Disc replacement surgery uses advanced techniques to remove and replace damaged discs so pain and other symptoms are relieved. Drs. Alan Appley and Jason Cormier at Acadiana Neurosurgery are trusted providers of disc replacement surgery for patients in Lafayette, Louisiana, helping patients relieve chronic pain and enjoy improved mobility and function.
Discs are spongy structures located between each pair of spine bones (vertebrae) to provide shock absorption and promote normal spine movement and flexibility. When a disc becomes very badly damaged, surgery may be needed to relieve pain and restore normal function. In the past, surgery involved removing the disc and fusing the vertebrae together using a graft. But more recently, disc replacement procedures have become popular. In these surgeries, the damaged natural disc is replaced with an artificial disc made of metal or polymer materials (or both) that have been designed to function as a natural disc.
Disc replacement surgery is performed to relieve chronic and debilitating spine pain and loss of normal function in the back or neck, as well as related symptoms like chronic pain, numbness or weakness radiating into the arms or legs. As with other spine surgeries, disc replacement surgery is performed when more conservative treatments like corticosteroid injections and other medications have failed to provide relief or when damage is too extensive for conservative treatments. Generally, disc replacement procedures may not be ideal for patients who have had prior surgery in the area, for those who are obese or for patients with certain spinal diseases like facet joint disease or scoliosis. Diagnostic imaging studies using CT scans, MRI or x-rays will be performed before surgery to help determine if the patient is a good candidate for artificial disc replacement.
Disc replacement surgery is performed under general anesthesia. During the surgery, incisions are made in the belly or the neck (depending on the location of the disc that’s being replaced) to enable the damaged disc and other debris to be removed. The surfaces of the vertebrae are carefully cleaned, and the artificial disc is inserted and secured. Once the disc is in place, x-rays will be used to confirm its position before closing the incisions and applying a dressing. Patients will remain in the hospital for a day or two before being discharged. Activity restrictions and complete recovery instructions will be provided before discharge.
At Acadiana Neurosurgery, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed. We will be happy to submit a claim for our services to these plans as well as Medicare, with which we are a participating provider. Please remember that insurance is only a method of reimbursing the patient for fees paid to the doctor – it is not a substitute for payment. Some insurance companies pay fixed allowances for certain procedures and others pay a percentage of the charge. It is your responsibility to pay any deductible, co-insurance or any balance not paid by your insurance company. We do accept Visa, American Express and MasterCard for your convenience.
"Dr. Cormier is excellent in all facets of his practice!"
'Brilliant..... Removed a brain tumor from my 19yr old daughter few yes ago. She is doing great. Also 2 fusions on me I would recommend Dr. Cormier to anyone!!"
"Dr. Cormier, the quality of your surgical care truly makes it a healing ministry."
"I never met a doctor with such love for his work who listens to his patients and really cares about their issues. You deal with people with great patience."