There are several strong reasons why you should choose an artificial disc over a traditional Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion or ACDF. Let us first look at what is the optimal goal for a traditional anterior discectomy and fusion.
Everyone has experienced that dull ache in the neck that eventually becomes a headache. There are many causes and most are not a result of a serious condition, an aspirin or other pain reliever usually does the trick. If you experience these headaches frequently, however, you may want to consult a doctor.
If you have ever gone to the hospital or have undergone a medical procedure, then it is possible that you have heard the terms “Inpatient” and “Outpatient” before. When going through surgery, it is typical for a patient to assume they will need to be hospitalized prior to their procedure but with constant technological advances in healthcare, increased minimally invasive techniques, and advances in pain control, that is not always the case.
According to researchers, SI Joint pain is an underappreciated source of low back pain that affects between 15 and 30 percent of people with chronic pain. Some people who experience back pain can even be unaware that the pain is stemming from the SI Joints. So, what is the SI joint and how is it causing back pain?
If you’ve got chronic back pain that is unrelenting, you probably have seen the ads for minimally invasive spine surgery. The ads make the procedure sound simple, quick and claim that the incision can be closed with just a Band-Aid being applied to the patient’s back.
There are 24 bones from the top of the spine to the bottom, in three sections. The cervical section includes the neck consisting of 7 cervical vertebrae, the next 12 vertebrae make up the thoracic spine and the lower section of lumbar includes five vertebrae.