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Artificial Disc Replacement

Started by djprieve on 01/23/2010 10:14pm

This site has outdated information on artificial disc replacement. The FDA has approved many discs in the USA, however, they are only to be used at one level, not covered by insurance and surgeons, although very good, may not have the experience they have in Germany. In Minnesota, The Midwest Spine Institute is an option, In California, The LA Spine Institute does them. The Charite is seldom used anymore due better technology in discs and placement procedures have evolved. In Germany contact Stenum Hospital or Pro-Spine, if you can pay for the surgery and require multiple levels they are able to accomodate you and do so on a regular basis. I have personally talked to many that have traveled from the USA and are very happy with the results. I need multiple levels and if I had the money, I would be there.

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I received a Maverick Disc in 2004, back when it was experimental. I am still participating in the study this many years later. THe Maverick completely CURED my back problems. I had been in pain and unable to work for over a year. I would tell anyone who is eligible to get this disc to DO IT!! I hope you find the help you need soon. Multiple levels cannot be fun at all.

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Hi, I have also researched the Maverick and interviewed many recipients of the Maverick and have heard great life changing results. Stenum hospital or Pro-Spine is a possibility for people who desire this disc at one or multiple levels....if you have the ability to finance this operation,BCBS international will pay or reimburse you for this, some other insurance companies may reimburse you, it may be tax deductible. If I had the money, I would be there, I have BCBS Minnesota and the highest level of appeal has denied.

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Both Pro-disc and Prestige are probably two of the more widely used artificial discs right now. There is info about both and more here:

Spine Surgery Overview

Prestige is a cervical disc and has one of the largest clinical trials ever for a artificial disc.

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What is the cost involved in going abroad to have the disc replacement surgery?

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In response to the cost of ADR overseas , Stenum Hospital in Germany will quote you if you send you x-rays and MRI films. google Stenum ADR. Pro-Spine will also quote you if asked. I recently found Wockhardt Hospital in India and if send you folms there they will quote you. I think everyone quote will be unique depending on the number of discs you need. I also contacted Pro Disc, Synthes and they sent me a list of surgeons who are certified to do ADR in the USA. It may not be covered by insurance and surgeons in the USA may not have the experience of Germany that has 20 years of experience. India appear to be half the cost of Germany, although, I am not sure on the experience yet. I need two discs in lumbar and one in cervical and quotes range in India at 25k and 50k-80K in Germany. Remember that is 3 discs. Another option is call Mark Mintzer at Global Patient Network, Mark is in California and will search for the best option for you after reviewing your medical records.

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Has anyone been to Wockhardt Hospital in India for artificial disc replacement?

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