Healthbase Medical Tourism Dental Tourism - Healthcare Beyond Boundaries Healthcare Beyond Boundaries™
Login      Bookmark this page   Sitemap   Increase the font size Decrease the font size
Share: facebook

Artificial Disc Replacement or ADR Surgery

Artificial disc replacement or ADR (also known as total disc arthroplasty and spine disk arthroplasty) is a treatment for patients with severe degenerative disc disease (DDD) which is a condition that can occur in the neck or low back and cause significant pain. ADR or artificial disc replacement surgery removes the affected spinal disc (the cushion that separates your spinal bones or vertebrae and helps protect your spinal column) and replaces it with artificial parts. It is much like a hip replacement or a knee replacement surgery that replaces the worn out parts with prosthetic implants. The artificial disk replacement surgery which is normally done through the abdomen aims to give flexibility and normal motion to the diseased spinal segment.

If the surgery is being done to treat neck pain and associated problems then it is called a cervical artificial disc replacement surgery. If, on the other hand, the surgery is to treat problems in the lower back, it is called lumbar artificial disc replacement surgery.

Artificial disc replacement has been developed as an alternative to spinal fusion, with the goal of pain reduction or elimination, while still allowing motion throughout the spine. Another possible benefit is the prevention of premature breakdown in adjacent levels of the spine, a potential risk in fusion surgeries.

During total disc replacement (TDR) surgery, the surgeon removes the damaged disc and replaces it with an artificial disc. The goals of total disc replacement surgery are to:

  • Maintain segmental spinal motion
  • Relieve pain and increase activity
  • Restore disc height and proper spine curvature
  • Reduce post-operative recuperation time
  • Reduce risk of bone graft donor site pain and pseudarthrosis, which is improper movement of a joint after healing


ADR Implant

 CHARITE ADR implant by DePuy Spine Inc.

Artificial discs are usually made of metal or plastic-like (biopolymer) materials, or a combination of the two. These materials have been used in the body for many years. Total disc replacements have been used in Europe since the late 1980s. The most commonly used total disc replacement designs have two plates. One attaches to the vertebrae above the disc being replaced and the other to the vertebrae below. Some devices have a soft, compressible plastic-like piece between these plates. The devices allow motion by smooth, usually curved, surfaces sliding across each other.


How is the disc replacement surgery performed?

After general anesthesia has been administered, the artificial disc replacement the procedure begins by removing the gelatinous damaged disc between the vertebrae. Once the disc is removed, the two metal plates of the implant are pressed into the bony endplates above and below the space now vacated by the disc. The metal spikes on the implanted plates hold these plates in place on the bone. Eventually bone will grow over and around the metal plates. A plastic spacer made of a polyethylene core is put between the plates. The patient`s own body weight compresses the spacer after the surgery is complete.


ADR Recovery and Rehabilitation

Recovery from artificial disc replacement and care afterwards are much like that for other anterior approaches to spine surgery. There is less pain from the procedure and fewer complications in general. The materials are designed not to cause sensitivities once in the body. You will undergo physical therapy (physiotherapy) at the hospital after the surgery to get you back on foot gradually. Your physical therapist (PT) will also teach you exercises to help improve motion and keep your muscles from getting sore and tight. To aid in home rehabilitation, it is advised that you prepare your home for rehab prior to leaving for the hospital for surgery.


Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery Abroad

Affordable artificial disc replacement spine surgery is possible due to what is known as medical tourism. If you are one of the more than 47 million uninsured Americans, have a chronic disabling back pain and are a candidate for ADR surgery then traveling overseas for cheap surgery is a practical option for you. Outside of the United States, countries boasting some of the top spine centers in the world are India, Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Germany and Turkey. Some of the more well-known spine hospitals in these countries are Apollo Hospitals, Fortis Healthcare (Wockhardt Hospitals), Barcelona Spine Center, Hospital Clinica Biblica, Parkway Hospitals, Anadolu Medical Center, etc. If medical tourism seems like an uncharted territory then engage the services of a specialized medical travel facilitator like Healthbase that can connect you with an overseas provider while also extending several other valuable concierge services.


Related links

Free Quote
Free Quote
Healthbase, an award-winning* medical tourism facilitator in USA, is the trusted source for global medical and dental choices, connecting patients to leading healthcare facilities worldwide. We arrange a variety of medical tourism services from basic consultations to full service treatment abroad. We help you to take care of all your medical tourism details from arranging the surgery and financing options to visas, travel, lodging and tourism.

Healthbase caters to the needs of individual consumers, self-funded businesses, insurance carriers, benefit consultants, insurance agents, and third party administrators seeking affordable medical travel and dental travel options. Our state-of-the-art, easy to use, information rich web-based system makes it easy to coordinate international medical care including necessary travel and accommodation for patients and their companions, all at one place.

The cost of surgical care at our ever growing network of affiliated institutions is typically a fraction of the cost of care in the U.S. with equal or superior outcomes. Healthbase arranges first class services for patients at major internationally accredited hospitals in Thailand, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Turkey, Belgium, Hungary, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Mexico, USA and is expanding to Canada, UK, Jordan,Taiwan, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, El Salvador and Guatemala.

We offer over two hundred medical, dental and cosmetic procedures in various categories: Orthopedic procedures such as hip replacement, Birmingham hip resurfacing, artificial knee replacement, rotator cuff repair, knee surgery; Cardiac and Vascular procedures like heart bypass (multiple coronary artery bypass graft or CABG), aortic aneurysm repair, heart valve repair, heat valve replacement, angioplasty, RF Ablation; Spinal procedures such as spine fusion, laminectomy, disc replacement; Weight-loss procedures like gastric bypass, lap band, gastric sleeve; Eye procedures like LASIK; Cosmetic and Plastic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation, face lift, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), liposuction; Dental procedures such as orthognathic surgery, dental bridges, dental implants, dental crowns; dental veneers; and hundreds of other procedures in the departments of Urology, General surgery, Wellness and many more. The savings are up to 80% of typical US hospital prices.

Medical Tourism, also termed as Medical Travel, Health Travel, Health Tourism, Global Healthcare, Medical Vacation, Medical Value Travel, Medical Treatment Abroad, International Medical, Surgical Tourism, Surgery Abroad, Surgical Trip, Healthcare Abroad, Medical Outsourcing, offshore Medical and Overseas Medical, is the act of traveling abroad to receive medical, dental and cosmetic care. Significantly lower cost for best practice care is usually the primary motivation behind medical tourism although some medical tourists go abroad for immediate availability of procedures and to seek treatments that are not available in their home country. Patients frequently also take advantage of the opportunity to vacation and tour inexpensively in the foreign country while they are visiting for health care. Signup to know more about medical or dental tourism.

* - Awarded the "Best Website for Accessing International Medical Information for Patients/Consumers" by Consumer Health World 2007.

Trusted Source for Medical Tourism and Dental Tourism

Medical Tourism Singapore | Medical Tourism India | Medical Tourism Thailand | Medical Tourism Mexico | Medical Tourism Turkey
Medical Tourism Costa Rica | Medical Tourism Panama | Medical Tourism Belgium | Medical Tourism Europe | Medical Tourism Asia | Medical Tourism Philippines | Medical Tourism In The United States Of America | Medical Tourism Latin America | Medical Tourism North America | Medical Tourism Brazil | Medical Tourism Spain | Medical Tourism New Zealand | Medical Tourism South Korea | Medical Tourism Philippines | Medical Tourism Jordan | Medical Tourism Virtual Tours | Medical Tourism Translation | Medical Tourism Patient Testimonials | Frequently Asked Questions - Medical Tourism | Resources - Medical Tourism | Medical Tourism Blog | Medical Tourism Tips | Medical Tourism Guide | Medical Tourism - Medical Outsourcing | Top 10 Reasons Why Medical Tourism is Popular | Medical Tourism Information | Medical Tourism Map | Medical Tourism - Conferences | Dental Tourism | Domestic Medical Tourism | Medical Tourism Association | Medical Tourism Plans For Insurers | Medical Tourism Plans For Employers | Medical Tourism Travel Insurance | Medical Tourism Flight Status | Medical Tourism Passport Status | Medical Tourism Airlines Contact Numbers | Medical Tourism Financing | Medical Tourism World Clock | Medical Tourism Currency Converter | Medical Tourism Conference 2008 | Medical Tourism Patient Stories | Medical Tourism Travel
The first place winner of the 2007 Consumer Health World Award in the category of Best Website for Accessing International Medical Information for Patients/Consumers
©2006 Healthbase Online Inc. All rights reserved. | About us | Link to us | Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy | Credits | Feedback | Resources
1-617-564-1795     Best viewed with Firefox1.5+ and IE6 | Sitemap | Powered by
Please consider the environment before printing this page