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DDD at L5-S1 might have to get Fusion with Dynesys

Eric.SEEric.S Posts: 220
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
Hey all:

I had a ruptured disk at L5-S1 I'm 40. The prognosis the doctors thought would be easy, do a laminectomy and a disectomy . We’ll they did the laminectomy and when the surgeon was in there is said the disc had so much movement that he changed his mind about the Disectomy. That was 2 years ago, I felt better but I still had pain there. Over the 2 years I have had countless epidurals with no relief till I finally went to see a different surgeon in Atlanta. I thought they bungled it the first time around. That they should have done the discetomy. I saw a pain doctor and she said yep your disk is still ruptured and could be the cause of the pain.

We’ll I saw the doctor today and he agreed with what the first doctors had done. :( But there’s always a but, my disk was now had DDD and he thought that was the problem. He said I could do it the non surgical way, exercise, etc…… I’ve tried that it hurts. He said only Etna will cover a ADR and he said he has seen a lot of ADRs break and either need to do it again. He also said a fusion with the Dynesys that I would be a good candidate for that.

Has anybody heard any good success stories from Dynesys? Is it like the flex fusion?




  • I was just hunting for some statistics on another issue on a site that publishes studies from various spine journals, and there were many positive studies relating to the Dynesys system. If you want to wade through some technical information, just PM me and I will send you the links.

    You can see photos of it here:


    It is always a good idea to try conservative treatment before surgery, but in your case, it sounds like that disc will always give you problems until you have surgery. L5-S1 takes so much of the brunt of gravity pushing the whole vertebral column down into it that it needs to be strong.

    It never hurts to get another opinion. Be sure you are seeing a fellowship-trained spinal specialist...and if you opt for a new procedure, be sure the doctor has experience with it and has done it many times. You do not want to be a guinea pig with your spine.

    Good luck with your decision.


  • Hi there i had deyenes about 19 months ago it did help had l4l5s1, had this done in the uk.

    You are the only person who can decide to have this done out way the positive and negative.

    Google ZIMMER SPINE and click on deyenes this will tell you about the procedure.

    all the best casey

  • gwennie and legend

    I would love to see that info if possible gwennie, I will PM you. The person I am going to see is one of the best ortho doctors in atlanta. Hes been doing the Dynesys method for a while. I wouldn't be a guinea pig.

    Thank you both for your info. Legend glad to hear its working for you.
  • I am a 33 year old Fireman with three little ones. I have had back pain since 2004. It has really gotten worse the last 3 years. I have Deg. Disk Disease in my L4-L5 and worse in the L5-S1. They are also herniated. I have had a ton of epidurals, sometimes giving me a short period of relief. I had an Intradiscal that really made me feel better for six months, that was last year. Wow, those were the days. My surgeon does not want to give me another one due to Infection. I had a Discogram done and although he over pressurized the discs he could not reproduce my pain. He was puzzled at the results and decided I was not a canidate for disc surgery and the problem lies in my facet joints. Well two facet injections later, not quite. I have taken Lyrica, didn't help. I am again trying the Naprean and seeing a Rheumatologist, though it hopefully helps, my pain lies deeper than arthritis. I am now up to 6 30mg roxicodones a day, definetly not where I invisioned myself a year ago. My second opinion said that he can do the fusion but can't guarantee it will help me. Thanks alot. These surgeons I am seeing are the best in New Jersey, that is a fact. I am in so much pain and not only missing the best job in the world but missing out on doing anything with my children. I can't play with them, give them baths, and sometimes miss out on them growing up. Sorry so long, my first post.
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