If you have a problem with a lumbar disc, the best course of action may be to surgically remove it. Board-certified spine surgeons, Dr. John Gorup and Dr. Mario Brkaric, have been providing minimally invasive and technically advanced surgical spine solutions to people of Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Rensselaer, and Logansport for years.
The discs between your spine bones are important for your spine flexibility and for shock absorption in your body. Vertebral discs are also important because they help create space for spinal nerves and blood vessels to exit the spinal column. Sometimes, however, a disc can become injured or diseased (for instance, it may herniate or degenerate over time). If the injured or diseased disc does not get better after conservative treatment—including chiropractic care, spinal rehab, and medications—then you may be advised to have the lumbar disc replaced.
To perform a lumbar disc replacement, our surgical team at Indiana Spine Center will place you under general anesthesia to keep you comfortable. A small incision is made your stomach. Through here, our surgeons utilize special instruments and technology to remove the diseased or damaged disc. The bone surfaces in the empty disc space are cleaned and cleared of debris. Then, the vertebral bones are gently spread apart, relieving pressure on the spinal nerves and creating space for a specialized implant that will replace the damaged disc. Metal plates are also fixed to the ends of the bone surfaces, to protect the vertebrae and improve the alignment of the disc replacement. After the implant is inserted, the vertebral bones are returned to their normal position, which secures the disc replacement hardware in place.
After your lumbar disc replacement surgery, our team will check the alignment of your implanted hardware on an x-ray to ensure optimal position. You may be instructed to wear a special back brace to help protect your spine as it heals. To improve your continuity of care, our team will help you recover through spine rehabilitation, interventional pain management, and other supportive strategies that promote healing. You may also be required to restrict moving your back in certain ways, called “back precautions,” that help protect the surgical site.
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Dr. Brkaric takes the necessary time to listen to his patients concerns, explain diagnostics, and treatment recommendations.
I have recommended Dr. Brkaric to many of my friends and family members and will continue to do so.
Dr. Gorup always explains everything in depth, the truth and what to expect. His bed side manner is excellent. And he has a great sense of humor.
Dr. Gorup is an excellent and caring doctor, not only to the patient but also their family. Skilled surgeon. Provides all the options. Answers all your questions.