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Anyone had experience with the TruFuse procedure?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:20 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have severe spinal compression and hernias in the lumbar section of my back with bad sciatica. While surgery appears to be the only option my pain specialist is considering a new process using TruFuse. Has anyone had experience with TruFuse and what were the results?



  • Hi Jerry, I have been very active on this site for over a year and a half and have never heard of TruFuse until I read your post. So, I googled it and came across the manufacturers website, which I have just read. It seems like a device that was invented around 2005 and went into limited surgical use in 2006. This is not very long ago in medical terms.

    My opinion (and I am not a doctor) is to be very wary of such new devices until you know a lot more about it, such as:

    1. What clinical trials did it go through?
    2. Is it FDA approved?
    3. How many surgical procedures have now used it?
    4. What is the success rate and how do you define the success rate?
    5. What are the possible complications?
    6. What is the patient selection criteria / screening process? How well do you and you condition fit the selection criteria?
    7. How many surgeries has your surgeon performed with this device?
    8. What is his success rate with this device?
    9. Will your insurance company approve and pay for this procedure?

    This may well be a very good device and procedure and your surgeon may well be very experienced with it - on the other hand you do not want to be a guinea pig being used by the surgeon for him/her to practice a new procedure that may or may not be approved by the FDA and/or your insurer.

    All the best... Bruce
    Keep positive!


    ...an old timer here and ex-moderator

  • Jerry,

    You might want to have your pain specialist take a look at a new product called VerteLoc. The company, I believe, is located out of North Carolina. From what I understand, VerteLoc offers a new type of implant that limits motion of the facet joints in all directions, thus creating the optimum situation for fusion to occur. Everyone knows that a joint that doesn't move cannot cause pain.

    The procedure can be performed open or minimally invasive. The key here is to limit motion over a period of time so that the joint can fuse.

    One way to find out about spine products is to simply perform a search on Google. That usually is a good source to find out about the specific product and additional opinions.

    Good luck in your search, but I would definite check out VerteLoc.
  • Jerry , I have come across no new research since the last time we talked. I will keep looking and hopefully someone else might have some insight into this procedure. As always I wish you the best and please keep us updated on how you are doing and what you find out....take care....Miki
  • There's only a handfull of docs (around 600) trained on this according to the company's own website which even offers online training if you're interested.

    I'd be real hesitant to jump into something so dramatic, when I can't just push the stop button.

    I'm not saying this might not be the best thing that ever happened, what I'm trying to say is use caution and think everything through on a long term global basis.

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