Artificial Disc Replacement
Results & Success Rates

Artificial Disc Replacement Results / and Success Rates, as with other types of surgery, vary widely depending on the skill and experience of the surgeon. We see these result differences even more clearly in the complicated cases.

***Although the vast majority of our patients are pleased with their outcome, it should be noted that mechanical restoration of the spine does not guarantee a pain free spine, . Nerve damage and pain chronification can linger after surgery. However, in some cases mechanical restoration of the spine is sometimes critical to preserve control of the limbs and bodily functions.

When a patient is making decisions about what surgeon to select for ADR surgery based on artificial disc replacement results, the patient should exercise discretion at many levels.

First and foremost, the patient should obtain patient satisfaction rates, which are higher measure than simple success rates. For example, success in fusion surgery is considered positive only if the segment fuses. Other factors are not considered in success ratings. Normally reliable number are only available for surgeons actively engaged in research. The surgeons success rates are audited.

Second,, patients should seek results (success rates) for the number of levels the surgeon has done, which are equal to the number of levels the patient needs. It would be unwise to select a surgeon for a four-level procedure, who has only done one and two level surgeries.

Third, the patient should not group all ADR surgeries into one category, because there is a vast difference in the surgical talent needed to operate on L12 and L23, than on L45 and L5S1. Furthermore the endurance of one ADR model is not the same as others.

Fourth, find a surgeon who has done long-term studies, as they are more likely to know how to acquire and report artificial disc replacement results in a scientific method. Indeed, what is judged to be a good or bad surgery by the patient can change to the opposite result over time.

Fifth, anyone who guarantees success is less than honest. No medical procedure is 100% successful. That is simply not medicine nor biology.

Again, finding statistics which most closely matches your case is the best way to use Artificial Disc Replacement Results. It is our firm belief that Prof. Dr. Bertagnoli has a very significantly higher success rate in this technically demanding surgery over worldwide statistics and other surgeons. Current statistical results are available upon request.