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Patients who suffer from posterior lumbar stenosis, spondylolisthesis, or degenerative disc disease understand the pass/fail option of spine fusion surgery. Some fusion patients fuse properly, but run into other problems with stiffness and mobility as a result of the fused vertebrae. In any case, it is important to know what is available and what is in development for spine motion preservation.

  • Total Disc Replacement – Artificial disc prosthetics replace the degenerated or herniated disc(s) to return the spine to, essentially, its pre-degenerative mobility.
  • Disc Nucleus Replacement – In development, this solution allows for the injection of nuclear prostheses into the nuclei of the discs to stabilize degenerated or damaged discs for better spine function.
  • Interspinous Process Spacers – Currently serving stenosis and degenerative disc disease sufferers, this minimally invasive procedure requires only a local anesthetic as doctors open up the spinal canal to alleviate severe pain.
  • Posterior Dynamic Stabilizing Devices – Working similarly to an interior brace, implantation is two-fold. Currently, posterior dynamic stabilizers can be utilized without fusion to stabilize a damaged motion segment and to help relieve discogenic back painwhile treating stenosis as well.
  • Facet Replacements/Total Element Replacements – These trial-level stenosis cure-alls have stemmed from the understanding that stenosis often comes from facet joint degeneration. Replacement of the facet joints or the entire posterior section of the spine is being investigate.