Disc Replacement Surgery Cost and Disc Replacement Surgery Procedures Information

Disc or Disk replacement surgery is used to remove damaged spinal disk(s) and replace it with an artificial disk made from medical-grade metal or a combination of medical-grade metal and plastic. Disk replacement surgery is usually recommended for patients with ongoing back pain, who are not excessively overweight, have not had any spinal injuries, and do not have any spinal deformity.

Disc Replacement Surgery Cost Averages Around the Country

Price Range
New York, NY Disc Replacement Surgery Cost Average $15,700 - $43,100
Houston, TX Disc Replacement Surgery Cost Average $13,000 - $35,700
Atlanta, GA Disc Replacement Surgery Cost Average $13,100 - $35,900
Chicago, IL Disc Replacement Surgery Cost Average $14,100 - $38,800
Dallas, TX Disc Replacement Surgery Cost Average $13,200 - $36,300
Los Angeles, CA Disc Replacement Surgery Cost Average $18,700 - $51,200
Miami, FL Disc Replacement Surgery Cost Average $14,000 - $38,400
Philadelphia, PA Disc Replacement Surgery Cost Average $15,800 - $43,300
Phoenix, AZ Disc Replacement Surgery Cost Average $20,100 - $55,200
Washington, DC Disc Replacement Surgery Cost Average $13,700 - $37,500
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Specific Disc Replacement Surgery Procedures and National Cost Averages

Price Range
Disc Replacement Surgery Cost Average $16,700 - $45,800
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Featured Facilities that Perform Disc Replacement Surgery

Name Location Price Range
Baton Rouge General - Mid City Baton Rouge , LA $14,300 - $44,800
Truckee Spinal Diagnostics Truckee , CA $13,900 - $43,500
Hamot Surgery Center Erie , PA $7,900 - $24,600
Memorial Hospital Central Colorado Springs , CO $19,200 - $60,300
Northwood Surgery Center Easton , PA $8,200 - $25,800
Santa Rosa Medical Center Milton , FL $16,800 - $52,600
Physicians Surgical Specialty Hospital Houma , LA $15,500 - $48,400
Bibb Medical Center Centreville , AL $14,200 - $44,400
South Lake Hospital Clermont , FL $15,800 - $49,400
North County Surgery Center Templeton , CA $11,300 - $35,500
Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Lafayette , LA $14,900 - $46,600
Adult and Childrens Surgery Center of Southwest Florida Ft Myers , FL $8,000 - $25,000
Parkwest Surgical Center Akron , OH $8,200 - $25,600
Kaiser Permanente Wailuku ASC Wailuku , HI $10,300 - $32,100
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport , LA $14,700 - $46,100
Western Kentucky Ambulatory Surgery Center Lewes , DE $9,200 - $28,700
Quad City Ambulatory Surgery Center Moline , IL $8,300 - $25,800
The Medical Center Columbus , GA $15,600 - $48,900
Dorothea Dix Hospital Raleigh , NC $16,900 - $53,000
Florida State Hospital Chattahoochee , FL $16,800 - $52,700
Blue Ridge Surgery Center Salem , VA $7,500 - $23,400
Lourdes Medical Pavilion, Surgicare Center Paducah , KY $7,500 - $23,600
San Joaquin Community Hospital Bakersfield , CA $24,200 - $75,900
Sandhills Orthopaedic and Spine Clinic Pinehurst , NC $9,900 - $31,100
Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center Clackamas , OR $18,500 - $57,900
Southwest Virginia Orthopedic and Spine Christiansburg , VA $9,300 - $29,000
Same Day Surgery Center Rapid City , SD $18,800 - $58,900
Central Utah Clinic American Fork , UT $7,800 - $24,300
Longmont Surgery Center Longmont , CO $9,100 - $28,600
Saint Francis Downtown Greenville , SC $17,200 - $53,900

More about Disc Replacement Surgery Procedures

Disc or Disk Replacement Surgery Cost and Procedure Introduction

Disk replacement surgery is an "open” procedure, which is performed in a hospital and requires a two to four day stay in the hospital. Disk replacement procedures are conducted using general anesthesia. The surgery is performed by a vascular surgeon along with an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon. During the procedure, the surgeon removes the damaged spinal disks and replaces them with an artificial disk made from medical-grade metal or a combination of medical-grade metal and plastic. Disk replacement surgery is usually recommended for patients with ongoing back pain, who are not excessively overweight, have not had any spinal injuries, and do not have any spinal deformity. This procedure is an alternative to spinal fusion surgery.

Patient Preparation for Disk Replacement Surgery

A physical examination will be performed along with X-rays, MRIs, and/or CT scans to determine the extent and location of the damage. It is particularly important to inform the physician of all medications or vitamins taken regularly or if you are pregnant (or think you might be pregnant). Also tell your doctor if you have heart, lung or other medical conditions that may need special attention and, finally, if you have a history of bleeding disorders or if you are taking any anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medications, aspirin, or other medications that affect blood clotting. You will be given instructions in advance that will outline what you should and should not do in preparation for the surgery; be sure to read and follow those instructions. You will be asked to fast for eight hours before the procedure, generally after midnight. You will need to make arrangements for transportation after the surgery is complete. If you are given a prescription for pain medication, have it filled prior to surgery.

What to Expect During and After Disk Replacement Surgery

Disk replacement surgery takes two to three hours. After arriving at the hospital, an intravenous line is inserted into the arm to administer a sedative and general anesthesia. (You will be unconscious and pain-free.) Your heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate and oxygen level will be monitored during the procedure. The surgeon will make an incision in your abdomen to reach the damaged disk. Organs, blood vessels and nerves are moved out of the way, at which point the surgeon will remove the damaged disk and replace it with the artificial disk. The surgeon will then close the incision.

After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room for observation. Once your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing are stable and you are alert, you will be taken to a hospital room. You'll stay in the hospital from two to four days, or until your pain in under control with oral medication. Before being discharged, you will be given instructions about care for your incisions, limits on activities and what you should do to aid your recovery. Recovery from disk replacement is quicker than back surgeries which involve healing bones — a few weeks to a few months. If you notice any of the following, call the number the hospital gave you: Fever, excessive sweating, difficulty urinating, redness, bleeding or worsening pain.

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