Artificial intervertebral discs

If other treatments for severe wear and tear of the vertebral disc associated with disc prolapses or bulges fail to produce any adequate effect, we are able to replace the diseased disc with a disc prosthesis. This offers a major advantage over the fusion surgery option (spondylodesis) by preserving the mobility of the spine.

Treatment details

Duration of procedure: approx. 2 hours
In-patient stay: 10 days
Protection time: 4 weeks
Physiotherapy: 6 to 10 weeks
Time off work: 4 weeks
Car driving: after 4 weeks
Sports: swimming straight away, cycling after 4 weeks, golf and tennis after 10 weeks

Duration of treatment

Under general anaesthetics, we make a small incision in the skin underneath the belly button. Through this incision, we first completely remove the degenerated disc from the space inbetween the vertebrae. We then move the vertebrae into their original position and insert the prosthesis into the now widened gap between them.

This is made up of two small metal plates, between which is a flexible, mobile piece of plastic that takes over the disc's shock absorbing function. The roughened surface of the metal plates allows the prosthesis to grow into place with the adjacent vertebral bodies over the ensuing weeks.