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Disc Replacement Advice

OneLevelOOneLevel Posts: 3
edited 11/17/2014 - 7:59 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi, everyone.

I've been suffering for almost three years with a degenerating disc at C5/C6. My doctors initially thought it was just a muscular problem (probably because I am young, 37) but I recently made them give me an MRI and they found radiculopathy, stenosis, etc. resulting from disc loss at C5C6. The last few months, the pain has gotten really bad and it's hard for me to focus at work and do what I need to do at home (I have young children).

Recently I've met with two surgeons (in Los Angeles area) and both have recommended an ADR without hesitation. Now, I'm trying to figure out the pros/cons to going through with the surgery and could really use some advice!

Poking around on here, I've read some great things about the surgery but then I've also read some not-so-great things like "I've heard there's lots of problems with those." and things like that. Both surgeons also said they would use the Pro Disc 100%.

I know surgery is a personal decision, but I would love to hear from any of you that have had this surgery or considered it and decided against for whatever reason. I would greatly appreciate it!


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I had a Prodisc at C5-C6 three years ago and am glad I had it done.
    August 2013 C7-T1 MED
    July 2013 L4-L5-S1 TLIF
    December 2011 C5-C6 ADR
    April 2009 L5-S1 MED
  • smaugssmaug Posts: 7
    edited 11/21/2014 - 9:28 PM
    I had an axiomed freedom cervical disc replacement 5 months ago at C6/7 - very smooth operation and recovery. I asked the surgeon (who has done over 2000 disc replacements) about other discs. His opinion was that the prodisc did not retain the natural rigidity of a natural disc and has a higher chance of displacement of the rubber membrane, unlike the freedom disc, which is more of a rigid structure. Also a more rigid structure puts less stress on the ligaments and stabilising muscles. If you go ahead with ADR (which only your doctor can advise on), while the prodisc is well tested, I would also investigate newer alternatives.

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  • OneLevelOOneLevel Posts: 3
    edited 02/04/2015 - 1:04 PM
    Thanks for the replies! Surgery scheduled in three weeks!
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