Have any of you heard about this new kind of surgery for the back yet? The new artificial disc is recommended for 18 to 60-year-olds with an injury. Doctors say patients recuperate faster and don't lose any range of motion or function. Dr. Jorge Isaza has been studying and implanting this artificial disc since 1997 in clinical trials. It's been on the world market for nearly two decades but now is FDA approved.
A disc that will take the place of surgical fusion where a piece of hip bone is removed then put in the place of the damaged disc, and the two vertebral bones around it are fused together.
The doctors get to the damaged disc through the abdomen, constantly checking with x-rays to make sure they are removing the injured disc. The entire time the spinal cord and nerves are monitored to make sure there is no damaging pressure or irritation to them. The space left by the removed disc is measured several times so that the exact correct size of the charite' artificial disc is chosen.
Just thought I would share incase anybody is intrested.