Artificial Lumbar Disc Implantation (Lumbar Disc Arthroplasty)
Artificial lumbar discs have been available in one form or another for more than 20 years now, but have evolved remarkably over that period. The early discs were simple ball-and-socket joints, but these have now been challenged by newer disc designs using polymer and composite materials, which aim to emulate more closely the functions of the healthy human disc.
Nevertheless experience in 100’s of thousands of artificial disc recipients over twenty years has taught us how careful must be the screening and assessment of potential recipients, according to strict criteria. Of all people presenting with degenerate or injured lumbar discs, fewer than 40% fulfil the criteria for suitability to receive an artificial disc.
Dr Brazenor has implanted many artificial lumbar and cervical discs in his operating years, and will advise you impartially as to whether you could benefit from an artificial disc or discs.