I have suffered for over a year now from a spinal injury resulting from a hard fall on the ice last January. I detailed my condition in past posts so will not repost it here.
After meeting with two different surgeons I have found what I consider a very fine doctor who is recommending the placment of a Coflex-F at L4-L5, from which my primary problem emanates. I am looking at surgery in February. He recommends leaving the disk in place and simply decompressing the joint and installing the Coflex. He describes very high success rates with this device, even though it has only been approved in the U.S. for about a year, after extensive use in Europe, as I understand it.
I would appreciate any information or thoughts any of you may have on this device.
My condition is DDD at L4-L5, with spinal stenosis, an annular fissure, moderate central/foraminal disk bulge and some herniation. My primary symptom is a very pronounced "electrical" pain within my spine at that level that radiates up and down my lumbar spine. It is pain that is so pronounced that I will tiptoe around all day trying to avoid it. I have days where this pain is active all day long and days that it is not as pronounced, but it never goes away completely. I also experience left and right leg sciatica (though this is certainly secondary relative to the symptom described above) and always have burning pain in my lumbar region.
I am very encouraged at the thought of stabilizing this joint and removing the pressure on the disk, while leaving the disc in place. A full disk removal and traditional fusion scares the heck out of me.
All thoughts and feedback will be greatly appreciated!