Disc Replacement Specialist

CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine -  - Neurosurgery

CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine

Neurosurgery located in Greenwood Village, CO & Englewood, CO

If you have severe and debilitating back pain due to damaged spinal discs, you might benefit from a disc replacement procedure. The surgeons at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine use state-of-the-art technology to perform disc replacements at their nine locations in Lone Tree, Englewood, Castle Rock, Denver, Wheat Ridge, Colorado Springs, Parker, Yuma, and Lamar, Colorado. Call the nearest location if you have severe back pain or are looking for an expert spine surgeon.

Disc Replacement Q & A

What is disc replacement?

Disc replacement is a type of spine surgery that removes a damaged spinal disc and replaces it with an artificial disc. The team at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine uses innovative technology to deliver outstanding, customized care. 


The xvision system is a groundbreaking augmented reality navigation system that allows your surgeon to visualize your spine in 3D detail without having to make a large incision in your body. The system enables your surgeon to handle the surgical instruments and implants with extreme precision.


The prodisc is an FDA-approved disc replacement device. It consists of two endplates and a medical-grade plastic inlay. This construction allows prodisc to mimic a natural spinal disc, supporting a full range of motion for lasting relief. 


The activL is another type of replacement disc that mimics the biomechanics of a healthy spine. Its state-of-the-art ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene core simulates natural motion while providing mechanical stability and a full range of motion. 

Why would I need disc replacement?

CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine recommends disc replacement surgery when you have severe and debilitating back pain caused by damaged spinal discs. 

Disc replacement surgery isn’t a first-line approach. The team might recommend non-surgical procedures to repair your disc and relieve your back pain before suggesting surgery. 

If your back pain keeps you awake at night, limits your mobility or independence, or otherwise reduces your quality of life, contact CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine to learn more about your treatment options. 

How should I prepare for disc replacement?

Your surgeon gives you customized preparation instructions during your pre-surgical consultation. Generally, you need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from your surgery. You also need to fast for at least eight hours before your operation, as you will have general anesthesia. 

Make sure to talk to your surgeon about any medications you regularly take, including vitamins and supplements. They might recommend not taking any substances that thin your blood for several days or even weeks before your surgery.

What happens during disc replacement?

Once you’re under anesthesia and prepped for surgery, your surgeon uses cutting-edge robotic technology to make a small incision in your spine. 

Using special surgical tools to visualize your spine and perform the operation, your surgeon carefully extracts your damaged disc and inserts the replacement disc. A disc replacement can be quick, and you may or may not need to stay in the hospital overnight. 

You will need physical therapy to support your recovery. You must attend follow-up appointments with your surgeon to ensure the disc replacement successfully repaired your spine and relieved your pain.

Call CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine to learn more about disc replacement and if it’s right for you.