I usually don't post on any sites but feel obligated to share my experience to others as I honestly feel that by the grace of God and the doctors at Stenum, my life has been restored back to normal. I have been dealing with unrelenting pain for 13 yrs due to DDD in my Lumbar region. I am a 43 year old male, been very active my entire life and have tried to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I began having back problems in my early 30's which ultimately became serious after a cycling injury about 5 years ago. At that time, I ruptured my disc at L5-S1 and have basically gone through hell since that time. Every doctor told me to "hold off" due to my age and my journey continued with medications, PT, Chiro, Accupunc, etc.. In Feb. 2010, I finally had to have a laminectomy at L5-S1 to free up Sciatic pain and was very satisfied with the results, but still suffered from chronic lower back pain from the DDD. Last September I was speaking to a buddy of mine (who suffered from the same conditions as myself) in church and he told me that he was off to Germany for ADR surgery. After returning and seeing his results, I submitted my clinical info to see if I would be a candidate and was accepted for a two level disc replacement at L4-5 and L5-S1 using the Spinal Kinetics M6 at Stenum Hospital. Needless to say I said "game on!" and now I am 3 weeks post-op, home and sitting at my computer typing this post completely pain free! (minus the occasional incision pain)
Dr.s are truly performing miracles for individuals with little or no hope left. If you would have told me a year ago that I would fly half way across the world to have spinal surgery I would have laughed in your face! And now I am rejoicing that my friend shared his experience with me and I can share it with you!