Tiger Woods Surgery
Tiger is back!! Wat was Tiger Woods Surgery?
Tiger Woods make his first competitive start in nine months at the Hero World Challenge.
After undergoing his fourth back surgery in just over three years.
Just recently Woods had pulled out of the Masters the Friday before.
Tiger Woods also said that, if all goes according to plan, the successful procedure will allow the world’s 788th-ranked golfer to “return to full activity in about six months.”
Two days later, Woods announced that the anterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery to relieve back and leg pain “went well.”
Woods announces on his website that he has undergone “successful back surgery to alleviate ongoing pain in his back and leg.” The announcement explains that “Woods’ bottom lower-back disc severely narrowed, causing sciatica and severe back and leg pain. … The surgery entailed removing the damaged disc and re-elevating the collapsed disc space to normal levels. This allows the one vertebrae to heal to the other. The goal is to relieve the pressure on the nerve and to give the nerve the best chance of healing.
Was Tiger Woods Surgery Disc Replacement Surgery?
The first set of limitations come from the FDA. Since the studies were typically only done on patients with one bad disc the FDA has for the most part limited use of disc replacement in the USA to one disc surgeries.
The second limitation is age, again the FDA only allowed patients under 60 in the trials so the approval only allows for disc replacement surgery for those under 60 years of age.
If these FDA limitations were not enough to eliminate most patients from being offered disc replacement in the US as it turns out many US insurance carriers still consider disc replacement experimental and specifically exclude the disc replacement surgery from payment.
So let’s say you fit within these guidelines and are in fact offered disc replacement, now you must consider what type of product you are being offered!
Most disc replacement products approved by the FDA and offered in the US are what we consider outdated. These early free floating ball in socket type disc replacement implants have several draw backs. Surgical complications like implant migrations and implant subsidence were fairly common in early designs. Long term complications like facet joint wear and post op pain are also common due to the unnatural and uncontrolled freedom of motion and fixed center of rotation in these early disc replacement designs.
Due to these limitations fewer than 10 percent of Americans will be offered disc replacement in the US and many will chose to go overseas for safer more advanced disc replacement implants like the Spinal Kinetics M6 Disc Replacement.
Tragically, patients with multiple bad discs, severe loss of disc space, previous surgeries and many other non-medically relevant factors may be excluded from disc replacement surgery in error. Additionally, it is quite likely that single level procedures are often performed when multi-level indications exist, resulting in poor results and risky second surgeries. Multi-level Disc Replacements are performed with great success, and three or four level Lumbar and Cervical disc replacements are quite common.
The Spinal Kinetics M6 Disc Replacement eliminates the complications and long term risks with new technology and design that prevents implant migration and controls motion in a natural way.
Disc Replacement Options may be confusing. Disc Replacement Specialist Dr. Karsten Ritter-Lang, with his team have had good outcomes for the Treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease in the Lumbar Spine Using Spinal Kinetics M6 Lumbar disc replacement implant.
Artificial Disc Replacement technology has come a long way and thousands of spinal fusions are now being avoided. Improved artificial disc replacement implants now provide a natural “Quality of Motion” unlike the early ball-in-socket disc replacement designs.
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In order to determine what treatment is right for you, you need a comprehensive evaluation, done by our team of surgeons, who are experienced with the full range of globally available options.
Our surgeons will provide you a complete written evaluation (diagnosis and surgery plan) free of charge.
Tiger Woods Surgery