I am new, as we all are, to the ADR and finding information about it. I had a double level fusion at L4-5 and L5-S1. Recently, I was told I needed an ADR at L3. I don't know about your area and who performs it but I am posting because I just wanted to chime in about fusions. I am wishing like crazy that my problems hadn't happened until now so that I could have had ADR instead of the fusion. After all, I've been told the reason L3 is now bad is because of the pressure that my fusion put on it.
Other then now, the pain that you have did you have good luck with the fusion? What was the cause for the fusion? What did you try before? If you don't mind me asking, how old are you? Sorry for all the ?'s, I am just looking for as much info as I can!
[QUOTE=mlachowicz]Other then now, the pain that you have did you have good luck with the fusion? What was the cause for the fusion? What did you try before? If you don't mind me asking, how old are you? Sorry for all the ?'s, I am just looking for as much info as I can!
Ask away! I did not have good results right away after either surgery. After the first surgery, I saw my ortho for 6 months still complaining of awful pain. He gave up and said he was going to send me to a PM. Fortunately, after the second, I had a surgeon who had heard my post-op complaints and suggested that hardware removal might just be the ticket. As it turned out, he was right. Unfortunately, my honeymoon only lasted for about 7 months before the new issue began creating all this pain.
My problems started in 2001 when I had a very bad fall. I was working in the attic trying to take measurements so that we could install flooring. At the time there were only beams every 16 or so inches apart. When walking back across I thought I had good footing but found out quickly I didn't. I fell through the ceiling and onto the concrete garage floor right onto my low back. I started off with a chiropractor, then a non-surgical back specialist, then an Orthopedic surgeon. Before surgery I had done numerous epidurals and 3 rounds of PT.
I am 33 now. If you ask me, much too young to be going through this, though I have seen younger dealing with it as well. Feel free to ask me anything. If I have anything that will help, I'll be glad to speak up. Good luck to you! I know all too well what you're dealing with.
I saw an ad in the NY Daily News. There is an International Spine Patient Symposium (search web for that) with many of the most experienced ADR surgeons in the world. The conference is in NY this Sunday. The inventor of the Charite' ADR will be there.
I saw the same ad. The guy in NY at Beth Israel is Dr. Fabien Bitan. He was in the clinical trials for Charite and had experience with ADR in France before he came to the US. He is also in the clinical trial for Dynesys. You can find him by looking for "fabien bitan charite dynesys".