Failures of Lumbar Disc Replacement

P. Justin Tortolani, Paul C. McAfee, Samer Saiedy

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The objective of the current investigation was to review the reported failures of lumbar total disc replacement (TDR) and to categorize the types of failures to assist preoperative planning for revision surgery. We found that the complications associated with lumbar TDR are infrequent and can often be traced to either inappropriate indications or technical errors on the part of the surgeon. Anterior revision approaches can be safely undertaken within 2 weeks of the index procedure; however, after that time, adhesion formation increases the risk of major vascular injury and thus should be reserved for compelling clinical circumstances. Most failures can be managed effectively with posterior instrumented fusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-86
Number of pages9
JournalSeminars in Spine Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • complications
  • disc replacement
  • lumbar spine
  • revisions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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