Behavorial Health Test

Patient Selection Criteria

Not every patient with neck pain or low back pain is a candidate for disc replacement surgery. Each patient is evaluated by the Gundersen Health System neurosurgery team experienced and trained in cervical and/or lumbar disc arthroplasty.

For lumbar disc arthroplasty, the patient must:

  • Be between 18 and 65 years of age and have good bone quality
  • Have primarily low back pain that has lasted for at least six months (preferably more than one year)
  • Have had symptoms severe enough that quality of life is compromised
  • Have failed standard conservative medical therapy such as physical and, medical therapy or chiropractic care
  • Demonstrate disc degeneration as shown on an MRI.

For cervical disc arthroplasty, the patient must:

  • Be between 18 and 65 years of age and have good bone quality
  • Have arm pain caused by a herniated disc in the neck
  • Have loss of function in both arms and legs from a bone spur or herniated disc in the neck that is pressing on the spinal cord
  • Have failed standard conservative medical therapy such as physical and, medical therapy or chiropractic care
  • Must have a recent MRI

Do you meet the criteria?


Take the next step.
All patients who are considered for disc arthroplasty will undergo an extensive evaluation. You will need recent copies of your medical records, including documentation of recent medical treatments, therapies, and the following radiological studies on CD:

  • Lumbar or cervical CT scan
  • Lumbar or cervical X-ray (AP and Lat)
  • Bone Densitometry
  • Lumbar or cervical MRI

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724 Denton St.
La Crosse, WI 54601
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