Lower back pain is a very common problem for many people. For those who have constant disabling low back pain that has not responded to treatment methods such as physical therapy or other non-surgical treatments, surgical options such as lumbar total disc replacement may relieve and decrease the pain. Patients with leg pain, which may or may not be accompanied by lower back pain, may also be candidates for total disc replacement treatment.
In the past, disc degeneration was often treated by spinal fusion surgery. However, with the advancement of medical technologies and practices, lumbar total disc replacement surgery has emerged as a viable alternative to spinal fusion. The 2021 Position Statement From the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery on Cervical and Lumbar Disc Replacement confirms that lumbar total disc replacement surgery is an effective alternative surgery that helps relieve back pain while still preserving motion.