Disc Replacement

Disc Replacement Q & A

Why would I need a disc replacement?

Your spine isn’t necessarily a complicated mechanical system, but it’s an extraordinarily delicate one that relies on balance; every part needs to shoulder its share of the burden for optimal function.

If you have a problem with a disc, the effects can be widespread if the nerves in the area are affected, which can lead to muscle weakness. Disc problems may include:

  • Disc rupture
  • Chronic back pain
  • Radiculopathy
  • Pinched nerve
  • Neck pain

If you’ve undergone conservative treatments to resolve the issue, but to no avail, you may find relief with a disc replacement. If this is the case, rest assured that Dr. Mobin has considerable experience with this procedure and has helped many of his hard-to-treat patients find long-overdue relief.

How does a disc replacement work?

During a disc replacement procedure, Dr. Mobin uses the latest microscope-assisted techniques to remove your damaged disc and replace it with an artificial one, which is typically made from plastic and metal. The goal behind this technique is to maintain your mobility and flexibility, allowing you to move as freely as you did before the pain struck.

To gain entry, Dr. Mobin goes in through your abdomen to avoid the nerves along the back of your spine. If you need a disc replaced in your cervical spine, he goes in through the front of your neck.

A disc replacement procedure, in both cases, usually takes three hours for Dr. Mobin to complete. He places you under general anesthesia for your comfort.

How long is the recovery after a disc replacement surgery?

If Dr. Mobin replaces a disc in your neck, you should count on staying overnight before you’re released so he can keep an eye on you. If he replaces a disc in your lumbar spine, it usually requires two or three nights in the hospital.

When you receive the all-clear from Dr. Mobin, you’ll need to take it easy at home over the following weeks, avoiding any activity that taxes the surgical area. Your driving might be limited for a week or two, and you should plan on resting for at least two weeks to allow your body time to heal properly. After the third week, Dr. Mobin recommends physical therapy, and by week four, you’re able to return to your normal activities should everything progress smoothly.

To learn more about disc replacement surgery, call Mobin Neurosurgery, or use the online scheduler to book a consultation.

Mobin Neurosurgery

Fardad Mobin, MD

Board Certified Neurosurgeon located in Beverly Hills, CA

While nothing beats what Mother Nature gave you in terms of your musculoskeletal structure, there are times when the damage is beyond your body’s ability to repair it. At Mobin Neurosurgery, Fardad Mobin, MD, offers disc replacement surgery to his patients in Beverly Hills, California, allowing them the freedom to move without pain again. If your disc simply isn’t healing on its own, call the office or fill out the online form to schedule a consultation.