Artifical Disc Replacement - 2 Levels - For Athletes
I'm a very keen athlete and have done 4 Ironman triathlon events in my time. Now I am suffering from a degenative disc C4/C5 and have a boney spur that is aggravating the nerve in my neck.
The condition flaired up 10 years ago and has now returned. I have pain in my neck, shoulder and back, main symptom include a cramping feeling of the shoulder blade (right side). I have had two sets of facet joint injections which this time have not calmed down the condtion.
I have seen two consultants and they both have advised me that the best option is a 2 level artifical disc replacement. However the consultants used different types of artifical discs. I have reviewed many different discs (about 7, that's all there is on show at the moment). A few are designed for single level disc replacement, but I have found 2-3 that are suitable for 2 level disc replacement:
1) Prestige - C
2) M6 - C
3) Prodisc - C
1) Has any athlete had any of the above discs used in a 2 level disc replacement surgery? What was your condition before and after? Have you returned to your sport?
2) Anyone have a viewpoint on using any of the three types of artifical discs mentioned above?
3) Anyone know of a better disc? (note I live in the UK)
The main problem I have found with this subject is that disc replacement trials only began 4-5 years ago and hence they is very little history on this subject and actual general practice is somewhat in its infancy?
Any comments appreciated.