Clinic Bel Etage
Clinic Bel Etage
Intervertebral Disc Prosthetics at Clinic Bel Etage Düsseldorf

Intervertebral Disc Prosthetics

In case of sudden and intense pain in the back, the worst case scenario may be a herniated disc. If back pain develops from one moment to the next, and the pain impulses radiate to the arms or legs, caution is advised. Other symptoms of a herniated disc are sensations such as tingling, numbness and even complete paralysis of the muscles. Reflexes are only present in a weakened form or are even completely switched off.

Disc Prosthesis – movement instead of stiffening thanks to disc surgery

Once the diagnosis of a herniated disc has been made, the question arises as to the correct therapy. If the disc is so severely damaged by the herniation that the normal management of everyday life and the overall freedom of movement is restricted, a disc surgery is a way to improve the state of health. A disc prosthesis is a viable option when choosing surgery, especially when there is a threat of the vertebral bodies subsiding and the patient’s mobility needs to be preserved. The use of a disc prosthesis gives the patient the chance to regain the mobility of his spine after the therapy is completed. In the case of an alternative stiffening, the patient must expect a restriction of his freedom of movement and lose mobility piecemeal.

Stabilization and protection of the vertebral bodies with the right prosthesis

The compensation of a non-intact intervertebral disc by a disc prosthesis is carried out in the Clinic Bel Etage only by means of high-quality implants. These consist of durable titanium plates, which are filled with titanium foam in the middle. In order to be in no way inferior to the function of a natural intervertebral disc, both of these plates are movable and usually grow firmly together with the vertebral body within three weeks after the intervertebral disc surgery. Due to the design of these implants, the pressure on the vertebral bodies is perfectly cushioned, allowing excellent mobility.

Cause of a herniated disc

Incorrect movement during tennis, too much physical work and many years of wear and tear, as well as jarring of the spine, are typical triggers for a herniated disc. Consistent pressure or jerky movements bruise or injure the disc between our vertebral joints, causing tissue to leak and press on an adjacent nerve or nerve root. The pain is immediate and the mobility of the affected person is massively reduced.

What happens when an intervertebral disc is defective?

The intervertebral discs in our spine connect our joint bodies and allow us extensive mobility. In the case of a herniated disc, tissue detaches from the gelatinous core and penetrates the fibrous core of the disc. The leaked tissue subsequently exerts pressure on nerves or the nerve root, which is why a strong pain impulse is the result.

Andreas Schmitz

Chief Physician in Neurosurgery
Specialist in Intervertebral Disc Prosthetics

Dr. (TR) Hüseyin Senyurt

Chief Physician in Orthopedics
Sports Medicine & Pediatric Orthopedics

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