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Surgery updates Ritter-Lang

Started by CindySI on 09/18/2015 9:17am

I would like to connect with people who have undergone surgery with Dr. Ritter Lang. We have spoke to two folks from Nova Scotia and another 4 from Alberta, Canada. All results were positive. Like everyone, my husband and I are looking to lead a quality of life and both of us are looking at ADR and hybrid fusion. Can anyone provide an update if you have had this surgeon. Kind regard!

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I am interested as well since i am trying to figure out who to see? Dr Ritter Lang or Dr Bertagnoli? both have a lot of experience.

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If we go to Germany, we will see Ritter Lang. Two of the referrals my husband knows personally. So, for us it is not hearsay and comes directly from a known source. One had 3 level ADR six months ago and is golfing and the other is back to gardening, biking and all his regular activities. One has small abdominal pain. The other said it took about a year to fully recover. He is three years out. Both said they would do it again in a heartbeat. I am a research hound. Yes, there are poor reviews in an earlier timeline (2002 - 2009). My heart goes out to anyone who was not successful. It is a big decision. If we can be brave enough to actually pull the trigger, I will post outcomes.

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that is good to know!! i talked to a doctor in vancouver who had Dr Bertagnoli do the surgery. he said that he is the best doctor and was highly recommending him? i also got an email from a paramedic in vancouver as well who had great results from Dr Bertagnoli. but i have heard good things about Dr Ritter Lang as well. i am definitely going to move forward with one of them. so hard to decide which one to go with?? But it sounds like maybe cant go wrong with either?

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Yes, we assessed all .German Doctors, the good, the bad and the ugly. Meaning we looked at the type of implants, procedures, good reviews, bad reviews and did telephone interviews to hear all sides. We have been doing this for months and months. I need two ADR with hybrid fusion lumbar and the exact same in my cervical. My husband two ADR lumbar. We will not go the fusion route. Ritter Lang, did two M6 Spinal Kinetics If you are looking at ADR research all of the types of implants. One thing I know for sure is everyone is different and there are no guaranteed outcomes. You just have to find the one with the best results for your situation. Most people who post online post the negative which is fair because they didn't get the outcome they were expecting and want to warn people which is good. Those doing well don't post as much because they are living life. All of our phone contacts that were positive don't have any YouTube or blog statements. We contacted the poor reviews one line. I hope this isn't too much info, when are you looking at going?

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I am looking at going most likely in November? maybe sooner if i can get my work schedule changed. I am in need of 3 lumbar ADR. what did you hear about Ritter Lang vs Bertagnoli? i am still waiting to hear back from Ritter Lang. Also waiting to hear back from Bertagnoli on pricing as well.
i did hear back from Drs Thomas Bierstedt or Dr Illerhaus who were recommending a 2 level ADR for about 26K Euros? obviously price is important but the main choice will be the best surgeon.
where do you live? and when are you planning on going? take care and thanks for any and all info

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I think the primary difference for us is the type of device used for the ADR, the experience and number of those devices implanted and that we have personal friends who have good outcomes from RL. In exploring the Internet (current posts) there appears to be more negatives on the Dr. B's. .we take all of the Internet as hearsay and are going with the people we had real, live conversations with. We are looking at the first week in November, from Calgary Alberta. One of the stock brokers we know from Toronto had 3 level ADR, was back to work in 3 months and can golf. He still has some minor pain issues but not like before and would do it again. I think the longer you can take off for recovery the better. It really is the personal contacts that is the deciding factor for us. We know what there outcomes have been. We don't have personal contacts for the other two doctors mentioned. We both believe the M6 device shows the most promise. The concern is no long term data to back it up. Dr Bert appears to use devices that are FDA approved which allows North American doctors to use for multi level ADR. This too has some credence. If we had personal contacts for this Doctor we would be in a dilemma but since we don't we are going with RL. the pain levels and functional physical abilities are all different with each person we spoke with. Some have ability to walk, some can't sit, some can't stand. Some with leg pain some without. This is what makes it all so difficult. We are raking a risk with financials and with our health. Big decisions. All of them could be fantastic. I would also recommend you YouTube the doctors to get a sense of style and character. There might be one that you get a better feel for. I had to take the money factor out and just asked that if all of these doctors were in our city who would I want to go to. Naturally we are biased w RL.

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I will commit to posting outcomes, progress, setbacks and sharing that I think may assist others down the road.

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CindySI, I am looking into Dr Riter Lang. Could you possibly let me know how your surgery and recovery went?

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I had two surgeries, 2 ADR and a fusion in the lumbar and 2 ADR and fusion in the Cervical area. I was in unbearable pain with severe mobility restrictions. Surgery was a last resort. The surgery is not a cake walk nor was it a miracle cure for me Recovery was long and I still feel like I am in it. Cervical was an easier surgery and I feel a more successful outcome. That said, I would do it again as it reduced pain levels in both areas. I also feel like my spine is more stable. i was a marathon runner and never had spine issues, things fell apart instantly in my lumbar, thoracic and Cervical area. I really didn't know what hit me. I can't emphasize enough the amount of pain I was in and I was unable to walk, sit or stand for any duration of time . I still have pain and physical restrictions and feel the culprit is my thoracic area . Unfortunately, I have structural spine condition for life so It may be hard to compare apples to apples so to speak. On the up side, I have seen a Canadian spine surgeon post op and was advised the surgery was exceptionally well done. We also met folks from the USA who were ther for corrective surgery that was done in the states and they were pleased with their outcomes and they had more physical successful. I would recommend surgery only as a last resort. When you have nothing to loose and all has failed or it is clear that surgery is warranted. There were some language barriers in Germany with the nursing staff (not the surgeon or surgical team) some of the process and practices seem behind. We went for the surgeon and here I have no complaints.

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Hello, all! Thanks for posting in our Community. We'd like to share that although two patients may have identical diagnoses and treatment recommendations, no two patients are alike. Surgical benefits, risks, and potential for complications are dependent on many factors--and some of those factors are out of the patient’s and surgeon’s hands.

With that said, we think the best approach to as you explore treatment is to ask questions and make well-informed healthcare decisions. If surgery is in your future, this is a great place to start: ( Spine Surgery: Questions to Ask Your Doctor ).

Thanks again for your post!

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