Spinal Disc Replacement
Spinal disc replacement is a controversial procedure that has existed since the 1950's where an artificial disc replaces the original. This procedure was virtual abandoned in the 1970's due to the complications associated with the surgery and recovery. The FDA has now approved disc replacement and the procedure and medical technology are making advancements. The surgery is similar to other joint replacement surgeries, in that the surgeon is removing a damaged joint, and replacing this with a metal and plastic implant. In the lumbar spine, the goal is to remove the damaged, painful disc, and replace this with a metal and plastic implant. The implant is designed to move like a normal disc.
If perfected, it is believes that this surgery will replace spinal fusion surgery for several reasons. It is anticipated that the success rate will be higher than that of spinal fusion surgery; which has an approximate 80% success rate. Also, when the spine is fused, it limits a person's mobility, whereas the replacement of the disc will hopefully act like the original.
If you suffered a back injury in an accident, you may have a legal claim against a negligent person or business to compensate you for your injuries. If you had surgery and your condition has improved, you may still have a claim for your pain and suffering and disability caused by accident. You may also be limited in future actitivies, even after surgery, and you are entitled to compensation for this also.
To learn more about your legal rights if you have suffered a back injury in an accident, call our office now or submit this contact form. We will carefully explain your legal rights to you and discuss your legal options to pursue a claim.