Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints as many people get older. Often this pain can be caused by damaged lumbar discs that are no longer functioning correctly. As the body gets older, wear and tear can take its toll, especially in the spine. Lumbar discs are put under enormous strain, supporting the majority of the body’s weight. Over time, degeneration naturally occurs. For some people, there is no pain or discomfort due to this condition. For others, damage or deteriorated lumbar discs can be extremely painful and debilitating.
One of the treatment options available for severe lower back pain due to damage or diseased lumbar discs is replacement surgery. In the past, vertebrae fusion surgery was typically used to repair disc problems in the lumbar region. However, lumbar disc replacement offers some advantages over vertebrae fusion surgery for some patients, including more mobility and flexibility in the spine. At Atlanta Spine, we offer lumbar disc replacement and vertebrae fusion surgeries for lower back pain relief.
When to Consider a Lumbar Disc Replacement?
Surgery for lumbar disc problems is usually only considered when conservative treatments such as physical therapy, core stabilization, lumbar steroid injections and other options have not been successful. In a lumbar disc replacement, an artificial disc is used to replace the dysfunctional disc that is causing pain. Unlike vertebrae fusion where the disc is removed and the two adjoining vertebrae are connected, the artificial disc offers a more natural flexibility in the spine that mimics that natural disc movement.
If you have been using conservative treatments for your lumbar disc problem with no success, a lumbar disc replacement may be an option to consider. To learn more about this procedure, contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bhatti.