Hello. I'm new to the forum. I've had a sucessful right l4/5 microdiscectomy in 2006 and 2x microdiscetomies 7/09 left l5/s1. Fusion is a last resort for me so I'm curious about any experiences (personal or knowledge of others)with lumbar disc replacements. For example:
are you happy with the surgery? (positives and negatives)
when/how long ago did you have the surgery? what type of artificial disc, how many /what levels?
mobility/flexion/twisting with TDR?
able to resume preoperative or better function?
I am hoping to hear about good experiences since an active athletic lifestyle is important to me. One of the problems with the internet discussions and forums is that the population tends to be skewed to less favorable outcomes since many who have done well are less likely to be involved in forums/discussions. But, it seems clear that there are certainly a lot of supportive and helpful people on this site.