A variety of symptoms, including local or radiating pain, muscle weakness, and numbness and tingling in the extremities may be caused by a bulging or herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, foraminal stenosis, arthritis in the spine, or tissue build-up and bone spurs. These are symptoms that may require a lumbar disc replacement surgery which restores your motion to the spine by replacing the worn, degenerated disc.
How Does this Procedure Work?
With a total lumbar disc replacement, Dr. Raskas will make a 1 to 2-inch incision on your abdomen and move organs and blood vessels to the side allowing him access to the spine without moving the nerves. Once this is done, he will remove the damaged and protruding disc and associated bone spurs in order to relieve any pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots. After preparing the disc space, Dr. Raskas will replace the disc with a disc replacement device and carefully place into position between the vertebrae and close the incision.
Because every patient is unique and treatment options range from minimally invasive back surgery to advanced surgical procedures recovery varies greatly among his patients and is dependent on the extent of your surgery, age and health.
For more information about a Total Lumber Disc Replacement Surgery or other spinal surgery options to treat back pain, contact Dr. David S. Raskas at call 314-442-4452.