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My wife will soon have the Charite artificial disc replacement procedure. What can you tell me about advantages and disadvantages of the Charite artificial disc? Thank you so much. Thank you in advance.

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Theoretical advantages of the Charite artificial disc is to preserve the mobility of the patient’s adjacent discs and delay the onset of arthritic changes adjacent to a fused level. The procedure can be a substitute for spinal fusion. About disadvantages…well, the disc is a very complicated joint, so the engineering challenge to partially or fully replace a disc is considerable. Disc injury is a common cause of back pain in younger, so an artificial disc needs to be designed to last for decades. The demands on a lumbar artificial disc will be very great and may not outlast the lifetime of the patient. That mean patients may need revision surgery and because of the nearby vascular structures and scar tissue from the original surgery, revision procedures for a lumbar artificial disc can be very dangerous.
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