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Workers Compensation Lumbar Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery

An injured worker scheduled for artificial disc replacement surgery may need to visit his primary care physician to obtain medical clearance for surgery. Every case is different, but if workers compensation denies covering the surgery, health insurance may pay and then may have a right to get paid back, called subrogation, out of a successful workers compensation settlement or order after hearing.

Workers Compensation Artificial Disc Replacement Purpose

Workers compensation lumbar artificial disc replacement is done to stop the symptoms of degenerative disc disease. Discs wear out or degenerate as a natural part of aging and from stress and strain on the spine. Eventually, the problem disc collapses, which causes the vertebra above to sink toward the one below. This loss of disc height affects nearby structures - especially the facet joints.

Workers Compensation Lumbar Artificial Disc Replacement

In Wisconsin artificial disc replacement (ADR) is a rare option for injured workers with workers compensation claims. ADR is a device or implant used to replace a diseased or damaged intervertebral disc. After removing what's left of the worn out disc, the ADR is inserted in the space between two lumbar vertebrae. The goal is to replace the diseased or damaged disc while keeping your normal spinal motion. Artificial disc surgery is relatively new in the United States but has been used in Europe for many years. In the U.S., the first lumbar artificial disc replacement surgery was done in clinical trials in October 2001. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of the lumbar ADRs in October 2004.

Workers Comp Artificial Disc Replacement

Artificial disc replacement (ADR) is a device or implant used to replace a diseased or damaged intervertebral disc. Injured workers with workers compensation claims may be considered for such surgery, although we do not see it often in Wisconsin in the workers' compensation context.  After removing what's left of the worn out disc, the ADR is inserted in the space between two lumbar vertebrae. The goal is to replace the diseased or damaged disc while keeping your normal spinal motion.

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