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Artificial Disk Replacement

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
So Ive been reading about ACDF daily for almost 2 weeks, everything I can find, even new procedures that do the surgery endoscopically, where they put a band aid on your "entry" point and send you home. One article I read was from the UK where a woman had disk replacement surgery, something she got done for free under thier health care system, and she is doing wonderfully. I understand that insurance companies wont pay for this here in the US, and I am assuming that it is because of the lack of FDA approval? Some of the articles Ive read are a bit dated so Im not sure that the information is current. Anyone have any ideas about this?


  • Check with your insurance company because some do cover the cost. There are a couple ADR's approved by the FDA in the States. I just had and ADR put in 3 weeks ago (see your PM)and all is well. I can also tell you this that for the cervical region the FDA has only approved the surgery for a single level.

  • aetown- Like Rob said check with your insurance company. I know that there are a couple of insurances that are covering only single ADRs. United Health, Cigna, and just heard BCBS, of course there are different groups within these insurances. You just have to find out. There are also several FDA trials that are going on and this is all done for free if you can get into one. Read the fine print though some pts get ADRs and others fusions. You don't know what you are getting until after the surgery. Try this web site adrsupport.com most memebers have gotten ADRs.

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  • Just an FYI, my insurance company is BCBS.

  • Too bad more insurance companies wont approve cervical ADR. My NS has a buddy who does them at Walter Reed for those in the military. He has done a butt load of them and within two weeks the patients are back overseas.
  • I know the charite disk is approved. My friend traveled from California to have it done by a doctor in Colorado, Dr. Ken Pettine. The guy is involved in a bunch of research and so has access to all sorts of artificial disks and other technology currently available only overseas. My friend had a great experience with him, has kept his full range of motion and had an extremely short recovery time - like a couple weeks.

    The guy's website is rmsas.com. Something to check out at least.
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  • hey there aetown. I am a candidate for ADR, and I will probably be going for it. There are about 10 orthopedists doing this surgery in the Bay Area, where I live. Check out the Norther California Spine Institute web site...these are the guys who started ADR in the area. It is now approved by the FDA. It is called a Medtronic Prestige Disc. There are others in the San Francisco area. Let me know how things go or anything new you discover. Some insurance folks are allowing it, but as in my case, I have to do the research to convince them. Good luck.
  • I appreciate all the info Ive seen since posting here, Thanks!

    One thing Ive noticed that seems to be a theme here is that they are doing the replacements for those of us who need 1 level done, figures cause I need 2 lol... But Im still searching and checking out everything suggested here, THANX!
  • That's not exactly true. It depends on the Dr. My husband's co-worker has two herniated disc and one bulge in his lumbar. He is going to get one ADR and a laminectomy in November. There are also hybrids. That is where you get one fusion and an ADR.

  • My NS said I was the perfect candidate for ADR. The problem was I simply could not wait. The disc came apart and I was 9/10 to 10/10 in extreme pain. I was put in the hospital for pain mamagement and the drugs did not touch it. I needed the surgery ASAP and could not wait for approval. Oh well...
  • Lumbar ADR's have been approved for multiple levels but in the cervical arena ADR has not been approved.

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