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Multi-Level Artificial Disc Replacements anywhere in the world

Started by djprieve on 02/28/2010 10:40pm

I would like to hear from anyone who has had multi-level disc replacements in the spine. Items to mention are the type of artificial disc used and the hospital and doctor that did the surgery. I require multi-levels and I am researching for all options.

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I am 34 yr old male with one ruptured disc and two bulging discs i am interested in any info relating to multi level disc replacement or fusion or any other options i may have?

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In response to multi-level disc replacement options......If you can pay with out insurance, check out LA Spine Institute, Stenum Hospital in Germany and Wockhardt Hospital in India. You can find many testimonies on "You Tube" or "Metacafe" search Wockhardt USA, Stenum ADR or LA Spine Institute and you will find many. If you check with Midwest Spine Institute a Dr Glen Butterman may offer a hybrid fusion....fuing one level and placing an adr at the next adjacent level. Texas Back Institute is offering a study from Axiomed, a new ADR, one level only. In you contact Synthes, the Pro-Disc manufacturer, they can send you a list of all the trained surgeons in your state.

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I have herniated L4 - S1 with fissure in both. I have had all the conservative treatments to no avail. My Dr. offered me 2 last options, Dbl ALIF or Disc Replacement. He does this (with insurance or not), and is based in Dallas. He has performed more Spinal Fusions than any other Doctor in the US 9or worl... Can't remeber). He isan excellt Surgeon. I suggest you check his site...www.centerforspinecare.com
I have choosen one last ditch effort that his also performs, and that is SCS (Spinal Cord Stimulator). As I am only 33, I am very hesitant to have a fusion performed at such an early age due to the inevitable strain it will put on the rest of my dics', and potentially cause them to begin to deteriorate. His name is Dr. John Peloza. Suggest you google him or see his page. He has video & testimonials for the latest FDA approved disc replaement. If the SCS does not work for me, then I am likely going to have him perform a 2 level replacement on me in the next couple of months. He is a miracle worker. I cannot speak highly enough about him.

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I had 3 level ADR in my neck in January of this year, in Germany with Dr. Rudolph Bertagnoli, the "father" of ADR. If you are considering Stenum, do your research carefully. I do not know about the other places. I'd be happy to discuss this with you at any time.

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Hi everyone,
I've had severe back pain on & off since an accident when I was 19 (I'm 43 now). Over the last 24 years, our medical service have diagnosed it being anything from a trapped nerve to pulled muscles, but didnt think it neccessary to investigate any further.

It has only been in the last 2-3 years, that our wonderful health service have deemed it neccessary to give me an MRI scan, & then say "Oh! You do have rather a lot of damage to the discs between the bottom three vertibrae dont you".

Now, due to my age, & the fact that the discs are so badly shot, the only treatment is pain killers which dont seem to be killing the pain lol!

I am convinced, that due to errors & misdiagnosis made by my health service at & around the time that the original injury occured, I now have multiple levels of damage to the discs,

I have been looking into mulit-level DRT for a while now,& all the information I can find myself, & from what my Pain Clinic specialist has told me, it's only available for people who only have one level of damage.
If anybody can tell me any different pleeeaaase pleeeaaase do.

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I am with you. Three surgeries in 2009, Laminectomy x's 2 and Spinal Chord Stimulator, all failed. Now they are recommending either fusion of L4/L5 and L5/S1 or....life with the pain. Researching disc replacement is exhausting, so many different opinions and lost with what to do. Need to replace both discs but...help anyone out there in the universe have any opinion?

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Rolfsin

How was Stenum? How have you been since your multi level disc replacement there? I am really interested to know about Stenum!!!

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HI - No, I did not go to Stenum. I have however, treated a couple of people who have been there and did not have good outcomes. Dr. Bertagnoli in Germany did my surgery. He works out of Bogen Germany as well as St. Elizabeth's in another city - can't think of it at the moment. If you are considering going to Germany or any other country, check out the ADR Support Forum. You will find a great deal of information there in regards to many many options. Wishing you luck!

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Rolfsing

How have you been doing since January? Would you recommend Dr. Bertagnolli? I need a 2 level DR in the next few months and am in heavy search for Dr. Can you also share some about this. My ortho surgeon is very against DR for two reasons.....no history of the longevity of the disc material itself and I am a young 46, and if you had to go back in later for any reason, it becomes an extremely high risk surgery to move the aeorta again. Knowing that they have been doing DR in Germany and other places in Europe for a lot longer, any info they might have shared about these two issues. I would love to chat.

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I have a single level fusion at L5-S1, a 2 level fusion at c45& c56, and I went to Dr. Bertagnoli for disc replacement at C34 and C67. I am very happy with the disc replacement and Dr. Bertagnoli is an expert. I will trust him to do any surgery I have. I still have 2 problem discs in my low back and at least one at C7-T1. You can contact me if you want. I had people trying to talk me out of it and it is the best decision I have ever made next to marrying my husband.

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To DanaBurk: How do I find out about Dr. Bertagnolli in Germany? Do you contact him or his clinic online? I am needing cervical disc surgery very soon, & am spending HOURS online trying to research. As I am going to wind up needing surgery in several places, and my husband later, does he do 'micro', or 'minimally invasive'? Can I ask how expensive it is, out of pocket, like that? per disc? I've researched Stenum, but sounds like it has mixed reviews on here.
Please respond back if you have 1st hand recommendations for St.Louis area, or Dallas area (Dr Douglas Won?). Thanks everyone!

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tvicknair@mindspring.com Contact Tim Vicknair, he is Dr Bertagnoli's coordinator for medical record collection and a surgical opinion and cost estimate via Dr Bertagnoli. You may also contact Mark Mintzer at Global Patinets Network in California. Mark has had surgery by him and has tons of information. His phone number is 714-963-6554

Best of Luck, David Prieve you can also email me, I have tons of testimonials from USA patients who have gone to Germany. I researched ADR for 2 years before finding out that I also have MS.
djprieve@gmail.com

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Feel free to contact Jim Rider at 866-544-8252 pst, or go to artificial disc replacement dot com for an evaluation. Results with the Spinal Kinetics M6 are outstanding, lumbar disc replacement and cervical disc replacement. The ability to replicate the motion characteristics of a natural disc with a prosthesis designed like the M6 disc is a major advancement in technology that likley will benefit the long term outcomes of an artificial disc replacement patient.

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