Anterior Lumbar Disc Replacement (ADR)
This surgical procedure is used to treat pain and neurological disability from lumbar degenerative disc disease resulting in pinched nerves or discogenic pain in the lumbar spine. An incision is made in the abdomen, the diseased disc is removed between the vertebrae and the vertebral body opened to relieve pressure on any pinched nerves roots and allow for a prosthetic disc to be inserted to replace the diseased disc.
The artificial disc helps maintain normal motion of the lumbar spine and therefore limiting stress and damage to adjacent levels of the spine. Relief of leg pain is often immediate with patients requiring 5-7 days stay in hospital followed by post-operative physiotherapy.