See the section on this website regarding artificial disc replacement (ADR) and the video associated with it. ADR has good indications but understand that there are situations that an ADR should not be considered.
If the disc is narrowed by more than 50%, there is a slip (from degenerative facets) or the segment is in significant kyphosis (an angulation the wrong direction), the ADR will not work effectively.
If however, the disc space is degenerative but not collapsed and there is no slip or significant degenerative change of the facets on MRI or CT scan, the ADR can work well.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.