Disc Replacement Problems Can Be Easily Corrected

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Total Disc Replacement

A revolution may be under way in spine care, and it can be summed up in three words: total disc replacement (TDR). For the first time, surgeons have the ability to employ spinal implants that preserve the natural mobility of the spine.

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But this revolution has encountered unexpected resistance from some clinicians and payers, who worry about the long-term durability of artificial discs and the degree to which repeat surgery can address device failures and complications. Some have even suggested that surgery to replace faulty discs might pose potentially life-threatening dangers.

However, a new study offers the reassuring conclusion that early surgical failures can be safely corrected in a second operation.

"Lumbar TDR with the Charit

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