Re: Had Surgery Last Week
Glad you are recovering well, Mandy.
I have had 12 plus years of back problems. Please have your Dr. keep an eye on your disc height as you age. I also had a discectomy in 1996. The problem of disc height loss is significant. Think of a brick building, if you take a brick out it causes the rest to slowly fail. This happened to me. I started with one herniation then slowly lost height in the disc which caused two more to fail in my lumbar region, and one in my neck.
In July of this year, I entered the Prodisc ADR cervical clinical trails and received a fusion at C5-6. It worked for me, but I know that I will probably need a Prodisc at C4-5 in the next ten years.
In October, I flew to Vienna, Austria and had three level Prodisc replacement at L3-4, L4-5, and L5-S1. I was bone on bone, at all three levels. My pain was gone in recovery, including leg pain. I am 12 weeks post-op and feel great, full range of motion. I went back to the gym at 4 1/2 weeks post- op.
In Europe, for the last sixteen years, if you had a herniated disc they replace it with an ADR, and you go on with your life. I recommend the Prodisc in the future it you have problems again. It has a 93.7% sucess rate.
There are people, and Dr.s who do not like ADRs. There are also those who dislike any kind of change.
Best of luck.