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2-level ADR L-4L-5 L-5 S-1

Wombatcat76WWombatcat76 Posts: 1
edited 12/15/2014 - 11:25 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello,
I am in need of some help and direction. I live in the US and have felt with back problems since I was 25yrs. old. Due to a car accident I sistained a herniated disc, and the tests revealed DDD. In 2010, I had a microdisectomy. Currently, I'm in need of a 2-level ADR at L4-5:L5-S1. I Just turned 38, and want to regain what's left of my somewhat youthful life. Unfortunately, my time has come and the US will only do 1 disc replacement. My doctor gave me a recommendation for a surgeon in Germany, and one in London. In doing my own research, I feel like a fish out of water. I thought I was knowledgable about my issues. ADR is roughly 10 years young in the US. And, my heart sank when I heard the doctor say " you are not a candidate for ADR, and you are the perfect candidate for ADR", just not here.
I now find myself in uncharted waters. I feel like Germany is at least 20 years ahead of the U.S. in this area, but I'm not opposed to Any suggestions.

Dr. zzzzzzzz, is the name I was given by my doctor here, but I've also found some info. on a Dr. zzzzzzzzz. It seems there is also some debate over which is the best device on the market, Prodisc -L, Mobic, etc... Then there is cost, facilities, insurance, contact info.,etc....
I would truly appreciate any information an/or personal experience anyone is willing to share with me.

Living in pain, is no way to live. Regaining my quality of life is my goal.

Thanks to anyone willing to take the time and share.

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  • into the surgeon in Germany because there have been many complaints about his lack of follow up for patients who experience complications with their adr.
    While I think that adr has it's place and in some patients it is a blessing, there are far too many others who have had negative outcomes when it is used in the lumbar spine and revision surgery is extremely complex, as well as it being very difficult for a patient from the US to find someone with experience in doing revision surgery.
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