lumbar fusion or artificial disc repl...

lumbar fusion or artificial disc replacement?

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Alinta Reddingus

Perth, Australia

#1 Jul 21, 2013
Hello,

I am 24 years old, I had 2 level disc prolapse when I was 19, L4 & L5 S1.

I had a lumbar Microdisectomy which relieved my almost all my nerve pain.

Having been a fitness instructor I expected (as did my doctor) that after the 6 weeks rehab I would be able to build up to my exercise tasks, however this didn't happen.

I have tried many forms of pain relief, physio, massage, acupuncture, managed exercise in the form of swimming an walking, but still have a constant ache. I sometimes experience nerve pains as I still have slight compression but my major problem now is the constant ache which we believe is caused by the 2 discs which are degenerated (have no fluid/sponge), this shouldn't happen to a much older age. due to this degeneration the more activity I do the worse it gets, therefore am fairly inactive.quite the opposite to what i'd like, and still sore.

I am now currently faced with 2 surgical options at this stage.

lumbar disc fusion or artificial disc replacement, has anyone had or know someone one who has had either of these surgeries?

I would be great full to hear the outcomes and for feedback. thank you
Mary2013

West Bloomfield, MI

#2 Aug 5, 2013
I had a two level ADR L4/L5 and L5/S1
Mary2013

West Bloomfield, MI

#3 Aug 5, 2013
Oops ... I had a two level ADR on July 17th and so far so good. I went to Spain for the procedure. I am 44 years old. I feel very good and am up walking approximately a mile a day. Check out the website adrsupport.org lots of info with answers on that website. If an ADR fails, you can always fuse. If you don't have money for international, look for a surgeon who will fuse your S1/L5 and put in an ADR for L4/L5. You will need to search hard and work with insurance for a while so plan on this.
Nicola

Sydney, Australia

#4 Mar 6, 2014
I know this is an old topic but these decisions take time so maybe you haven't done anything yet. I had ADR surgery in Sydney. I am older than you but still too young for the back problems I had. I was on narcotics 24/7. My surgery was in December and I am now off nearly all of the meds and I feel great. The surgery was the best thing I ever did. I can't wait to get back to my pre-back-pain activities. If you are on the east coast there are very good surgeons around, you don't need to go overseas. My insurer HCF covered almost all of the cost with no dramas. Just make sure you research your surgeon and are confident with him/her. I would recommend mine to anyone, he was a genuinely good guy who cleat cared a great deal about my outcome.
Janene

Cairns, Australia

#5 Apr 13, 2014
Nicola wrote:
I know this is an old topic but these decisions take time so maybe you haven't done anything yet. I had ADR surgery in Sydney. I am older than you but still too young for the back problems I had. I was on narcotics 24/7. My surgery was in December and I am now off nearly all of the meds and I feel great. The surgery was the best thing I ever did. I can't wait to get back to my pre-back-pain activities. If you are on the east coast there are very good surgeons around, you don't need to go overseas. My insurer HCF covered almost all of the cost with no dramas. Just make sure you research your surgeon and are confident with him/her. I would recommend mine to anyone, he was a genuinely good guy who cleat cared a great deal about my outcome.
Hi Nicola, good to hear your surgery has given you the relief you were hoping for. I'm just wondering how long after the replacement you were totally pain free. My son (22) had ADR L5 almost 4 weeks ago and it appears the old pain is back. He also has a new nerve sensation running from his hip to his knee which I was hoping just might settle down in time. He didn't have any nerve pain prior to his surgery.

Would greatly appreciate any information you (or anyone else) can provide.
Beren

Artarmon, Australia

#7 Sep 7, 2014
Nicola wrote:
I know this is an old topic but these decisions take time so maybe you haven't done anything yet. I had ADR surgery in Sydney. I am older than you but still too young for the back problems I had. I was on narcotics 24/7. My surgery was in December and I am now off nearly all of the meds and I feel great. The surgery was the best thing I ever did. I can't wait to get back to my pre-back-pain activities. If you are on the east coast there are very good surgeons around, you don't need to go overseas. My insurer HCF covered almost all of the cost with no dramas. Just make sure you research your surgeon and are confident with him/her. I would recommend mine to anyone, he was a genuinely good guy who cleat cared a great deal about my outcome.
Hi Nicola
Hope you're further down the road of recovery now :). Was your ARD lumbar? I am suffering from two severely degenerated discs (l4/l5) and now chronic discogenic pain following two discectomies . The injury was sustained in my work place in 2008 where in badly herniated my l5,s1 disc. All went well to start with workers comp, the insurer excepted liability and I had my first laminectomy/discectomy in early 2009. The next year and a half was great until my symptoms returned. Following MRI, ct scans and ex rays it was evident that my l5/s1 disc had reherniated in the same place, accompanied by the collapse and degeneration of my l4/l5 disc. Unfortunately for me this time the insurer has declined responsibility prompting a lengthy legal dispute. In this time i had my second discectomy through the public system which removed my chronic sciatica but in turn has left me with debilitating discogenic pain. Having perviously played rugby union weighing in at 110kgs in season and living a very active life. Now I am down to the bare basics of what I can manage, which isn't much. I'm 27 and would like to reestablish an active life style. I'm from Newcastle so Sydney is a skip an a hop away for me. I was wondering if you could give me the name of your surgeon and any other useful information you might have. Also if you have any idea of the prices involved. Any information that anyone has would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you
moondansa

Perth, Australia

#9 Feb 6, 2015
Nicola wrote:
I know this is an old topic but these decisions take time so maybe you haven't done anything yet. I had ADR surgery in Sydney. I am older than you but still too young for the back problems I had. I was on narcotics 24/7. My surgery was in December and I am now off nearly all of the meds and I feel great. The surgery was the best thing I ever did. I can't wait to get back to my pre-back-pain activities. If you are on the east coast there are very good surgeons around, you don't need to go overseas. My insurer HCF covered almost all of the cost with no dramas. Just make sure you research your surgeon and are confident with him/her. I would recommend mine to anyone, he was a genuinely good guy who cleat cared a great deal about my outcome.
Nicola, what was your surgeon's name? I've just had spinal fusion L5/S1 Nov 19, 2014 and want it taken out asap before it fuses.... I held out for years to find someone to do adr but no one would do it here in Perth at that level. They told me the fail rate is too high. Thank you.
Naj

Sydney, Australia

#10 Dec 17, 2015
Hi
Iam 27, L4/L5 disc degenerative disc disease living in NSW , could you please tell me how is your overall health condition, do you reccommend ADR and which doctor you the sugery with please !?

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