went in for postop check with neuro surgeon. first 2 minutes he spent checking me out and everything was fine. then the good fellow gave me half hour of time just chatting about the spine.
i asked him if he was getting involved with the adr . he said he was still concerned that it would only last 20 years compared to 40 for the fusion. he said with adr you may need a new one in 20 years just like hip replacement which lasts 20 years.
he also said many patiens have problems because the joint becomes too flexible causing considerable pain when you actually twist too far and hit nerves you couldnt hit before because you were so rigid.
then the conversation shifted to the scs. i asked him if the scs could ease any pain whether it be muscle, nerve or bone. his answer was that all pain takes the same pathways to the brain and therefore the scs if programmed and placed properly will ease all pain. what that means is if you put the time and effort into it you WILL find relief...hope hope hope...pete