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Laura Bassett is an athlete at heart, so when the back pain first started, she ignored it… fought through. But after years, the pain got to be too much. James Yue, MD, would change her life. She had a lumbar discectomy—and after intense rehab, she was able to return back to the life she loves.

Laura had a new option instead of spinal fusion at Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute – artificial disc replacement. In this procedure, worn or damaged disc material found between the bones in the spine (vertebrae) is removed and replaced with a synthetic or “artificial” disc.

The goal of this procedure is to relieve back pain while maintaining more normal motion than is allowed with some other spine procedures, such as spinal fusions.

For more information log onto https://ctorthoinstitute.org/procedures/spine-services/artificial-disc-replacements

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