Wednesday, February 27, 2008



A New Treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease

Many people with degenerative disc disease have suffered through excruciating back pain with no relief in sight. Treatment for this disease has been limited to nonsurgical treatments or as a last resort, the extensive procedure of spinal fusion surgery. While spinal fusion surgery has progressed over the years, this procedure to replace the damaged lumbar often fails, as the lumbar segment has the potential to become stiff and motionless after it is repaired. Fortunately, an article on Kait8.com in Jonesboro, AR, has recently reported that there is a new, optional treatment involving prosthetic discs, called Sythes ProDisc-L Total Disc Replacement.

The article interviewed Dr. Kenneth Tonymon, a neurosurgeon in Jonesboro, AR, and the only neurosurgeon in Jonesboro trained and certified to implant the Synthes ProDisc-L.

Dr. Tonymon said that the surgery preserves range of motion and decreases chances of stressing the discs, because it is similar to joint replacement. Sythes ProDisc-L Total Disc Replacement allows one to maintain motion between the backbones, as well as front to back and to side to side bending – something that spinal fusion surgery cannot do.

The procedure is best suited for someone who is healthy, active and suffers from constant, debilitating back pain that keeps them from doing the things they want to do.

The Sythes ProDisc-L Total Disc Replacement is somewhat complicated, as the surgeons make an incision in the abdomen to get to the spine. Regardless, most patients find themselves at home the very next day and can expect to be fully functional in six weeks.




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