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Old 01-29-2009, 01:53 AM
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Thanks so much. I do not expect to be pain free but 75% would be great. I hope I am not expecting too much, I am a wreck. Dr. Regan was great but I am still thinking of going local. May the force be with me.
Cervical fusion C4-6 March 2002
Fall on tailbone causing sciatica and back pain April 05
Conservative Treatment and PM for 2 years
Discogram concordant pain @L4-S1 Aug. 07
Prodisc ADR's at L4-S1 November 2007
Foraminotomy July 08 for Sciatica
Continued problems and back pain worsened
Prodiscs removed and discs fused at L4-S1 Feb. 09
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Old 01-31-2009, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by racergaldar View Post
For those of you who've had surgery; are you glad you did it or regret it?
Which type? Fusion or ADR
Which type of fusion or ADR?
At what spine level?
How long ago?
What finally convinced you to decide to do it? (optional).
1. Glad
2. 4 level ADR
3. C5/C6; C6/C7 Prestige Disc; L4/L5; L5/S1 Maverick Disc
4. Surgery done at Stenum Hospital November 4th, 2006

What finally forced me to do it was my Board of Directors literally kicked me off of the property of where I work. They told me to get myself fixed and bring the old me back to the place. I was trying to wait for my lawsuit to settle so I could be guaranteed that it would be paid for. After it was done, not only did it get paid for by the lawsuit but, it also got completely covered by the insurance company. I was truly blessed and fortunate. My quality of life was horrible pre-surgery. I walked with a cane for almost a year. I was getting extremely limited in my capabilities.

No Regrets!

Terry Newton
1980 ruptured L4-L5
1988 ruptured SI-L5
1990 ruptured C5-C6
1994 ruptured C6-C7
1995 Hemi-Laminectomy C5-C6, C6-C7 Mayo Clinic
Bicycle Accident 2004
MRI, EMG, Facet Injections, Epidural Blocks, Lumbar Discogram.
Stenum Hospital Surgery November 4, 2006
Prestige Disc C5-C6, C6-C7
Maverick Disc S1-L5, L4-L5
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Old 01-31-2009, 06:06 PM
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For those of you who've had surgery; are you glad you did it or regret it?
I'm glad I did it.

Which type?
ADR, ProDisc, 2-level lumbar

How long ago?
5 years and 2.5 months

What finally convinced you to decide to do it? (optional).
I was bed-ridden for close to a year (23 years old). My quality of life was horrible... I couldn't do "easy" things like tie my own shoes, go to the movies, be in one position (standing, sitting) for > 20 minutes, needed assistance showering, etc.
1994 Football Injury
1997 Snow Skiing Injury
Laminotomy L4/L5 (3.7.97--17 years old)
1999 & 2003 MVA (not at fault both times)
Grade V Tears L4/L5 & L5/L6
2-Level ProDisc® L4/L5 & L5/L6* *lumbosacral transitional vertebra (11.15.03--23 years old)
Dr. Rudolf Bertagnoli -- dr-bertagnoli.com
Pain-free for the last 4.5 yrs.
5.14.09 DSS with Dr. B.
I'm here to help. Only checking PMs currently.
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Old 01-31-2009, 06:18 PM
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Yes, Glad I had ADR surgery

Maverick disc L4-L5

Surgery performed ( 10-19-07 )

My only regret = waiting to long before having
surgery. ( doctors in Maine had me doomed )

Stenum Hospital * Germany

Surgery 10-19-07 ( L4-L5 Maverick disc )

For my true life story ...

go to -----> www.youtube.com

print -----> ADR surgery into the space bar

or ... http://www.maverick-disc.blogspot.com (my picture & movie updates)
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Old 02-01-2009, 01:52 AM
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I'm glad I did it-regret what brought me to it!
Prodisc ADR at L4-5
Done 2 years, 4 months ago
I was in extreme pain, and my only options were fusion or ADR. At my age, (only 27 at the time) I didn't want to start a chain reaction up my spine leaving me immobile by 60! I figured that if ADR failed, the level could be fused without removing the disc, leaving me no farther behind than going straight to fusion. I have my life back, even though I still have about 20-25% of the pain. It's still worth it for what drastic improvement I did get- and ask me if I'm happy 7 years and 8 months from now when I don't have adjacent level degeneration!
Herniated disc lifting at age 19
Laminectomy at L4-5 in 1998, repeat in 2001 same level
13 docs, 9 PT's, 8 Epidurals, 3 trigger point inj, 1 Facet Block, 1 Acupuncturist, 3 Chiros and 1 child later, had L4-5 ProDisc placed 9-19-06 by Dr. Janssen in Denver, CO. Facet rhizo March, 2007, November 2007, January 2009
Had healthy baby boy #2 in Dec 2008 with use of some meds during pregnancy and nursing.
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Old 02-01-2009, 03:52 PM
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I'm glad I had surgery.

ProDisc @ 3 levels: L 3-4, L4-5, L5-6

Two years ago in April 2007, by Dr. Bertagnoli, in Bogen Germany.

I was in horrible pain. My quality of life was more than compromised. I spent that Christmas before surgery in the hospital, due to horrific pain levels.

bicycle accident 6/01: 2 compression fractures @ T12-L1; vertibroplasty; 4/06: right hip labral tear & arthroscopic repair; 4/07: lumbar prodiscs @ 3 levels, L3-6 by Dr. Bertagnoli; 7/02/08: ALIF L6-S1; 7/30/08: reopened to remove bone cement, leaked onto S1 nerve root; 8/08: pulmonary embolism, double pneumonia, collapsed left lung, pleurisy, pleural effusion; ALIF fusion complete; 3/10/09: SI Joint Fusion by Dr. Stark; Jury still out.

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Old 02-03-2009, 04:39 AM
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Default Wow! Keep them coming

thanks everyone for posting your responses and please keep them coming. I'm sure there are several people out there who are/were wondering the same and they will find this very helpful.

The reason why I asked, is that WC denied the last four weeks of my functional Restoration Program (yes, I know I owe a status report). Currently tried to get the denial overturned and should have an idea by the end of the week. If not, then I'll have to decide whether I can live like this forever or have surgery and have a chance of a normal life or still be in pain.

Stay tuned!
L5 Radiculopathy
2002: Bag lifting/chiro injury
2008: Slip & Fall in 2008
2002-08: 11 epidurals: L3 to S1
2003: L4-L5 Nuceloplasty
2004: L3-L4 Nucleoplasty
Dec 2008: Begin Functional Restoration Program
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Old 03-21-2009, 03:34 PM
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Which type? ADR prodisc Nova

At what spine level? C4/5,C5/6,6/7

How long ago? As of this posting, 3 weeks ago (2/26/09) w/ Dr Bertagnoli Bogen, Germany

What finally convinced you to decide to do it? ....I was in really bad pain most evenings, painl evel 7-8. Even with meds, still in soe pain. It was taking away my social life and even sapping my will to live as living became about surviving each day.Had weird below the waste symptoms that dogged me also.

ANyways, at this time I am only 3 weeks post op but very pleased with results so far. All of my old pre op pain and symptoms are 100% gone! AMAZING!! Just having some surgery type pain now(feels more like inflamation) which I expect will subside over time. Im able to be off pain meds at 3 weeks post op and been doing treadmill and comfortably getting out and about, but I have a pain level 3 if I do, so I generally still prefer to take a little meds most days till I am further into my recovery.
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Old 03-22-2009, 12:20 AM
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[quote=racergaldar;6070]For those of you who've had surgery; are you glad you did it or regret it?
Which type? Fusion or ADR
Which type of fusion or ADR?
At what spine level?
How long ago?
What finally convinced you to decide to do it? (optional).

1. I am glad I did the surgery!
2. ADR L4/5
3. June 10, 2008
4. Although the pain was of course the first issue I really wanted some of my life back (no pun intended).

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Old 04-16-2009, 12:06 AM
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For those of you who've had surgery; are you glad you did it or regret it?
Which type? ADR
Which type Prodisc
At what spine level? l4-s1
How long ago? Feb 2008
What finally convinced you to decide to do it? Constant pain all conservative treatments failed, pain meds didn't work, felt desperate
44 Year Old, mom of 3
DDD - l4-s1- woke up Feb 2005 and couldn't walk
Tried PT, Injections, Accupuncture, drugs, etc.
2 level Prodisc ADR L4-S1, Feb. 18, 2008 Dr. Bertagnoli - Straubing, Germany - SUCCESS -

Now I struggle with Neck Pain likely c5-7
PT, injections, rhizotomy.......MRI and CT Myleo not consistent with pain symptoms, waiting that out, keeping my passport valid
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