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manth

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Artificial Disc replacement L5/S1
« on: September 30, 2007, 07:02:27 AM »
Giddayy.

I am new here and would like to tell you a bit about myself. I am Australian that has over a period of 6 years had two failed disectomies at the L5/S1 level. I moved to the States 18 months ago for my husbands work, originally from Sydney. I am a 37 years old mother of two teenage boys and was once an avid sports guru. Playinf A grade softball, wake boarder, motor cross racer and basically any sport that I could do. All that changed after the first disectomy. Anyway I am now in a position where the disc has herniated for the third time. A spinal fusion doesn not exist in my vocablary and I have opted for total Disc Replacement using the Pro Disc. I have researched this extensivley over a period of 5 years and even asked my neurosurgeon in Australia to do this for me in 2005. He wouldnt do it as the technlogy is too new. I have found a very reputable surgeon in San Francisco who has agreed to preform this operation for me within the next two weeks. I am sharing information in the hope that maybe I can keep you informed of my progress. Obviously no amount of talking me out of this operation will work as I have made up my mind.  Anyway I hope that I get positive support from here and again, only wish to share with you all my progress.
Regards Amantha

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Re: Artificial Disc replacement L5/S1
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2007, 03:39:06 PM »
Thants fine Amantha what you do with your body is totally your choice as it is only you who has to live there. My job is to make sure you are better informed so your decisions are smarter and based on sound knowledge.

I will tell you why your diskectomy's have failed if that helps. These problems are caused by muscle imbalances that cause your pelvis to tilt or twist. The pressure this causes ends up around the lower back and vertebrae and the discs become bulged, herniated or at worse ruptured. The surgery fuses the discs but does nothing about the imbalances and therefore the cause so the pressure moves up a level. What I believe someone in your position needs to do is deal with the imbalances as well as get the surgery and stop te pressure building up and the problem coming back.

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Re: Artificial Disc replacement L5/S1
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2007, 03:53:22 PM »
Steve I do believe my decision is a correct one given the fact that the disc is dehydrated and breaks when I sneeze.  I am now at that point where coughing will break it. My doc in Sydney told me to go and enjoy life while I can as I will break this disc in my sleep. What would you do with a statement like that?? I am so young still and have so much yet to do so I have researched this decision for around 6 years and disc fusion does not sound pretty. Disc repalcement however shows a better success rate than disc fusion.  I would like to stay in touch but feel you are not in agreeance with my decision. Please respond with your thoughts.

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Re: Artificial Disc replacement L5/S1
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2007, 04:16:09 PM »
Hi Amantha,
You are reading into my post what I haven't written. I am not saying you should not go ahead, I know very little about your situation. I am just saying you also need to deal with the imbalances and pevic problem or you won't be dealing with the cause. I have a lot to say on the subject of back pain and the body and that is why I wrote my books. You will get the full story from them and everything I believe you need to consider to complete the picture because surgery is just one minor part and if you rely on that alone the problems will likely continue.

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Steve

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Re: Artificial Disc replacement L5/S1
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2007, 05:14:09 PM »
Steve, after being told by two neurosurgeons that this is nothing less than degenerative disc disease, I feel I have little choice but to think disc replacement. An inbalance to my spine I do beleive is not the issue. The disc is black in all MRI scans and my posture is perfect. Only when the disc has ruptured do I retreat to a walking stick. Having collapsed twice, standing in an upright position, has given me a fear of DROP LEG. Meaning that the leg is also deteroirating as the vertabrae is now shrinking because the disc is no longer supporting me.
I do beleive that I have done more than I could possibly do in order to avoid any surgery that I may have had in the past. Today I am told disc fusion or disc replacement is my only option.  Again I happy to stay in touch with this forum if you would like and share with you my experience as I go into the unknown and live in hope that I may a lead a somewhat normal life after being in pain for 6 years.
Amantha

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Re: Artificial Disc replacement L5/S1
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2007, 01:37:26 PM »
Hi Amantha,
It sounds like your opportunity to avoid surgery has probably passed but I'd guess that the imbalance in the muscles around your spine will be a secondary issue to deal with.

Good luck,
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Steve

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Re: Artificial Disc replacement L5/S1
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2008, 08:45:38 PM »
Amantha,

If you are still out there, I would love to hear how the opperation went.  I have one bulging disc and another two that are one the way out.  Neurosurgeon told me that he couldn't do anything because there is no doctor anywhere that would replace three discs.  My discs look very black on the MRI too.  Your story has made me so worried about my condition getting worse as I have three children under 2 and a half and I'm 34.  I guess i just have to keep postive and get my body strong enough to deal with what may/may not happen in the future.

Dana

 

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