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Artificial Disc Replacement

Considering Artificial Disc Replacement for Your Back Pain?

If you're experiencing chronic back pain due to a degenerated disc in your cervical spine (neck), you may be considering artificial disc replacement (ADR) as a treatment option. DRHC Dubai's Dr. Rami Hamed Center is a leading facility for spine surgery in Dubai, offering advanced ADR procedures to help patients achieve lasting pain relief and preserve spinal mobility.

What is Artificial Disc Replacement?

Traditional spinal fusion surgery for a herniated disc involves removing the damaged disc and fusing the vertebrae together. While effective in some cases, fusion can limit spinal flexibility. ADR offers an alternative by implanting an artificial disc device that takes the place of the degenerated disc. This allows for more natural movement in the spine compared to fusion.

Benefits of ADR

  • Motion Preservation:DRHC prioritizes ADR as it helps maintain flexibility and range of motion in your neck.
  • Faster Recovery: ADR procedures are often minimally invasive, leading to potentially shorter hospital stays and quicker rehabilitation.
  • Reduced Pain: By addressing the source of pain (the degenerated disc), ADR aims to provide long-term pain relief.
  • Improved Quality of Life: With restored mobility and reduced pain, ADR can significantly improve your daily activities and overall well-being.

When Might You Need Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR)?

Artificial disc replacement (ADR) is a surgical option for a specific set of conditions. Here's a breakdown of circumstances that might make ADR a suitable treatment for you:

Considering the Degeneration:

  • Disc Location and Severity: ADR is typically most effective for single-level disc herniation in the cervical spine (neck). The extent of degeneration also plays a role; ADR is suited for moderate to severe disc issues.
  • Not Suitable for Extensive Degeneration: If multiple discs are severely degenerated, or instability is present across multiple vertebrae, ADR may not be the best option. Fusion surgery might be more appropriate in such cases.

Considering Your Age and Activity Level:

  • Younger and Active Individuals: ADR is generally recommended for younger patients (typically under 60) who lead active lifestyles and desire to preserve spinal mobility. Fusion surgery, while effective for pain relief, can limit flexibility.

Considering Your Symptoms:

  • Chronic Pain: You experience persistent neck pain that hasn't responded well to conservative treatments like physical therapy or medication.
  • Radiculopathy: You have radiating pain, numbness, or weakness in your arm due to a pinched nerve caused by the herniated disc.
  • Limited Mobility: Your neck movement is significantly restricted due to the disc herniation.

Other Considerations:

  • Overall Health: You should be in good physical health to undergo ADR surgery. Certain medical conditions might make you a poor candidate.
  • Prior Spinal Surgery: If you've had previous spinal fusion surgery in the same area, ADR might not be feasible.

What to Expect at DRHC Dubai

  • Consultation: Dr. Hamed will discuss your medical history, symptoms, and perform a thorough examination to determine if ADR is suitable for you.
  • Pre-Operative Evaluation: Necessary tests like X-rays, MRI scans, and blood work may be ordered to assess your overall health and spine condition.
  • Surgical Procedure: ADR surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Hamed uses minimally invasive techniques whenever possible to minimize discomfort and scarring. The artificial disc is carefully inserted into the space between the vertebrae to restore function and relieve pressure on nerves.
  • Recovery:Following surgery, you'll receive comprehensive pain management and physiotherapy guidance to promote healing and regain mobility.

Why Choose DRHC Dubai for ADR?

  • Dr. Rami Hamed's Expertise: Dr. Hamed is a renowned orthopedic surgeon with extensive experience in performing complex spinal surgeries, including ADR.
  • Advanced Technology: DRHC Dubai utilizes state-of-the-art surgical tools and techniques for precise and efficient procedures.
  • Patient-Centered Care: The team at DRHC Dubai is dedicated to providing personalized care and ensuring your comfort throughout the entire process.

Considering ADR surgery is a significant decision. Contact DRHC Dubai today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rami Hamed and explore if artificial disc replacement can help you achieve a pain-free and mobile future.

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What is Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR)?

Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR) is a surgical procedure that replaces a diseased intervertebral disc with an artificial joint that allows the spine to bend, flex, and rotate similar to a healthy, natural disc.

How is ADR performed?

Most artificial disk replacement surgeries take 2 to 3 hours. The surgical team will approach your lower back from the front through an incision in your abdomen. With this approach, the organs and blood vessels must be moved to the side. This allows your surgeon to access your spine without moving the nerves.

Who is a candidate for ADR?

ADR is typically done for patients with spinal stenosis and abnormal alignment, such as spondylolisthesis (when one of the bones of the spine is slipped forward on top of the one below). Patients who are good candidates for surgery usually have back and leg symptoms: pain, weakness, changes in sensation, and trouble standing up straight or walking distances.

How long does ADR last?

Whereas artificial knee and hip joints often require a replacement in 15-25 years, ADR will typically last for 70+ years without a revision. The polyethylene core is incredibly long-lasting and is designed to last a lifetime.

What are the types of ADR?

Artificial disc replacement replaces both diseased cervical and lumbar discs.

What are the risks of ADR?

As with any surgical procedure, ADR comes with risks. These can include infection, nerve damage, allergic reaction to the artificial disc, and continued pain after the surgery.

What is the recovery time for ADR?

Recovery time can vary depending on the individual patient and the specifics of the surgery. However, most patients can expect to spend a few days in the hospital followed by a few weeks of rest at home. Physical therapy is often recommended to help regain strength and mobility.