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Hi I'm Ed

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edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello Everyone! :H
This site is awesome! I'm in my 40's and live in CA. I recently injured my back on the job. When I was finally approved for an MRI (dealing with workers comp) they discovered I have two 7mm herniated discs in L4 and L5 and S1. A neurosurgeon's advice is to rush me into surgery and do a fusion. I am doing my research and I do not like what I am finding out about fusions. I have been warned by friends and friends of friends that have fusions not to get one. I am looking into an ADR - the Prodisc-L to be exact but need some recommendations and to hear from some real life experiences. My wife and I are just trying to find out all that we can about it. Kimmers; if you're there, I'd like to hear from you about your progress. You are the reason my wife encouraged me to be a part of this message board. Thanks.



  • Welcome to the boards :H .

    I haven't had this surgery, but my husband has had a fusion. Have you tried all of the alternative treatments before surgery? Have you had injections, pt, ect.? I have tried all of that, but you never know for someone else :? .

    I hope that you will like it here, everyone is very friendly!!!!!!! :)
  • I hope you get some info from the site to help you out. I wish I knew who Kimmers is but I've been a member only a few months and don't know if we ever met. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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  • I have read several comments under the Neck and Back Surgery forum. Someone there should be able to give you some info. Take Care.
  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am a California girl myself. i can't give you any advice on your fusion surgery but doing your homework is the best way to make a decision. =D> you might check out the "Good News" forum to read on successful surgeries. :? good luck with your future. someone will be by to help answer some questions for you. Jenny :)
  • You are really being smart about not rushing in to a fusion. There really are no guarantees with any surgery and sometimes they make the pain worse. I can tell you that my doc said that he would never consider an ADR as there is so much improvement to be done with and they are far from being perfected. Of course your situation is totally different than mine so this may be as good an option as any for you. Good luck and please keep us posted.
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