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ProDisc-C Artificial Disc replacement, anyone?

Hi,

I will be having a cervical disc replaced this summer with a ProDisc-C Artificial Disc. Anybody here have any experiences with it?

Thanks,
Robin
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  • Considering an artificial disc at c5-c6, , i would have the prestige by medtronics. I would also have a 1 level fusion at c6-c7. I am still considering a 2 level fusion. Did your surgeon give you a choice between adr and acdf? Does your insurance cover the disc? Mine does not, they want a 2 level fusion.
    I'm beginning to think i should've posted in the cervical forum because like you, i haven't had any replies yet.
    Have a good night, M
  • I wasn't given a choice between ADR or ACDF. The reason for this is that in 2012, I had an ACDF and corpectomy (fusion and removal of vertebrae) from c6-t1. Since that resulted in adjacent segment disease in a year, my surgeon does not want to chance another fusion, as he said, I only have so much neck and we can only fuse so much. If I continue at this rate with fusions, I will have my whole back fused within 10-15 years. My doctor can't figure out why my back is falling apart so fast at my age (only 33). Now my right arm is atrophying in my forearm and bicep (which is non-existent compared to the left side), so I made an appointment to see my surgeon sooner rather than later. I hope I will have the surgery sooner rather than later as well. I am not sure if my insurance covers it, but my surgeon works at a research/university hospital with good charity programs, so it might not be an issue.

    Thanks,
    Robin
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