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Do you know anything about Lumbar Disc Replacement

  1. 0 I am looking for any information I can get about lumbar disc replacement. I am considering having this procedure done but I would like to know more about it before do anything.
    Any information, anecdotes would be appreciated.

    Thank you

    Tassie Nurse:confused
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    About Tassie Nurse

    From 'Australia'; Joined Sep '02; Posts: 17.

    11 Comments so far...

  3. Visit  LasVegasRN profile page
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    You mean, where they actually replace the disc? I've seen during fusions where they use cages but not replace the disc...?
  4. Visit  deespoohbear profile page
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    Interesting that you would bring this up. My husband visited a physiastrist (sp?) yesterday. This doctor told him that the FDA is currently studying this and it should be approved in about 2 years. Here is a link for you that also has some info:

    http://www.spineuniverse.com/.

    Also I did a Google search yesterday by typing in "degenerative disk disease and disk replacement." Got a ton of hits.

    This doctor yesterday seemed very hopeful that this procedure would be available in the US in a couple of years. He said my husband would be a great candidate for this surgery. The information looked very encouraging. So far my husband doesn't have any nerve involvement with his disk disease, so he can hold off on any kind of surgery for now.

    Hope this helps. If you want, you can PM me about this.
  5. Visit  betts profile page
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  6. Visit  Tassie Nurse profile page
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    Thanks for your replies, yes LasVegasRN they do replace the disc with a titanium one. I have found about six surgeons in Australia who do this op but I thought it was more common in the USA and I was hoping someone may have had first hand experience. I have looked at most of the sites, it is hard to make a decision though. I am scared that I might end up worse than I already am.

    thanks again

    Tassie Nurse
  7. Visit  niteshiftnurse profile page
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    In 1983, I had an anterior total disc replacement L5S1. They put cow bone in. My back is not perfect, but I can walk 10 feet without being on the floor. If I had it to do over again.....I would
  8. Visit  P_RN profile page
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    Tassie Nurse have you spoken wiht any of the Artificial Disk surgeons? In comparison with fusion which sounds like what AngieBruno had......right now the generally done option AD is rare. There are 2 types of AD the Charite III and the Acroflex that I have know about. There have been past efforts including replacng only the nucleus and leaving the annulus.

    AngieBruno being able to walk 10 feet while better than not walking at all, doesn't sound like very good success. What is your level of pain and disability. I have had so many tests and treatments for my L3-4 and L5-S1 that I still am not ready to consider surgery/replacement. I already have arachnoiditis .

    TassieNurse please read up and talk with a surgeon. I understand that Cananda has approved the surgery and the US is considering it. I haven't heard about Australia at all.

    On the MGH Spinal Disorders 3 site there is a person who had the Charite III. His nickname there is mmglobal and he is willing to read e-mail questions. You might want to see about this

    http://neuro-mancer.mgh.harvard.edu/...ML/008602.html
  9. Visit  Tookie profile page
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    Tasie nurse - really know nothing about you problem - but would like to say hi amd good to see you contibuting - so welcome hope you find you solution
    tookie
  10. Visit  Tassie Nurse profile page
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    Thanks so much to everyone for taking the time to read and reply to my post.

    I have researched the subject as much as I possibly can and am now booked for surgery on the 10th of February 2003.

    The artificial discs that they are using is Link SB Charite. It looks very promising and I am hoping to be able to return to work within 4 months of the operation.

    There is an animation of the operation at
    www.linkspinegroup.com

    Once again thanks everyone, I appreciate it.

    Julie
  11. Visit  Cindee profile page
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    Heres a fantastic web site (message board). I am a patient, due to recieve a 2 level Prodisc Implant. I am Cindee on that site too if you have any questions!! Good luck...


    http://www.backpainsupportgroup.com
    Go to the "message boards"
    Last edit by Cindee on May 24, '04
  12. Visit  jlincoln profile page
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    I came accross you by accident, i dont know if you are still looking for someone to talk to that has had a total disc replacement, but in case you are i have actually had one. This is the third year now after surgery. I had been in terrible pain for three years before hand and came accross once again by accident a wonderful Orthopaedic Surgeon in Qld that has given me the titanium disc that you are looking for. If you wish to contact me about this, my email address is jlincoln11@hotmail.com as i may not enter on to this site again. Regards Jenny
  13. Visit  fotografe profile page
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    I know the Charite is still in clinical trials at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, but it was approved by the FDA last November. Probably not a lot of surgeons doing the surgery yet. Also at NEBH is a doctor named James Rainville. He has had tremendous success with an intensive excercise physical therapy program that helps to avoid surgery. You might want to do a google search on him to read more about it.

    Quote from jlincoln
    I came accross you by accident, i dont know if you are still looking for someone to talk to that has had a total disc replacement, but in case you are i have actually had one. This is the third year now after surgery. I had been in terrible pain for three years before hand and came accross once again by accident a wonderful Orthopaedic Surgeon in Qld that has given me the titanium disc that you are looking for. If you wish to contact me about this, my email address is jlincoln11@hotmail.com as i may not enter on to this site again. Regards Jenny


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