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Travelling to America from the UK for Disk Replacement ??

Hi Everybody,i'm not sure if i'm in the right place on the forum for this type of advice/help I need ?? but i've always found everyone on here in the past very friendly and helpful. live in England and my spinal consultant has recommended spinal fusion for my degenerative damaged L5 disk.This was diagnosed In June last year with a discogram procedure i've tried nerve/disk/epidural injections and none have worked for my chronic lower back pain.I also suffer from severe bouts of sciatica which travels from my lower back down my right leg into the bottom of the foot this is also extremely painful and im now classed as disabled due to this spinal problem.I have never ever thought or discussed fusion with my consultant and I would never have this kind of operation due to a very low success rate and the high risks.I know of 3 people who have had fusion and they are actually worse off now than before the operation.Im only in my 30s and my whole life has been turned upside down since an accident I had at work.Anyway here in the UK at present they do not perform total disk replacements and as I always come on this brilliant website for advice im wondering would it be possible to travel to America and get a disk replacement ?? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,817
    Limetree, I am just curious because even though I think US has top doctors, due to some of the FDA etc we are behind other countries in use of ADR. Many doctors are doing it here now, but still they have been doing it for a very long time other places. If I am not mistaken I have come across people who had it done in the UK are you sure they dont do it there ? A short search online says different. I dont think it would be bad decision to travel to US if you have that option, but something closer may be a better fit for your needs?
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
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