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Pro disc revision

I was just wondering if anyone has had, or has any info regarding disc replacement revision. Back in 2009 I had fusions of L5-S1, L4/5, and a pro disc replacement of L2-3. Since the operation I really haven't felt that the surgery was successful. Still have a lot of pain, and numbness that i had before, but I have been dealing with it because disability is not an option right now. I know that there is no long term studies available as ADR's are fairly new. Reading about revision surgery scares me to death. What do the doctors do for a patient with an ADR when it fails.


  • alexhurtingaalexhurting Posts: 1,991
    edited 12/20/2012 - 12:19 PM
    My ADR in 2004 called flexicore put in my l4l5 as clinical trial has been nothing but a nightmare due to nerve pain caused by the surgery, No Dr i know and talked to in the last 8 years would consider ever removing the ADR only option i was given was having it fused leaving the ADR in to stop motion just to see if nerve might heal by fusing it,

    Needless to say i had it fused but nerve never healed so life long pain without a cure ,

    This is the bigest issue with the ADR surgery it gets put in from the front but because of the scar tissue after the surgery the danger going back in from the front is high and most dr,s dont want to take that risk to remove it,

    This is why fusion is often recomended if the ADR was to fail,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • So sorry to hear about your pain. This stinks that thi is what we're faced with. Between having the fusions an the ADR surgery at the same time. I felt like the operation wasnt a success. Pain never really stopped. But you talk to the surgeon he thinks there is no reason for this pain, so it must be in my head. If I would have known that the revision was so dangerous I would have never had it done. The doctor never once told me about those risks. I do remember him telling me that if there were a problem with the device he would go thru the side rather then the same scar. Like I said he seems to think everything is great. My next appt is Jan 8. What stinks is this is a workers comp case and I'm having a problem trying to find a quality doctor to except my case for a second opinion without going out of network.
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