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Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR)

At Spine Surgery Associates, all of our procedures are performed by a team of two Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeons to maximize relief and minimize your recovery time.

Artificial Disc Replacement may be an alternative to spinal fusion surgery for many patients. This procedure uses a flexible implant that allows for motion preservation in the spine. Artificial Disc Replacement is used to treat a variety of conditions related to Degenerative Disc Disease.

During ADR surgery, small cameras and proper illumination and specially designed surgical instruments are used to remove the herniated disc and/or bone spurs. Once removed, an flexible implant is placed in the space formerly occupied by the disc. This implant allows the spine to remain mobile and function the same as a healthy spine. The implant is comprised of two plates that are attached to the vertebrae above and below the removed disc. Once the plates are attached, a small rounded implant is inserted to function as the spinal disc.

This procedure requires an incision of about 3-4 cm and is performed on an outpatient basis. Our Minimally Invasive Approach avoids unnecessary muscle dissection and damage to the surrounding areas and utilizes fluoroscopic guidance to ensure accuracy. With this Minimally Invasive Approach, patients are able to return to their active routines much faster than with traditional spine surgery. At Spine Surgery Associates, all of our procedures are performed by a team of two Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeons to maximize relief and minimize your recovery time.