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Lumbar Disc Replacement Surgery

Lumbar disc replacement Surgery is a relatively new treatment for people who have suffered from degenerative discs causing years of severe and debilitating pain in their spine. It involves an operation to remove a damaged disc and replace it with an artificial disc.

Causes of lumbar disc replacement

Lumbar Discs can become damaged, ineffective and painful through wear and tear, poor posture, heavy lifting, repeated minor injuries, trauma or a degenerative disease.

Lumbar disc replacement symptoms

A damaged lumbar disc can cause a range of pain, numbness and tingling across the body but the most common symptom is lower back pain which causes problems and discomfort straightening your back. Pain can be felt in the shoulders, back, arms, neck, hands, legs and feet while pain will be felt in the buttocks, hips or legs if the disc exerts pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Lumbar disc replacement treatment

Conventional spinal fusion surgery that stiffens the spine carries prolonged recovery from work and activities and is associated with adjacent level disc degeneration from added stress to the discs.

Lumbar disc replacement surgery is only offered after non-operative alternatives have been exhausted. In this procedure, the surgeon inserts an artificial disc replacement composed of high-density plastic sandwiched between two metal plates in place of the removed disc in order regain normal motion.

Grooved teeth in the plates’ outer sides keep the disc in place, as does the natural pressure of the spine. The artificial disc helps the spine maintain its natural flexibility and shock absorption.

The procedure reduces midline spinal pain, recovery times and hospital stays is much reduced as compared to fusion and it also allows for the patient to lead an active and productive life due to the maintenance of normal spinal motion with an associated lower rate of additional surgery for degeneration of adjacent disc segments.

The hospital stay for disc replacement surgery is approximately two days. Patients can begin rehabilitation and return to daily activities much quicker than with fusion surgery.

Contact us

If you would like to know more about our lumbar disc replacement surgery procedure then contact us today by phone on 020 3370 1030 or email spinespecialists@hje.org.uk

Spine Clinic

The Spine Clinic at St John & St Elizabeth Hospital is a centre for excellence in the diagnosis, intervention and aftercare of all spinal conditions.

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Patient information

Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, ENT, as well as a private GP practice and our urgent care centre, Casualty First, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

Make an enquiry

If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information then get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 020 3370 1030.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

 If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.

If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRI’s a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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