One Level Lumbar Disc Replacement: N.D.
N.D. is a 44 year old gentleman with several years of low back pain, intermittent back spasms and more recently bilateral buttock pain. He exercises regularly and the pain has interfered with his exercise and with his job. XRAY demonstrated some collapse at L5-S1 and MRI demonstrated degenerative disc disease with disc bulging causing bilateral narrowing of the exiting space for the nerves. After long-standing pain and failure of non-surgical treatments we elected to proceed with an anterior lumbar discectomy and artificial disc replacement. He went home from the hospital the day after surgery. He began physical therapy 6 weeks after surgery and his low back pain and buttock pain are greatly improved.
Post-surgical XRAYs showing artificial disc replacement: