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Disc Replacement?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:21 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I went to see my surgeon yesterday and he talked about pain clinic and gave me some stronger pain killers which I just found out I can't take because of other medication that I'm on. And he started talking about a disc replacement surgery as a last resort as I have a very bulging disc which would be the cause of my pain along with osteosrthritis.

Just wondering if there was anyone out there who could give me some advice?? Thank you,

Lyssie xx


  • Hey Lyssie-
    There are some ADR folks around here - they must be sleeping in today!
    Sorry you are in so much pain. A lot of us go to pain management doctors. I have found that PCP's and surgeons are not keen on administering strong pain meds for extended periods of time.
    Where are you from? There may be a member in your area that could PM you info about their personal PM doc.
  • Hi Alyssa,
    I am from Australia and twelve months ago I had a very successful Disc Replacement at L4 . Its going along really well and has sinse the day they put it in . I am very Happy with it ! Good luck !
  • I see my surgeon in London, he's an ortho spine specialist. He wants me to see his collegue at the same hospital even though I live in Guildford. I don't mind though, I 'm used to travelling to be honest.

    Gosh I'm in a lot of pain, I wish I could take some stronger pain killers, but I have to wait till I see my GP on tuesday so she can give me some that are safe to take.

    Thanks again,

    Lyssie xx
  • hi lyssie,
    welcome and big hugs sent your way.i had the flexicore adr at l4-l5 on may 16 2006. I still take medication to control the nerve damage but as long as i don't overdo it i am great. my original back pain was horrendous and is pretty much gone.( spasms occur but are controlled) the main problem i have is the rt leg nerve damage that occurred as a result of having to wait a year post injury due to wc and then during surgery they had to stretch the nerve to get the device in. the smallest was a little to big . I know that sounds aweful but it isn't. although it has been a hard recovery i am glad i had it because now i have an ability to do things again although its not back to everything i used to do. that is to be expected. the flexicore is in random access trial and not yet approved. there are a few here who have had the prodisc put in so keep an eye out. pm me anytime and i would be happy to talk with you in more detail . do as much research as you can before deciding on any kind o back surgery. good luck and best blessings,

  • Hey Alyssa!

    I am a recent ADR patient. There is a site www.adrsupport.com that is filled with cases of ADR patients. Give it a look.

  • While I'm a fan of ADR's, they do have thier downside.
    ADRsupportdotorg has been accused of deleting negative ADR stories. I don't know if the whole story is being given there.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • my surgeon told me that artificial disc are not safe-is that the same thing as a disc replacement?
  • i am from london and i am in a very similar position to you.

    i have had 2 previous disectomies on my L4/L5 but i have the same pain still. my doc said in 3 months time he will do a discogram and if that is positive then it will be either a fusion or adr

    i have been going to the wellington hospital in london do u know it?

    may i ask what hospital u been at?

    i have been refered to a pain management doctor but they dont do anything trust me except give u pain meds etc.

    ok thnx
  • This is only my opinion. I am not even a canadit for surgery. But I've researched a lot on the ADR. My opinion is that with the research that I've read, a lot from Europe, is that there is a higher chance of future damage on the disc above and below a fusion, which in turn will put you right back to your situation now in a couple of years. But with an Adr your disc above and below are more likely not to be affected because some Adrs are made to be some what of shock absorbers. There is nothing out there that is going to be as good as your natural disc but I would want something as close as possible to it. The recovery time is a lot faster than a fusion also.

    All I want is to find something that is going to help my situation. I don't want a bandaid I want a fix.

    Where do you live? A lot of individuals who have had Adrs are from outside the US. Right now it is only being done for research and trials in the US. That is why it is not yet a standard procedure.

    I hope I've helped you,
  • I attent the private hospital, London Bridge Hospital. It's right next to Guy's (the NHS hospital). My surgeon showed me a little model of the spine with a new disc in it, it was this metal thing that can move around.

    My surgeon was like 'Yeah I do lots of them'

    Oh and thanks for the link Paul, I'm looking on it now =]...

    One thing I didn't ask about the ADR was recovery time. As I've been through a fusion and I think the recovery times are different as you aren't waiting for a full fusion mass to take place or anything like that, rght? So I think that's one of my questions to save for him.

    Thanks again guys,

    Lyssie xx
  • Hey alyssa, don't give up hope . I waited 18 months of disabling pain before my ADR surgery. I had 2 ProDisc plaved at L4L5 and L5S1. The minute I woke up from surgery I knew it had worked. No pain and no numbness in my feet. 3 weeks later I could walk a mile pain free. Within 5 months I could play golf pain free. I am now 7 months post-op and feel 100%. It is great to have my life back
  • hi there again alyysa,

    is your surgeon called "Mr Lam"

    and have u had any other opinions from other surgeons? what have they said if you have had?

    have u had any previous surgery?

    i would really like to speak to u maybee if you can send me ur email address in a private message we can speak more.

  • Hi Ortega

    Yeah my surgeon is Mr Lam, I PM'd you. I will PM you again with my email address.

    Thank you so much for your replies guys it means so much to me. I am in so much pain xx
  • Hope you are able to get some answers and determine your best option. I do recommend ADRsupport.org. there are good stories, there are horror stories, and for the Americans, good info re: insurance. i.e. Looks like ADR may not be an option for me due to the prohibitive cost and my insurance does not see fit to cover it :(
  • hi there again,

    i have added you to my msn and i have sent you a private message with my contact info.

    hope to speak to you soon...

    take care
  • I'm off to see my GP tomorrow morning about pain killers so I hope she can give me either the Tramadol or something as strong.

    Thanks again for all the support you guys have given me you have all been so great

    Lyssie xx

  • Lyssie I will be curious to see what your decision will be. I am 8 weeks post op tomorrow and I am recovering. I was told by my first ortho guy that recovery time is less with a fusion if you fuse properly. I thought that was kinda lame. But with this ADR I could go to my follow up in two weeks and say I feel great or I am sore and they would say that it is all in the range of normal.

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