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A new surgery could be the relief people suffering from chronic neck pain are looking for. The Doctors meet Leslie who had two herniated discs and underwent surgery to help with her pain -- but did it work for her?
Leslie was active and played sports growing up and continued to remain active well into her 20s. A slight shoulder pain eventually developed into something more serious and her neck was soon affected. Her pain became a constant and something she woke up to every day.
She was referred to spine neurosurgeon Dr. Todd Lanman to have artificial disc replacement surgery. Just four months after her surgery, Leslie and Dr. Lanman join The Doctors, where she shares how she's feeling.
"I'm doing so well... I'm hiking and taking dance classes and going to the gym," she reveals. "I couldn't do that for years." She says that after 2 weeks she was off her pain medications and after 3 weeks she was exercising at the gym.
Dr. Lanman, who has 4 artificial discs in his body, explains these implants can last up 70 years, much longer than a knee or hip implant which usually lasts for 15 to 25 years. The neurosurgeon says good candidates for this type of surgery are those who have neck pain related to a degenerative or herniated disc and patients who have failed conservative treatments. He also shares that patients who undergo this type of surgery are much less likely to need revision surgery.