Anybody had failed fusion with either Aspen device & spineology bags?
Hi, I had a 3 level lumbar fusion, the surgeon used Aspen devices (clamps) & optimesh spineology bags instead of cages, the surgery fell apart before i got home but i was ignored for over a month telling me it was normal even though i could not get to the bathroom used bedpan for weeks, after a CT scan there was no doubt there was a huge problem.
I got a second opinion & had the surgery redone, i had two reherniated extruding disk & one non union everything was loose, I was told everything was to be taken out & rods screws were to go in, he mentioned those devices are not stable enough niether were the bags, just short of 12 mth later still have lots of pain i went today to see if i fused or not, two fused fine with peek cages but the 2nd surgeon left one of the spinology bags in there it has not healed at all, you can imagine my frustration especially when hes talking two more surgerys one to redo the one disk & then after fusion remove hardware, looks like ive been burnt twice i cannot keep having spine surgeries for the fun of it because they keep messing up.
All i can find on these products are they are in trials, FDA approved the aspen on one level, the only info is that sheep and cadeaver spines did ok as far as they know, the spineology bags are not approved at all they dont have a medical code even they were on my bill as peek cages now i know why, they have a black box warning that safety is not established in fusion patients also, these products are supposed to be minimal surgery too i had a six inch midline scar & two stab wounds over my hip which was more trauma than traditional surgery.
Anyways was wondering if anyone else had any problems with any of these products as in not told its new technology or them being used inappropiatley ive had a nightmare which today turned into the twilight zone, really dont think i can go through another lumbar surgery im so gutted
Last edited by Administrator; 08-18-2011 at 06:23 PM.