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Old 01-20-2005, 10:11 AM   #1
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New Back Surgery

Have any of you heard about this new kind of surgery for the back yet? The new artificial disc is recommended for 18 to 60-year-olds with an injury. Doctors say patients recuperate faster and don't lose any range of motion or function. Dr. Jorge Isaza has been studying and implanting this artificial disc since 1997 in clinical trials. It's been on the world market for nearly two decades but now is FDA approved.
A disc that will take the place of surgical fusion where a piece of hip bone is removed then put in the place of the damaged disc, and the two vertebral bones around it are fused together.
The doctors get to the damaged disc through the abdomen, constantly checking with x-rays to make sure they are removing the injured disc. The entire time the spinal cord and nerves are monitored to make sure there is no damaging pressure or irritation to them. The space left by the removed disc is measured several times so that the exact correct size of the charite' artificial disc is chosen.

Just thought I would share incase anybody is intrested.

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Old 01-20-2005, 02:08 PM   #2
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Re: New Back Surgery

thanks-there are quite a few of us on here having the ADR done, others waiting in the wing for two levels to be approved. My dr is not too sure about it yet and still prefers to go the "tried and true" method of the old fusion. He thinks it is too soon to know all the risks and long term affects. That is just him though-

 
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Old 01-20-2005, 02:41 PM   #3
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Re: New Back Surgery

Hi ,
I have to agree with Mel on this one. I knew it was out there, but I was also told it is still WAY to new for my Surgeon to want to get involved in just yet.
I asked him about wanting that instead of the fusion, He said a couple years down the road if this is proven to be a good thing, a fusion can be changed to the Disk Replacement.
Think I'll go with the fusion that I know will work.
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Old 01-20-2005, 03:50 PM   #4
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Re: New Back Surgery

I'm pretty sure the artificial disc is only approved for L5 S1 .

 
Old 01-20-2005, 04:35 PM   #5
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Re: New Back Surgery

My problem is the S1 & L5, but he said there still is not enough evidence to prove it is better and no history to rely on just yet.
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Old 02-14-2005, 10:33 AM   #6
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Re: New Back Surgery

The Charite' disc by Dupuy Johnson & Johnson is the only FDA approved ADR device for the lower spine as of 2/14/05. It's been approved for single-level fusions L4 and below, which in most cases means L4-L5, or L5-S1. Good luck with you insurance companies. Be persistent.

 
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