In March 2009, I had a two-level Prodisc-C disc replacement at C5-6, and C6-7. From the moment I woke from surgery, I had terrible pain. For about the first six months the surgeon and his PA related the pain to "normal" post-op healing. Then they felt that C5-6 was moving and felt it needed to come out. The plan was to remove that failed ADR and fuse that level. Because C4-5 is now bad, he was going to put another ADR (not Prodisc C) but one made by Nuvasive. He said they are having problems with the Prodisc replacements.
Because of no-fault insurance denying claims to pay this Orthopedic doctor, I went for a second opinion to a Neuorsurgeon. From the first visit, he said because my injury was caused by trauma (MVA) I never should have had ADR surgery. He said with trauma you injure the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, and with an ADR you are not giving them a chance to heal, because you are not immobilizing them. The Neurosurgeon wants to remove BOTH of my Prodiscs and fuse from C4-C7. When I told the Orthopedic doctor, he agreed, now he's changed his mind and as of November, the Orthopedic doctor discharged me from his practice- even though I'm having problems with a surgery that he did!
I'm very concerned about fusing three levels and wonder what I would do if the other levels go bad. I'd appreciate any insight from others in the same or similar situation.
I've also been reading quite a lot about problems caused by Prodisc ADR's. Has anyone else?