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Disc Replacement in Italy

Hospitals and medical centers in Italy performing Disc Replacement surgery.

Fondazione Poliambulanza Hospital

In 1903, a group of 12 doctors in Brescia established Fondazione Poliambulanza as a private and non-profit hospital.


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About Disc Replacement

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

What is Disc Replacement Surgery?
Disc replacement surgery is a surgical procedure in which a degenerative disc that causes chronic back pain is replaced by a metal or plastic intervertebral disc. This surgery is done if non-surgical treatments used for at least six months have failed. The disc replacement restores movements in the specific part of the vertebral column, which enables a painless motion of the higher segment of the vertebral column.

The Artificial Disc
An artificial disc is used to replace the diseased disc. It is made up of a sliding core that is flanked by two metal endplates. These endplates are derived from medical grade cobalt chromium alloy. The sliding core is derived from a medical grade plastic.

How is the Disc Replacement Surgery Performed?

  • An incision is made in the patient’s abdomen.
  • The abdominal organs are carefully put on one side of the abdomen so that the front portion of the spine is visible.
  • A large section from the center of the degenerated disc is removed.
  • Then, the surgeon spreads the spine bones to create space.
  • A surgical microscope is used to remove any material of the diseased disc.
  • After this, the disc space is brought back to its normal space and the artificial disc is inserted into the disc space by using a fluoroscope.
  • The fluoroscope enables the surgeon to view an x-ray image of the replacement while the procedure is going on.
  • Since the surgeon views the implant as and when it is inserted by using a fluoroscope, the surgical procedure is more accurate and much safer.
  • In due course, the bones grow around the metal disc and become stable and strong.

How to Prepare for the Surgery?
  • The patient needs to undergo a physical checkup.
  • An anesthesiologist will evaluate the patient.
  • Certain medication that the patient is taking may be stopped 10 days prior to the surgery.
  • The patient should inform the doctor about any ailments or medical conditions.
  • Smoking should be stopped at least a couple of weeks before the surgery to ensure quick healing and a successful result.
  • The patient may need to donate blood incase the patient requires a blood transfusion during or after the surgery.

Duration of procedure/surgery : 1 to 2 hours

Days admitted : 3 to 4 days

Anesthesia : General Anesthesia

Recovery : - The patient will be able to get up and walk on the same day of the surgery. - Pain medication will be provided and physical therapy will start when the patient is still in the hospital. - The patient may be able to return to work in 2 to 4 weeks. However, if the patient’s job involves rigorous activity and lifting heavy items, the recovery will take longer. - The patient may fully recover in 6 weeks and can resume recreational activities in three months after the surgery.

Risks : - Infection - Nerve damage - Blood vessel injury - Injury to the organs - Breakage or dislodgement of the artificial disc - Pain - Sexual dysfunction

After care : - The patient should visit the surgeon on scheduled follow-up appointments. - X-rays will be taken from time to time to determine the healing progress. - The patient should not lift heavy objects. - The patient should walk on a daily basis for at least 30 minutes. - Physical therapy sessions may continue on an outpatient basis. - After the patient is better and feels comfortable exercising, the physical therapy sessions will stop, and the exercises can be continued at home.

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