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Disc Replacement Surgery

Hello all, I was wondering if there is anybody that has had disc replacement surgery and not a fusion? I'm from Germany and it is very common over there. I really would like to do the replacement surgery, but seems hard to find, especially 2 level.
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    There is a lot of controversy over the artificial disc replacement, especially since the long term outcome of the surgery in the lumbar area is not well known. There have been many reports of problems in the lumbar versions of the adr's , especially in the L5-S1, and L4-5 areas of the spine since it allows far too much rotation and flexion than there are naturally occuring in the areas. Multi -level adr has a less stellar outcome in the lumbar area as well. The other issue is if the discs need to be removed, the surgery is life threatening due to the major arterial blood vessels in the area where the discs are inserted, so the risks of tearing those major blood vessels are a huge concern.
    There are also concerns over increased facet joint degeneration, even in those who had little to no signs of it prior to the surgery, so revision to fusion became necessary.
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