If your herniated disc hasn’t responded to nonsurgical therapies, you probably know that discectomy surgery can be an effective approach for relieving your pain. Before you proceed, however, you should be aware of a potential problem.
If the defect in your disc is larger than a standard pencil-top eraser (approximately 6mm), your chances of reherniation — and a return to debilitating pain — are one-in-four. Based on currently available clinical research,1 your chances of having a defect of that size are one-in-three.
The pressure on your spine during the course of a typical day is enormous—roughly 10 times the pressure of a standard car tire. That’s a key reason why discectomies which leave behind large defects don’t always succeed and why a reliable solution has evaded surgeons and researchers for so long.
Enter the Barricaid implant. What sets Barricaid apart from other surgical approaches is that it anchors to your healthy bone and allows your surgeon to preserve more of your disc without increasing the risk of reherniation. Barricaid implantation follows your standard discectomy surgery.
And Barricaid is built for the long haul. It’s designed to withstand 330 pounds per square inch of pressure—strong enough to support everyday activities and allow you to reclaim the lifestyle you had before herniation. With Barricaid, you’ll get your life back.
- LE Miller et al. Association of Annular Defect Width After Lumbar Discectomy With Risk of Symptom Recurrence and Reoperation. Spine 2018