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3 level Lumbar Disc Replacement

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,550
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:27 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Has anyone had 3 level lumbar disc replacement?


  • Maybe things have changed recently, but I believe the FDA only has approved a one level disc replacement. I think you'd need to go to Germany for a 3 level. There is quite a lot of information on the internet about the leading clinic in Germany.

    They are used to treating patients from all over the world. It seems like their practice is well organized to treat those of us from the U.S.

    I gather your fusion isn't working out for you?
  • I just saw the other post from someone who had a 3 level ADR in the U.S. so I am mistaken in what I wrote. I didn't realize they were doing them here and am eager to hear where the poster had the surgery and what the outcome is down the road.
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  • I also never heard of the FDA allowing a two or a three level disk replacement, just authorized by the FDA on neck surgery for more than one level.

  • I know two individuals who have gotten more than one adr in the US. One has two in his lumbar and the other has three also in the lumbar. Both covered 100% by United Healthcare (AT&T's insurance group. $40.00 copay for hospital visit. I think it is up to the insurance company if they are going to approve it (pay for the multiple levels). I've only read of two adrs in the cervical region.

    There are a number of trials going on with multiple levels right now.

  • in December in Britain. It's very rare here too.

    I'm bitterly regretting having mine, but I know that some people really benefit from it.
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  • Hey Delaware Girl, My name is Dave and I had a 2 level adr using the ProDisc. The FDA only recognizes single level use of the ProDisc but there must be ways around that because my workers comp covered the entire operation. The orginal Artificial Disk was the Charite which is approved for multi level surgeries. Iwould not recommend this disk because the design can cause slippage. My surgeon only uses yhe ProDisc because the keel design prevents that problem (slippage of the Charite disk probably has slowed the use of adr in the U.S. but hopefully the ProDisc and other new designs will change that) Ihad my surgery in California where I live and it was the best thing I ever did as I am now pain free and living life again. Good luck and feel free to respond with any questions
  • I just had a 3-level fusion in November. I wish I had known it was possible to get replacements instead. I am so stiff and miserable. I am beginning to 'turn the corner' as they say, but I would much have preferred to keep some movement in my spine.


    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • I had a three level "hybrid" which was a Charite ADR at L3/L4,L4/L5 and an ALIF fusion at L5/S1 on April 22nd last year, in the UK. Still having problems but seems to be with the cause of the damaged discs rather than the remedy.
  • Hello all I am a survivor of a three level lumbar disc replacement. Contrary to what you may have read or been told, this procedure is performed here in the USA. It has not been the procedure of choice for most due to the fact that it is a fairly new process here in the states. In addition to the fact that insurance companies dont like to approve the replacement. Although I personally was a candidate for the disc replacement procedure, it is not for all. I had to have testing done to prove that this was a viable choice. And each one of us is a different case. So my advice to you if your considering a replacement discuss your options with your doctor.
    These are a couple of reasons I opted to go with disc replacement. One is the longevity of the prosthesis used, it is expected to last 40+ years. Secondly is the range of motion that is to be expected as a result of disc replacement.
    The above mentioned information is a personal experience and opinion based on what i have endured. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

    I wish you all the best of luck, whatever choice you may make.
  • What levels did you have done?
    Which disc did you use?
    What has your range of motion been like with the artificials compared to your original discs?
    Any adjacent level problems?
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