Hi, I am a 45 year old woman who has been physically active and athletic my entire life and I want to continue to be able to do everything with minimal pain. I have had chronic back pain for at least 15 years resulting from several issues in my spine and am hoping to find a surgeon (ideally a neurosurgeon or a very skilled and experienced orthopedic surgeon) who has performed multi-level artificial disc replacement in both the cervical and lumbar regions.
I have a bone spur between C5-C6 which is compressing my spinal cord which recently began causing weakness in my right arm/hand in particular. I also have herniated discs between C4-C5 and C6-C7 and so far all of the doctors I have seen are recommending the traditional anterior cervical discectomy & fusion (ACDF) treatment for my neck which I really do not wish to pursue.
In addition, I have spinal stenosis and herniated discs in my lumbar region L3-S1 with one disc completely gone resulting in bone on bone at L5-S1.
Needless to say my spine is not happy. I come from a long line of active, athletic women who live to 94 years old and above and I want to be able to do the same. Any recommendations for surgeons in the USA who perform multilevel artificial disc replacements would be very appreciated. I am trying to do as much research as possible about different options available.