Lumbar Total Disc Replacement Surgery Performed in Houston, Cypress & Tomball TX
Lumbar total disc replacement surgery is mainly performed to address low back pain. But, not everyone with low back pain is a good candidate for this procedure. If you would like to find out if surgery is right for you, R. Alexander Mohr, MD, can help.
As a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon who practices with Advanced Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Houston, Cypress and Tomball, Texas, Dr. Mohr specializes in helping his patients manage and overcome painful spine conditions. Having trained alongside many renowned neurosurgeons, he is uniquely qualified to perform lumbar total disc replacement and other complex spine procedures. And as an avid athlete, he truly understands how low back pain can get in the way of an active lifestyle.
When Is Lumbar Total Disc Replacement Surgery Appropriate?
After thoroughly assessing your spine and performing some diagnostic tests, Dr. Mohr can determine if a lumbar total disc replacement is appropriate for you. In general, he may suggest this treatment approach if:
- The source of your low back pain can be traced to a single damaged disc in your lumbar spine
- You do not have severe osteoarthritis of the spine
- You do not have spinal cord compression or spinal nerve root compression
- You have not previously had spine surgery
- You are not excessively overweight
- You do not have scoliosis or another spinal deformity
What Does Lumbar Total Disc Replacement Surgery Involve?
If you elect to proceed with a lumbar disc replacement, here’s a general idea of what you can expect: During your procedure, you will be lying on your back. After making an incision in your abdomen, Dr. Mohr will move aside the underlying tissues to access your spine. He will then remove the damaged disc, insert an artificial disc in its place and close the incision.
Over the next few months, your spine will adjust to the implanted device and your body will recover from the surgery. Dr. Mohr will provide detailed post-operated instructions and a timeline for your recovery (recovery times can vary among patients).
If you’d like to meet with Dr. Mohr to discuss your treatment options for low back pain, contact his office today to schedule an appointment in Houston, Cypress or Tomball, TX.