Lumbar disc replacement surgery
If you have back pain and degenerative discs on your MRI scan then your specialist may recommend lumbar disc replacement. This procedure removes the disc and replaces it with an artificial one. This procedure may relieve the back pain but also preserve the normal movements of the spine and reduce the strain on the adjacent discs. The success rates of this procedure are similar to lumbar fusion with between 50% and 80% of patients noticing an improvement in their back pain. The risks of the procedure are similar to those of spinal fusion. This surgery can produce alterations in sexual function, but this is rare and your specialist will discuss this with you before offering surgery.