Vertebral Disc Replacement

One of the most complicated operations, vertebrae replacement, should be performed by a skilled doctor and in a decent medical center. Don’t know whom to trust your health? Bonifatius Hospital is a reasonable option for those who care about their health, but aren’t ready to overpay. Discover what our advantages are, and how we perform spine operations.

What is vertebral disc replacement?

When a person experiences chronic spine pain and non-invasive treatment (exercises, therapy, medications, and massage) doesn’t help, artificial vertebral disc replacement is the only option that can really help. This is a procedure made to remove painful vertebrae in the mid-spine or neck, and replace it with a transplant that would perform all functions of natural bones.

Just a few years ago, doctors had question “Can vertebrae be replaced?”, but recent trials have proved that it’s possible. There are many procedures and products that can enhance spine health and strength, but only artificial disc technology guarantees total recovery, and now is considered to be standard care for many patients.

Who needs the operation?

Artificial vertebral replacement is made in cases when:

  • a person has persistent pain in spine that is so strong that it interferes with everyday activities;
  • legs and spine are paralyzed sometimes;
  • limbs become numb;
  • no treatment options help, or give temporary and minor pain relief.


The goal of the surgery is to restore disc height between vertebrae and improve physiology of the disc in the affected segment. There are different approaches to the operation, and vertebral replacement in neck is somewhat different. A common algorithm is the following:

  1. The disc in mid-back is approached from the front, e.g. the surgeon makes a small incision below belly button. When it comes to cervical vertebrae replacement, the surgeon accesses the bones from the upper back.
  2. The organs are slightly moved to the side so that the doctor can see the spine without affecting them.
  3. The collapsed disc is removed, and the new artificial disc is put on its place. First, two endplates are installed, then the central part. The endplates (they are usually produced of cobalt chromium alloy) are pressed over disc space, and the teeth at their edges grip the adjacent vertebrae. Finally, plastic core is placed between the endplates. During vertebral replacement titanium components are also widely used. The surgeon connects tissues and nerves where possible.

The implant is held with the spinal ligaments and the remains of disc annulus together with the compressive force of the back. X-ray screening shows that the artificial disc has most motion functions (flexibility, bending, rotation, etc.) of a healthy disc.

As a rule, most patients are able to return to daily activities soon after the surgery, and no long-term postoperative bracing is required. Rehabilitation begins 4 days after the operation, and a patient has to stay in hospital for 1-4 days. Since no bone graft is not required, there no discomfort in the donor site.

Side effects

Specialists of Bonifatius hospital do their best to perform effective and safe intervertebral disc replacement. However, there still can be some negative outcomes, such as allergic reaction to general anesthesia, problems with bladder, allergic reaction to the implant, serious bleeding, malfunction of implants, pain and slow work of intestine. It is very important to follow doctor’s recommendations: he will give tips on making recovery quick and safe.

Why choosing Bonifatius Hospital?

Selection of clinic for prosthetic intervertebral disc replacement is a serious step, and you should approach it with all due responsibility. Consider going through treatment in Bonifatius hospital: this is a reasonable option for patients from all over the world. What makes us special?

Our team

Tens of specialists work in Bonifatius hospital with D-r Gerard Kolb in head. We keep improving our knowledge and skills to provide patients with the most helpful and safest methods of treatment. Implementing innovative techniques we manage to deal even with the most complicated diseases and cases.

Our facilities

Bonifatius Hospital features state-of-art equipment and devices allowing to perform sophisticated surgeries and procedures. We have comfortable wards and entertainment facilities, and supply decent catering for patients. Besides, 24/7 medical assistance is guaranteed: whenever a patient needs something, or experiences discomfort and pain, he can call for a nurse.

Come to Lingen, Germany, and become the next person successfully cured in Bonifatius Hospital. We are always glad to help our clients, no matter where they come from!