Should I have had an artificial disc replacement (m6) instead of microdiscetomy in s1-l5?
What your opinions?
I know that many here d say no, but I heard of some young people, who had it and are doing well and back on their exercises and gym.
As I m former professonal ballet dancer and was in excellent shape and still are regarding my condition I now wonder if I made a right choice at all since I want to go back to an active life ( ok not to ballet) and don't want to live like 80y old only walking around rest of my life and be scared of reherniation or pains or ever lifting my kids.
I'm 32y old and have 2 small kids (age of 1 and 3) and 1 13y old.
So I really can't keep living like this and ll need to have 24h/7 help for my kids from now on.
Since i can't be lift them or bend or anything to avoid reherniation.
Ok, I do know that artificial disc also require a recovery time but I m seeing those people more active than people with discetomies, who are scared of reherniations.
I had my microdiscetomy 10days ago and ok I walk normal and can walk as fare as I want to but I don't do it since it was not my issue. Issue was that I could not sit or drive a car or bend at all after my injury and was in constant pain.
My neurosurgeon at Clevland clinic said my spine was perfectly healthy only this herniation 8,5mm in L5-S 1 and on same side it had caused severely narrowed foraminal canal.
But I always walked normal only the sitting and pain was an issue.
So no I wonder if I should have went to artificial disc replacement instead?
I want to avoid future fusion and new surgeries since thus discetomy weakens the spine.
I wish I d have chosen it instead of the discetomy and now I m even thinking to find a dr to do it before other parts of my spine
Weakens etc and I can't no more do it.
Since I spoke with people who had it done instead of discetomy and doing well..
What are your thoughts??
Not sure if M6 implants are already in use in US but in Europa they are.
If I knew of that option I d have travelled there.
Sorry my spellings.. Laying down and writing the laptop on my belly and 10days post surgery and still can't sit..
36y old female, s1-L5 micro discetomy 18th of September 2014