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When a patient is having severe pain in the lumbar, one of the causes may be from a worn, damaged, or diseased disc in the spinal colomn. If there is one disc that has caused pain for more than six months and has not responded to physical therapy, your surgeon may opt to perform an artificial disc replacement in the back or neck instead of performing a spinal fusion.  

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A lumbar disc replacement takes place on the spinal column in the back, while cervical disc replacement is in the neck. While disc replacement serves the same purpose for both areas, the procedures are performed differently. Please watch the videos below to learn more about disc replacement surgery. 

Lumbar Disc Replacement

Cervical Disc Replacement

Both videos provided by Gundersen Health System

Click the resource button to read more about this procedure provided by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.