For patients

Spinal injuries can be debilitating. The Barricaid® device was designed to prevent needless suffering and make your first spine surgery your last. Pictured: Andreas, real Barricaid patient since 2013.

Am I at higher risk for a repeat herniation?

If your herniated disc hasn’t responded to nonsurgical treatments, 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, your chances of reherniation — and a return to debilitating pain are significantly increased.


A new way forward

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 while reducing your risk for reherniation and reoperation. 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.
Dr. Michael Smith – New York, NY – describes discectomy with the Barricaid device.


  1. LE Miller et al. Association of Annular Defect Width After Lumbar Discectomy With Risk of Symptom Recurrence and Reoperation. Spine 2018

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