Artificial Disc Placement

Artificial disk replacement is not appropriate for all patients with low back pain. In general, good candidates for disk replacement have the following characteristics:

Back pain caused by one or two problematic (arthritic) intervertebral disks in the lumbar spine
No significant facet joint disease or bony compression on spinal nerves
Body size that is not excessively overweight
No prior major surgery on the lumbar spine
No deformity of the spine (scoliosis)
No osteoporosis (weak bone)