After having his career derailed by intractable back pain and failed extensive nonoperative management, Tiger Woods rebounded to win his 82nd PGA Tour victory in Japan. He returned to competition on the golf course after undergoing an Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) at the L5-S1 level.
As a patient suffering from unremitting low back pain, if at least six months of aggressive nonsurgical treatment has failed to help, and especially if the pain and other symptoms are making it difficult to complete everyday activities, then back surgery may be an option to bring about pain relief and restore one’s ability to function.
Patients who suffer from chronic lower back pain that extends into the buttocks and legs are advised to seek out some form of lower back treatment, Dr. Lopez said. Unless the condition worsens, most patients will see improvement with physical therapy and anti-inflammatory treatments. However, if pain persists and advanced imaging confirms that a disc injury has occurred, the ALIF procedure could be a good solution, Dr. Lopez said.
Total disc replacement (TDR) is an innovative procedure that has gained traction in spine surgery. A large amount of data in the literature report on the short-term outcomes of TDR surgery favorably. However, surgeons remain reluctant to opt for TDR surgery due to uncertainty of long-term outcomes.
There are many different types of artificial discs. They share similar design principles that include keeping the empty disc space jacked open and allowing normal spinal movement at that specific level.
When he announced that he had undergone an anterior lumbar interbody fusion, many thought that his competitive golf career was over. It was his fourth back surgery since March 2014, which involved removing the L5-S1 intervertebral disc and then inserting fusion material to connect the L5 and S1 vertebrae. Although he has apparently recovered quite well from the operation, this surgery is quite rare among professional golfers.
If you are among the thousands suffering from chronic pain and limited mobility caused by a degenerative and/or herniated disc, it may be time to consider a surgical alternative. Artificial disc replacement (ADR), also referred to as TDR (total disc replacement) is used to correct pain, tingling, and loss of mobility resulting from a degenerative or herniated disc. However, there are certain considerations you and your doctor should discuss before moving forward with surgery. Here, we’ll share five things to consider about artificial disc surgery.
From research to recovery: the quest for a healthy, pain-free spine. The plan: A hybrid procedure of artificial disc replacement and fusion to my lumbar spine in September 2011 in England. I hope you learn something if you're here for your own research. I hope you're comforted by reading my steady progress if you're here for me. And mostly, I hope you realize that I appreciate all positive and helpful comments, suggestions, and interest in my journey to a healthier spine.
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