Artificial Disc Replacement


What is an Artificial Disc Replacement?

Artificial disc replacement is a newer surgical procedure meant to treat lower back pain. Much like a joint or knee replacement, an artificial disc replacement involves the insertion of a mechanical device as a substitute for an intervertebral disc in the spine. This new artificial disc is meant to restore motion in your back by replacing an otherwise degenerated or worn out disc. Unlike other surgical options, an artificial disc replacement is thought to correct common motion issues and is becoming a very popular alternative to other procedures such as a lumbar fusion.

Dr. Nourian provides artificial disc replacements for patients from throughout the Greater Los Angeles area at his Marina del Rey, California based practice to address serious back pain.

Who Should Have an Artificial Disc Replacement?
A surgeon will typically run a few tests before determining if you qualify for an artificial disc replacement. These may include a discography, computed tomography (CT or CAT scan), x-rays, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Following these tests, your doctor will determine the source of your pain before assessing if artificial disc replacement is a viable option.

Suitable candidates for this procedure will typically suffer from back pain caused by intervertebral discs in the lumbar spine. If you are excessively overweight, have had prior surgery on your lumbar spine, or have a deformity such as scoliosis, you may be disqualified.

What is the Expected Rehabilitation Time for Artificial Disc Replacement?
Having undergone an artificial disc replacement, patients can expect an average hospital stay of two to four days. During this time patients are encouraged to walk around and stretch. Total rehabilitation can then take a couple of weeks or a couple of months depending on the severity of the back issue.
How is an Artificial Disc Replacement Performed?
Most surgeries take about two to three hours and involve an incision in the abdomen that gives your surgeon easy access to the lumbar spine. The surgeon will then open and expose the disc space, often with the help of a vascular surgeon. The artificial disc is then implanted and secured to complete the procedure.

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What Patients Think About Dr. Nourian

Awesome awesome doctor!!!very nice to all his patient! Dr. Nourian is very kind and caring. A very pleasant man and easy to communicate with. He saw my son when he injured his hip and He took extra good care of him. After 2 wks he was able to resume sports. He’s not only a very good orthopedic surgeon but also an amazing Spine doctor. He always make sure he always gets the job done. 2 Thumbs up to this Doctor!!!??

Regz Ramos


Dr. Nourian was fantastic! He was able to alleviate my back pain. I would recommend him to anyone

Nikesh Patel


Dr. Nourian is the best. His bedside manner is friendly and professional and his staff is excellent. I went to see him after a terrible whiplash injury when I rear-ended while driving. After receiving my MRI results, the doctor was quick to reach out and went over my options with me. He really cares about his patients.

Michelle Sadighpour Shophet


Dr. Nourian is an outstanding physician. I injured my back while exercising recently. I went to see him, and he explained my injury to me in detail. He told me that my injury would most likely heal without surgery, but if I needed surgery in the future he would get me through it. He is honest, intelligent, and forthcoming. I am thankful for him as my spine physician.

Michael Broukhim


Dr. Nourian was absolutely fantastic. I was struggling with intense lower back pain. He took his time 40 minutes to be exact to see me and review everything with me after another follow up we decided to do surgery. Thank god!!! I’m back to working out, picking up my child, and living my best life. I was so hesitant to do surgery but he was a true god send. He would call me weekly to see how I’m doing.

Sara Sadig


Dr. Nourian is smart, caring, attentive and super knowledgeable. I highly recommend him as an orthopedic surgeon!

Sharon Darouvar Greiner


Great with patients and consciences of patient’s time as well as needs. He will spend time to assure the patients with respect to treatment plan and follow-up was amazing with my auntie’s back issues.

Connie Esparza


An extremely knowledgeable doctor with wonderful bedside manner. He clearly explained every step of the procedure and eased all my worries. My back is feeling great thanks to Doctor Nourian

Ashley Sadig


After seeing three doctors and all of them saying I should operate Dr Nourian was able to address and issue without and surgery. I got an epidural and did physical therapy and I’m able to run around with my grand child. He’s truly a gem. Everyone at the office was friendly and supportive.

Katrin Sadighpour


Dr. Nurian explained everything very well and preformed the surgery exactly as planned. I woke up pain free and the surgery pain was gone in five days. Could not give him enough praise.

Wade Savage