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Disc replacement surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in New Member Introductions
I am considering disc replacement surgery and was wondering if there was anyone who had the procedure done that could give me some feed back from their experience. I am also fighting my insurance company to allow me to have the choice for the procedure. Any advice would be most helpful with getting my insurance company to approve the procedure.
Thank You


  • I really looked into an artificial disc. I liked what I read but was surprised that my n-surg didn't like them, he felt that they wouldn't hold up through time and a revision could be a nightmare. I am not sure I agree with him but in my case it wasn't an option for me to have an artificial disc so I stopped looking into it. Some of my pain came from movement of my facets and therefore both doctors that I consulted said that I needed to stop movement in my facets which would only happen with a fusion, not with an ADR. Still, if that hadn't been an issue, I would have got additional opinions as the studies I read seemed really positive! I would look at studies from other countries about the longevity of them since they haven't been around in the US long enough to consider the wear and tear issue. My doctor said they have a very hard time getting approvals from insurance companies! I guess because they don't want to have to pay for possible revisions down the road and there is more documentation to show fusions are less likely to need further surgery at this time due to the limited time we have had ADR surgery in the US. I would love to know what you decide and if you get it approved. What insurance do you have? Best of luck in your decision. I will suggest this, however, if you decide to go the route of a fusion instead of ADR - find a doctor who can do Minimally Invasive surgery!! Wow, what a difference in recovery from MI vs. Open fusions!
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you are very lucky in that we have a "Back and Neck surgery" forum as well as one for insurance issues.. =D> i hope you find some help at one of them!! :D good luck and stop by anytime! Jenny :)
  • I too had this procedure done but almost died from complications from the "Maverick" disc replacement. My experienceswith Dr edit are not good, he is a very uncaring Dr. and could care less about his patients. All he sees is $ signs. This man needs to remember that he took a vowel as a sergion to care for his patients unconditionally.

    Post Edited to remove name of medical professional and or facility. byAuthority Member Liz
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