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NuVasive Fusion or ADR/TDR?

Started by wrs8574 on 05/15/2011 1:00pm

Hi all,

My name is Bill and I'm 36 years old. I'm new to the forum but unfortunately not new to back pain. For the past 10+ years I have been dealing with DDD at L4-L5 & L5-S1. I have used a non surgical approach of treatment called VAX-D which has helped me live my life virtually pain free for the past 6 years. The problem is that once I stabilized and felt like new again after a full year of core strengthening and cardio work....my wife was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer (Ewing's Sarcoma). I basically stopped exercising and just stopped everything basically. Now that my old friend back pain is back, I'm back to using VAX-D until my condition stabilizes again. Of course surgery is on the table as it once was but I'm torn. A friend of mine who some of you might know (UFC Fighter Nathan Quarry) has steered me towards NuVasive's XLIF & ALIF procedures but at the same time since the last time in considered surgery ADR has kind of gone up and down. The Charite disc has had recalls and I'm not sure how I feel about 2 level ADR with ProDisc if it's even available. The down side which Just leading me towards fusion with NuVasive is the fact that I have facet hypertrophy as well due to the DDD process. I won't I'm scared sh®tless about having a double fusion. I really Just want my life to be stable enough to be able to care for my wife. I'm going to give conservative therapy another college try and hopefully with time and proper exercising I'll be able to get back to where I was a year ago....pain free with full mobility. As of last week, my most recent MRI showed DDD @ L3-L4, L4-L5 & L5-S1 as well as bulging at those levels (L4-L5 showed a medium central herniation as well). Any positive affirmation would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


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I forgot to add a few points....I'm 6'2", 195LBS, lean/athletic build, former Army Ranger & civilian firefighter paramedic, non-smoker, non- drinker, very good overall health wise. I'm disappointed that in most recent MRI it showed that L4-L5 was the problematic level more this time. I could live with have having L5-S1 fused because it's not like there is a lot of movement at that level anyhow. I'm not crazy about having L4-L5 fused though due to worrying about a dual union of bone. Thank you again for taking the time to read this.



I'm sorry you didn't get a response to your posting back in May... I'm sure that was a bit frustrating considering the position that you're in. I hope your wife is doing well in her fight against the evil C!

I would strongly encourage you to heed Rock's advice & check out NuVasive's products, which are all minimally disruptive to soft tissue and allow for quick(er) recovery times. The XLIF procedure is AMAZING and a 2-level fusion will not be as motion disruptive as you might think... definitely no reason to be "terrified." In addition, wouldn't you rather have slightly limited motion as opposed to some motion preservation system that may or may not be recalled & have to be removed from your back post-operatively?!?!

Remember, just because a company is the biggest doesn't make them the best (i.e. Medtronic), it usually just means they're the most effective marketers... and usually promote off-label, non-FDA approved use of their products in order to chase the almighty $! So do your homework and ask your surgeons about competing products on the market; you might be surprised with what you find! I wish you an eventual full recovery & return to whatever it is you were doing pre-op.

Check out this back surgery patient ambassador website to connect with others in your position:


** Disclaimer: The above post is my opinion only and does not represent the official stance of NuVasive, Inc. or its management. This is for informational purposes only and should not supercede any advice that your healthcare professional has provided to you. **