Disc Replacement and Spine Surgery for Greater Mobility and Better Quality of Life

Disc Replacement and Spine Surgery

When patients come to us for spine surgery in Kansas City, they often come because of chronic low back pain, limb weakness, nerve pressure, aching lumbar discs, a weakened spine, or improper alignment. In fact, studies have found that more than 80% of Americans will experience low back pain at some point in their lives, and many Americans live with chronic back pain that can affect not only their day-to-day life but also their overall health. Not all back pain is created equal, but disc replacement surgery may be right for you if your lower back pain has resisted other methods of treatment or led to a weakened or misaligned spine or pressure on your nerves.

Ultimately, there’s no reason to live with chronic pain or discomfort when relief is available. If non-invasive therapies have proven ineffective against back pain, then spine surgery may be the answer. Artificial disc replacement surgery is a common type of spinal surgery that can alleviate many symptoms and help to treat chronic pain and damaged spines. While spine surgery is always a delicate process, disc replacement surgery isn’t really all that different from other surgeries that have been successfully performed for decades such as artificial hip, knee, and shoulder joint replacements.

How does disc replacement surgery work? Spine surgeries can be performed in minimally invasive ways using the latest surgical techniques requiring only very small incisions. In fact, Dr. William Reed, Jr. of Blue Valley Surgical Associates is among the top spine surgeons in the US performing artificial disc replacements, in both volume and outcomes. By perfecting the techniques of disc replacement and spine surgery, the spine surgery team at Blue Valley can help patients recover more quickly, and with less discomfort and less visible scarring.

Using a small incision, surgeons can remove a painful or damaged disc and replace it with an artificial prosthetic implant. The implant takes the place of the removed disc and works in much the same way, but without the pain, misalignment, or other problems that can accompany damaged or inflamed discs. Besides treating chronic pain, spine surgery in Kansas City can help to increase a patient’s range of motion and allow them to enjoy life again. Chronic pain takes a heavy toll, and an injured spine can make it difficult to exercise, work around the house, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy many other daily activities. Those who suffer from chronic back pain are often forced to rely heavily on medications and find it difficult to go to work. In fact, low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. With proper care from the spine surgery specialists at Blue Valley Surgical Associates, patients can reduce or eliminate back pain while also regaining their quality of life.

If you’re suffering from back pain and have attempted non-invasive therapies, spine surgery may be the solution that you’ve been looking for. To learn more or schedule an appointment, visit our website or call 913-378-1365.

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