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How is disk replacement different from spinal fusion?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Both are surgical treatments for chronic lower back pain. But unlike spinal fusion, replacing a degenerated natural disk with an artificial one allows the affected area of the spine to keep some flexibility and more normal motion. Also, the segments above and below the replaced disk are not disrupted. Watch the video to learn more about disk replacement.


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