Frequently asked questions after activL® Artificial Disc surgery

When should I call my doctor after surgery?

Talk to your doctor about when to call with problems after surgery. Some pain and discomfort is normal. The problems you had before surgery may not lessen right away. If you have any of the following problems at any point after surgery, call your doctor.

  • Signs that your cut may not be healing (infection)
  • The cut is draining fluid (although you can expect a small amount of wetness
  • The skin around the cut becomes red, warm, swollen, or increasingly painful
  • You have a fever
  • Your wound is opening
  • New or increased tingling, numbness, or weakness
  • New or increased pain in your back or leg as compared to before surgery
  • Any signs of bladder or bowel issues (including trouble urinating or having a bowel movement)
  • Any other things that the doctor may have discussed with you

What will my surgical incision look like?

The cut will be about 2-3 inches (5-8 centimeters) long on your belly. Once the cut heals, you may have a small scar.

When can I shower after the surgery?

You will need to keep the cut dry immediately after the surgery. Some doctors allow early showering. Patients normally take baths for 1-2 weeks after surgery. Get direction from your doctor on when it is OK to start showering or bathing.

When can I drive after surgery?

Ask your doctor when you can start driving after surgery. The timing varies from patient to patient.

Will my activL Artificial Disc affect travel through airport security?

It is very unlikely that the metal in the activL Artificial Disc will set off airport security detectors.

However, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules state, “TSA Security Officers will need to resolve all alarms associated with metal implants.” Additional information can be found on the TSA website at http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/internal-medical-devices or contacted via phone at (866) 289-9673.

How long is my activL Artificial Disc expected to last?

It is not exactly known how long the device will last. Consult with your doctor about the evidence available for artificial disc replacement.

Will my activL Artificial Disc be safe during an MRI exam?

You may safely receive an MRI exam that uses very specific scan conditions. Scanning under different conditions may result in injury. Inform your doctor and the MRI staff that you have an activL Artificial Disc before you receive the exam. Full MRI safety information for your implant is available in the MRI section of the Instructions for Use or the Surgical Technique Manual, which can be obtained at www.aesculapimplantsystems.com or by calling 1-866-229-3002.

CAUTION: Federal (United States) law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician.