Accurate DiagnosisNo matter how minimally invasive or minor a procedure may be, an accurate diagnosis prior to surgery is always required. Without a clear understanding of what is causing the pain, where it is originating, and how effective a given solution may be, surgery should never be attempted. The same is true with lumbar disc replacement.

Who is a Candidate?

Lumbar disc replacement has provided significant pain relief for many individuals in all walks of life, but it certainly is not for everyone. Good candidates for this procedure include the following:

  • Individuals who have back pain thought to be caused by one or two specific discs in the lumbar spine.
  • Individuals who are not excessively overweight.
  • Individuals who have not had any prior spinal surgeries.
  • Individuals who do not have spinal deformities (like scoliosis).

Lumbar Disc Replacement

If an individual is given the wrong diagnosis and opts for lumbar disc replacement, he or she may be susceptible to additional pain and negative side effects. As with any surgery, there are risks for complications and accidents. Nobody should pursue surgery unless a diagnosis indicates it could be a viable option.

Before proceeding with your lumbar disc replacement surgery, speak with your doctor to make certain your diagnosis is accurate.