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Old 10-26-2004, 10:54 AM   #1
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artificial disk question

anyone know how far away approval and having doctors trained to perform the procedure is. i hate to have a fusion when the adr might be available soon. i here there are many benefits to the adr. anyone have this done . thanks, jason

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Old 10-26-2004, 11:04 AM   #2
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Re: artificial disk question

Where are you located? Even though the ADRs are in studies, they are being done at various places. I had the Maverick disc replacement (L5-S1) done last December at the Hughston Sports Hospital in Columbus, Georgia. I am participating in an FDA study on this disc. Even though the disc has opened up the disc space, I am still having immense pain in my lower back and LOTS of pain in my left buttock, left leg and foot. The foot drives me crazy. Would I do it over again? Probably, because the disc space needed to have something done - however, I am still longing for the day when I can say that I am pain free. Good luck with whatever decision you make.

Old 10-26-2004, 02:15 PM   #3
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Re: artificial disk question

im near houston, texas. i have ddd. i had a discogram last thursday and am awaiting the result. l4-l5 / l5-s1. severe back pain and buttocks pain. sometimes i wake up and my whole leg is a sleep. i've made ajustments and have been sleeping on my side with a body pillow between my legs. helps alot. i want to wait before fusion. adr is very appealing to me. do you know of anyone in texas that is doing this procedure. thanks for the response. any info would be appreciated. jason.

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