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Has anyone had dynamic stablization and now chronic pain worse?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,900
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:22 AM in Chronic Pain
Has anyone had a lumbar dynamic stabilization surgery? I had this done in place of fusion in 2005.... now my chronic pain is much worse?
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  • I was reading about this surgury,did your surgeon discuss any of the risks from having the surgeon,from what i read there seems to be alot of serious risk from the surgury,is a new type of back surgury?
  • I have never heard of this surgery before so I tried to look it up. What I found is very little. This is what I read. Lumbar dynamic stabilization using any device is considered investigational for the treatment of the lumbar and sacral spine. So I would like to know if you were in some part of a study for this? Does your insurance cover this when it is considered investigational? The one I was reading said it was a good out come. It said that there were no long term problems with the areas above the device area or below as there are in other spinal surgery's. Have you been having problems since you had this surgery?
  • Sally,

    There are a couple of dynamic stabilizing systems that are FDA approved (post-investigational). The DynESys has been approved for up to 2-level fixations....I needed a 3-level fixation system but Blue Cross would not cover the cost for that so I had to pay cash. I'm one of only very few people that have had a 3-level (S1-L3) DynESys due to insurance -or lack there of.

    I've not had any instability problems since my surgery (2005). I'd have to say it's worked well in that regard, however my chronic pain is "off the charts", and getting worse. My guess it's caused by movement of/in facet joints. I just had a new MRI yesterday in preparation for a spinal cord stimulator (Boston Scientific Precision model).

    There is a New dynamic stabilization fixation system that has just started the investigational phase. I don't remember its name but it looked like it might be an improvement....it may 'carry' more load and relieve some pressure.

    I'll write you more later....my pain meds are making me very sleepy.
    Dynsys...
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