The good news is that many people are candidates for artificial disc replacement surgery, and the best way to find out is to consult with a highly skilled and qualified spinal surgeon. This is because each patient and case are different and, where a less-qualified spinal surgeon may see a specific condition, like osteoporosis, as a disqualifying factor for surgery, a highly-experienced spinal neurosurgeon, like Dr. Lanman, will make the decision based on that patient’s unique case.
In general, but not always, patients who qualify for artificial disc replacement have severe enough back and neck pain to significantly interfere with their ability to work, pursue active hobbies, or participate in sports. They also have likely not responded to other recommended treatments for the past 6 months, including heat, maximum tolerated activity, physical therapy, oral analgesics, and/or corticosteroids. The best outcomes have been found in patients from 18-70 years old.
Patients who still may not be ideal candidates, or may need additional treatments to qualify, are those who have experienced failed spinal surgery, have osteoporosis of the spine, (retro)vertebral compression, or ankylosing spondylitis.
The only way to know for sure is to have a consultation with a spinal surgeon who is skilled and experienced in ADR.