Arthroplasty is a surgical procedure that is typically known for knee replacement or other joint replacement procedures. It is also possible to use this as a procedure that is completed on the spine as well. It is part of the procedure that is known as either a total disc replacement or an artificial disc replacement, either of which could have a significant impact on your ability to move about and to live a life that is relatively free of pain. It is performed by a qualified surgeon and it typically only considered if other types of non-surgical procedures did not work.
The discs in the spine serve a very specific purpose. They are there to help the vertebrae move independently of each other without having them come in contact with each other. This is important to understand because when problems take place with the discs, it can be an issue that produces very difficult and life-long problems. Those issues may also differ from one person to another, depending on the severity of the problem and the area that may be affected.
One of the problems that could lead to considering this type of procedure is degenerative disc disease. Although it has the disease in the name, it actually is not caused as a result of a disease. It is old age that typically causes this problem and it can be a progressive issue that gets worse as we get older. The disc will eventually be damaged to the point when it could herniate and the results of that herniation could cause some severe difficulties. One of the problems that might occur is that a nerve in the nearby area might be pinched. If that takes place, it could lead to pain, numbness, tingling and other problems.
Another issue that could lead to the consideration of spinal arthropathy is if the disc is injured in some way or another. Sometimes, compression may occur and if it is severe enough, it could cause permanent damage to the disc. Unfortunately, the discs are not able to heal themselves to you would be left needing this type of surgery to remove the damaged disc and to replace it with an artificial disc.
There are two common areas where you might have arthropathy done on the spine. It could be in the lower back, which is the lumbar spine or it could be in the cervical or upper spine. In either case, the problem can be significant and the artificial disc could provide a better solution than fusion surgery. It is really up to the doctor to decide and they will provide you with possible options, including non-surgical options.
Many people in the Dallas area use Dr. Dickerman to ensure that their spine is well cared for. He has been helping people in Hearst, Frisco, and other, nearby areas. Contact his office today and get things started. It can really help when it comes to getting back on your feet again.