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Charite alternative?

trichick76ttrichick76 Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Only just read that the Charite lumbar disc is no longer available and J&J is replacing with InMotion. My husband had a Charite implanted 3 years ago with amazing results (lucky guy), but now that I'm up for a similar procedure there isn't a good alternative. My surgeon doesn't like ProDisc, but is advises that I have a hybrid fusion.

I'm only 35yo and was doing Ironman and Half Ironman triathlons until all went down the drain last year. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

I walked into my surgeons office expecting to be able to get a Charite, too, and walked out mortified after seeing all the hardware involved in the hybrid alternative.

Many, many thanks in advance :)


  • I have nothing good to say about artificial disc as i had the flexicore artificial disc put in my l4l5 and caused nerve damage and i am much worse then before my surgery,

    Your husband did get very lucky it sounds like,

    Spine surgery is never simple and risk is there for nerve damage so its never an easy decision, They left my fkexicore adr in and fused the level but it did not help either as nerve damage and pain is still there of course,

    Good luck on what ever you decide,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
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