Hello, My name is Joseph
I have scheduled the ADR surgery with Dr Jack Ziggler for the levels L4-L5 and L5-S1 using ProDisk L discs. after this surgery I will have an XLIF type fusion at L2-L3.I had a prior L2-L3 disectomy lamenectomy and dissaction at L4 and L5 in Aug 2004 this did not fix my pain problem. Also I have had a fusion at C3-C4 in mar 2007 that worked wonderful. I would like some advice from people who have had fusions and Artificial disk replacement at L4-L5 and L5-S1. I would like to know what to expect and how your outcome was. I am a 42 yr old male 6'4" 236 lbs. I do not smoke I drink occassionaly I have stopped taking all pain medication ie morphine 3 weeeks ago because of colon problems caused from opiates. I have united healthcare which I think will not pay for this procedure so I am seeking pre determination also I am a veteran who goes to the VAMC in oklahoma city. I have finally got them to refer me out to see an orthopedic surgeon after giving them the Dr notes from Dr Jack Ziggler MRI reports and discogram reports. I have asked them to pay for the ADR surgery and subrogate with united health care since they cannot refuse to pay the VA hospital back because of federal rights to reimbursement. If this works out and the VA does this I will be the first veterean to get an ADR surgery they currently only do these for active duty soldiers. So my hopes are not to high except that maybe I will get lucky since they can force my insurance company to pay them back. otherwise they will probably want me to get a fusion also. I just want to make the right choice and get what is the best fix so I can live without drugs...
thanks for taking the time to read and respond