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Degenerative Disc Replacement

Everything you do during the day, once you stand upright, tests the spine's ability to support your body weight. Over time, these repeated daily stresses and minor injuries could add up and begin to affect the discs in your spine. As they accumulate, the disc eventually begins to suffer from the wear and tear. It begins to degenerate and may cause discogenic low back pain. Discogenic pain is a term back specialists use when referring to pain caused by a damaged intervertebral disc. A degenerating disc may cause pain as the disc begins to degenerate and there is some evidence that the disc itself becomes painful. Movements that place stress on the disc may result in low back pain that may extend into the buttocks area and even as far as the upper thigh. This condition can be relieved with a surgical procedure called artificial disc replacement. In this procedure, the damaged disc is replaced with a prosthetic metal and polyethylene disc. First, the damaged disc is removed and the end surfaces of the vertebral bodies are cleared of debris. The vertebral bodies are spread apart and the metal endplates are secured in place. The polyethylene sliding core is inserted between the endplates and the vertebrae are then returned to a normal position. The pressure of the spinal column seats the endplates into the bones and secures the sliding core in place. The correct position of the prosthesis is verified with visual inspection and x-ray.

Duration: 01:51
Licence: All rights reserved
Original Language: English
Published: 11/19/2015
Diseases and Conditions: Degenerative Disc Disease
Format: 3D Animation

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