Limitations of Lumbar Disk Arthroplasty

  • Serena S. Hu


Motion-sparing devices such as lumbar disk replacement have revolutionized lumbar spine surgery and have the potential to maintain patient mobility and decrease the risk of adjacent segment disease. However, these devices need to be used with caution, including careful adherence to proper indications and meticulous surgical technique. The limited information we have about their long-term durability and effectiveness should lead us to be cautious about their implantation in young patients. Continued follow-up of patients in the long-term is required, and we should be wary of potential long-term effects on the adjacent tissues.


Back Pain Degenerative Disk Disease Chronic Pain Patient Lumbar Fusion Adjacent Segment Disease 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Orthopedic SurgerySan FranciscoUSA

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