Hello everyone. Last time I posted I was asking for your opions on a fusion. But now the opportunity has arisen for me to get the new freedom artificial disc replacement.
When I first discussed surgery with my spine surgeon he mentioned a 360 fusion and an artficial disc replacement. Long story short, the ADR wouldn't be covered by my insurance and there was no long term studies so I was leaning towards the fusion.
Today my surgeon told me that his hospital was just authorized to partake in the clinical trial for the Freedom ADR surgery. He told me that I would most likely be a candidate and he would discuss it with the trial people if I was up for it. He told me I didn't have to do it If I didn't want to and he would do a fusion instead (he has done hundreds of fusions but under 100 ADR surgeries). Also, if I partake in te trial, it will be paid for by the company
I was just wondering if anyone here has had a disc replacement before, preferably the freedom brand (but it doesn't have to be), and how you are doing now.
I know the ADR recovery is much quicker than the 360 fusion and it will also be one less incision.
Thanks in advance for your input.