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Old 01-26-2009, 06:19 AM
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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).

I've been doing the research have a good idea of the pros and cons, but was curious as to what the numbers show. In about 5 weeks, I fear I may need to make a decision and I'm on the fence.

I don't know whether anyone has actually been keeping tabs, but I'll track all the responses and make them available for everyone to see (no name will be included, just the answers from above questions.
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Old 01-26-2009, 03:34 PM
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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 (even after reading about bad outcomes and still on meds, still w/pain)
2) ADR, Prodisc-C, Germany
3) C3-4, C4-5, C5-6, C-6-7
4) April 7, 2008
5) Fusion vs ADR vs Wait w/more Pain Meds (taking chance that bone density/age would make ADR impossible and might incur permanent cord/nerve damage)
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2004 excessive pain, x-ray, PT, MRI diagnosis cervical DDD
**PM recommended, meds, PT, massage therapy, chiropractor, injections
**Dec. 2007 numbness and weakness in left arm/thumb, x-rays, MRI, discs at C4-7 pushing on spinal cord, fusion or ADR out of country
**April 7, 2008, discogram at C3-4, surgery 4 levels, Prodisc-C, Dr. Bertagnoli, Germany
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Old 01-26-2009, 06:13 PM
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Glad I had surgery, also adding % because I'm not, nor likely will I ever be 100%, so my success rate is about 65-70%.
ADR, Prodisc, 3 level, S1/L3
Oct, 2005
I had no life, just sat in a zero gravity chair, all day, everyday. Couldn't even eat at the table with my family. 3-level fusion was contra-indicated.

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Old 01-26-2009, 06:25 PM
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I regret I had my 2nd discectomy but that regret is so long buried that I hardly ever feel the emotional pain that I did after it failed so badly long ago.

Sooner or later I was bound to do something at that 2nd level (L4) and I guess there could have been other surgeons, other outcomes and so on so forth but that's all just hindsight for me.
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Old 01-26-2009, 07:16 PM
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glad i had my surgery
l-5/l-6
dr bertagnoli
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Old 01-26-2009, 09:57 PM
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very glad that I had surgery
Prestige ST at c5/6
January 24, 2008
precipitant was increasing weakness with the threat of permanent nerve damage; I was also concerned about osteopenia and age that would preclude me from having ADR if I waited too long and, although a neurologist announced that I could live without looking up, I was tired of the pain, the limited range of movement, the other symptoms and spending a good percentage of my time in physical therapy
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Old 01-26-2009, 10:20 PM
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I was 5 years into constant spine problems, 3 years into disability and constant meds... 2 years into high dose opiates, neurontin, AD's., no life
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:40 AM
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For those of you who've had surgery; are you glad you did it or regret it?
I regret the decompression surgery that messed up the ADR
Which type? Fusion or ADR
Prodisc L4-S1
How long ago?
14 months ago for the prodiscs, 8 months ago for the decompression
What finally convinced you to decide to do it? (optional).
I was in horrible pain, thinking horrible thoughts and in bed most of the time.
I am able to do more now with the help of drugs but quality of life is still pretty bad. I am hoping the revision surgery will help.
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:11 PM
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Thumbs up another positive here

GLAD
i'd do it again in a heart beat!
I'm the Prodisc Poster Boy :---)
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After a botched spinal tap where my L4/L5 disc exploded i underwent a laminectomy in 1979, and ran from spinal surgery ever since, then in 2002 i met DrDelamarter in Santa Monica- and my life as i knew it changed dramatically, I consider myself the "ProdiscPosterBoy" I am in the US Trials and one of the first in California to recieve 2 Lumbar Prodiscs, nomorepain-nomoremeds
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:05 PM
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Hi Phylly hope you revision surgery helps you

I have no regrets about surgery I am not pain free.
I take 2 Tramadol, 300mg Pregablin Co odymol x 6, and Voltarol x 3 a day.

I sometimes have bad pain but generally is getting better. Its is not as bad as it was, meaning I can go back to work which is brilliant news, but I am unconfident and struggling at times, hoping I can make it as it is a high pressured job (and I am the breadwinner!!) marion

Marion.

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