I wanted to share my very positive experience about cervical artificial disc replacement with everyone.
I was in a car accident 5 years ago and had neck problems ever since. In Feb. of this year I herniated C5-6. Over the past 5 years and especially this year, I have tried EVERY conservative measure (i.e. injections, PT, traction, meds, etc.) and it all stopped working. I saw one neurosurgeon and he recommended an ACDF at C5-6. I didn't get a good vibe from him or his office so I went for a second opinion with an orthopedic spine surgeon. He recommended I have an ADR. I am only 26 so he wouldn't do a fusion on me, he didn't think that was a good option at my age.
I had Medica insurance, which doesn't cover ADR, I had to appeal and appeal. I switched insurance to Patient Choice and they approved it right away.
I had the Prestige ADR at C5-6 on 10-2-08. When I woke up from surgery I felt so good I didn't think they did the surgery. I wore a soft collar for a few hours and that was it for any collar/brace. I went home the next day. I went back to work 11 days later and was fine. I am so happy with my results! My throat was only bothersome for a few days and the pain is mainly soreness/muscle tension. I have off and on arm pain but not that often and my surgeon said that takes the longest to go away but my neck pain is gone.
I would recommend this surgery to anyone that is a candidate. I would also say to be your own advocate and stay on your insurance, ask your doctors questions, etc. If I hadn't done that I probably would have had a fusion and still be recovering and not back to a normal life.
Sorry I went on and on but I see a lot on these message boards that people don't always post positive experiences. I am sooooo happy I had the surgery and I feel great, I take one pain pill once in awhile at night. The results are unbelievable! <:P