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Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR)

If you are considering artificial disc replacement (ADR) in China and would like to get know more information about artificial disc replacement (ADR), please complete the inquiry form or email us at info@shmtppp.com

Overview

Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR), or Total Disc Replacement (TDR), is a type of arthroplasty. It is a surgical procedure in which degenerated intervertebral discs in the spinal column are replaced with artificial devices in the lumbar (lower) or cervical (upper) spine. The procedure is used to treat chronic, severe low back pain and cervical pain resulting from degenerative disc disease.

Artificial disc replacement has been developed as an alternative to spinal fusion, with the goal of pain reduction or elimination, while still allowing motion throughout the spine. Another possible benefit is the prevention of premature breakdown in adjacent levels of the spine, a potential risk in fusion surgeries.

How a Disc Is Replaced

The technique to install an artificial disc (whether in the neck or low back) is routine and safe. In both traditional disc surgery and artificial disc replacement the procedure begins by removing the gelatinous disc between the vertebrae.

  • Once the disc is removed, two metal plates are pressed into the bony endplates above and below the space now vacated by the disc.
  • Metal spikes hold these plates in place on the bone.
  • Eventually bone will grow over and around the metal plates.
  • The patient's own body weight compresses the spacer after the surgery is complete.

A plastic spacer made of a polyethylene core is put between the plates. The device allows for six degrees of freedom.

Recovery

Recovery from artificial disc replacement and care afterwards are much like that for other anterior approaches to lumbar spine surgery. In some cases, recovery is faster than for a traditional fusion surgery. There is less pain from the procedure and fewer complications in general. The materials used in artificial disc replacements are similar the materials used in routine hip and knee replacement surgery. The materials are designed not to cause sensitivities once in the body.

If you are considering artificial disc replacement (ADR) in China and would like to get know more information about artificial disc replacement (ADR), please complete the inquiry form or email us at info@shmtppp.com