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    Old 02-13-2006, 04:30 PM   #1
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    Hello,

    I'm posting today for two reasons: First, for those considering artificial disc replacement, I'll tell you what I've learned (it took me months of sifting through medical journals to locate this, so trust me when I say you won't find this much info. condensed into one document elsewhere!). Second, I want to know if in spite of some big red flags it might still be worth the surgery (if you were doing it). The reason why this last question is important is because I'm scheduled to receive the Charité artificial disc THIS THURSDAY, and I need the opinion of people who are IN PAIN to know if they would take this approach to TREAT pain, even in view of the risks. Finally, if anyone who has already had the Charite disc replacement reads this, may I ask if you would do it all over again?

    Thanks!


    CONCERNS

    • My surgeon says I will get 30 years out of the disc replacement and 90 percent pain reduction. All other sources I've read indicate that the same materials when placed in hip and knee replacements have an average life of 10-15 years. Every doctor I've talked to or contacted by email, including an engineer who was quoted in the New York Times on this topic, doubts that it will last more than 10 years on average. Even other doctor's who perform this particular operation are not so optimistic about its ability to last more than 15 years. Meanwhile, the clinical trial that resulted in FDA approval reports a post-implant satisfaction rate of roughly 75 percent, BUT the caveat is that a successful outcome has been defined as little as 25 percent improvement in the patient's pain scores.

    • Unlike hip or knee replacement, doctors agree that the Charite disc is NOT easily re-accessible without putting the patient at risk for massive blood loss during what the medical literature calls a "salvage" operation. (This because disc replacement surgery is done through the abdomen, which frequently, in turn, produces scar tissue that entangles nerves, ureters and the Aerortic artery, which the surgeon must nevertheless attempt to "part" in order to reach the spine.) In Europe it has been possible in some cases to replace a damaged or worn out artificial disc with a new disc but only if there is little scar tissue from the original operation. More often than not, though, if a revision operation is necessary fusion involving front AND back incisions is the only solution for an artificial disc gone bad (the orthopedic equivalent of open-heart surgery). Moreover, because of the life-threatening nature of re-operation for ANY reason, the artificial disc oftentimes CANNOT be removed even if it breaks or wears out, so doctors have no choice but to implant fusion hardware around it.

    • Up until recently, I figured that because this disc prosthesis had been used in Europe since the mid 1980s, it must be safe with plenty of study to back it up prior to migrating the Atlantic to the U.S. Now, though, I have learned that one reason the major insurance companies are not covering disc replacement surgery is because there are too little data to support it as anything other than "experimental". Additionally, an engineer I contacted who has evaluated Charite discs that have failed in patients in Europe pointed me toward one of the few long-term studies that does exist out of Europe — a 17-year retrospective involving X-rays and MRI examinations of patients who had the Charite for an average of 17 years — and the results were less than ideal. The group that had great X-ray images and MRIs, which would seem to indicate that the prosthesis was functioning as designed, were largely UNHAPPY with the outcome. Out of the group that reported less pain and disability, the researchers found that there was evidence of spontaneous fusion (bony overgrowth). The implication was that the motion that everyone touts in artificial disc replacement is temporary, and that the body in response to the presence of an artificial disc tends to ossify (this was true in 60 percent of the patients followed up and has also been noted by researchers investigating competing disc prosthesis, such as Medtronic’s Maverick). The concern here, which anyone who has an arthritic spine condition such as ankylosing spondylodesis can vouch for, is that the process of ossification can be painful in and of itself when in proximity to so many spinal nerve endings. To make matters worse, what artificial disc replacement claims to preserve insofar as reduced wear-and-tear to adjacent discs it seems to make up for by increasing loads on the facet joints, which when they become degenerative (arthritic) also produce back pain and inflammation. So just as fusion is criticized for placing too much load on adjacent discs, so too it would seem artificial discs may be increasingly criticized for increasing adjacent facet joint degeneration.

    • In the U.S., testing on the Charité disc shows promising short-term (2-year) results, but only when patients are in the hands of a small minority of top-notch spinal surgeons who have mastered the technique. (There is a steep learning curve involved with selecting and implanting the right size of disc, in the right position and to avoid abnormally loading the adjacent facet joints, etc.) Most people to receive this disc remain improved at 2-5 years, but the European studies seem to show that time is the enemy in disc replacement. Another thing that you find out when you read the research is that here in the U.S. doctors don't believe that the plastic in the artificial disc can cause inflammation of the spinal tissues in its own right. They also claim that the literature out of Europe shows that these plastic/metal discs are NOT subject to breakage. But this assumption is not correct according to Dr. André van Ooij, practicing in the Netherlands. He has treated patients who, in as little as 5 years post-disc replacement, are in worse shape than he has seen ANY back pain sufferer in 24 years of practice. (See: [url]www.BurtonReport.com[/url].) He has documented inflammation, lesions, cysts and other cell changes in the spine associated with the plastic particulates sloughing off as the disc prosthesis ages, as well.


    QUESTION

    My doctor agreed that the European findings were "curious" and stated that ultimately the answers to the long-term effectiveness and safety of the Charite prosthesis are unknown. I am in my mid 30s and expected initially to get a lifetime out of this — or at least 30 years “as advertised” — rather than a temporary fix that I will one day have to trade in for more pain than I probably experience on average now (not to mention the prospect of a salvage operation that may be as risky as open-heart surgery). If you were faced with this information and this choice, would you go through with surgery or make the best of what you have — despite the pain — until you have nothing left to lose?

     
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    Old 02-14-2006, 08:34 AM   #2
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    D.LYNN,
    I am sorry you have to go thru this. I know this is a bummer I have been suffering for 15 years. But on to your question about the artificial disk. All I can tell you is that I asked my ortho spine specialist about the art. disk and he said that when he went to a conference about it he told them his opinion and it is this; That sooner or later you will need a fusion because it will wear out too. There are too many things that go on in the back to make this thing fool proof. And it seems you have the documentation to prove what he said is the truth. But when you are in that much pain you will do anything for relief. I do hope this helped but the final ok has to come from you. I hop you have a blessed day. TINCAN
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    DISCTECTOMY L5-S1
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    BONE SPURS
    MEGA SCAR TISSUE
    DDD UP TO THORASIC AREA
    STENOSIS
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    Old 02-15-2006, 03:58 AM   #3
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    Do you know where the FDA is regarding approval for artificial cervical discs?

     
    Old 02-15-2006, 11:13 AM   #4
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    D. Lynn,
    Do I ever need to speak with you ASAP!! I can empathize with your position. I have the Charite implants, multi-level @ L4-5 and L5-S1. I am impressed at the amount of information you have in your post and would like to learn from you where you went to get it all. I had my surgery on 4/1/05. Prior to the surgery I didn't have access to the internet to do my own research and had to rely on a good friend of mine to get information for me. She was only able to get information from certain places as she did all this at her work site.
    I cannot vouch for problems that may be encountered post-op with single level implants. I can tell you that I was cleared to return to work on 6/13/05 and did not do well even on light duty. Before Christmas I began having pain in my low back again, worse than it was prior to the surgery. I worked the 15th and 16th and then we were off for 2 weeks for Christmas. I thought I had just strained a muscle or something and would use the time off to take it easy and recover. During the time of the syptoms got worse. I started having the tingling/numbness in my legs all the way to my toes. And I could tell that something just wasn't right. I returned to work on 1/3/06 and went home within the hour on the "go home list", an opportunity given because my section was overstaffed. I went back to work the following day and the pain grew so intense that I called my primary care phys. during a break to get worked in. I worked the remaining 45mins and in that time the pain reached an excruciating level!! I was barely able to drive myself to the Dr's ofc. He prescribed for me some pain meds and I had the previous day set up an appt. with the surgeon who did the procedure for that upcoming Friday. I have since had a Myelogram and CAT scan, had a couple of more visits with the surgeon with the last one on 2/3/06 where the surgeon told me that the Myelogram and CAT scan showed no impingement on the nerves and it was a "mistery" to him as to the cause of my pain. The only thing he could figure was that the facet joints were the cause. (I had facet joint tears prior to the surgery that were never addressed.) I was referred to a pain mgmt specialist who said that he thought it was the discs causing the pain based on the symptoms given. I was given a Caudal injection on 2/10/06 and have not gotten any relief from it. The most I got was a sore tailbone.
    I have been on the internet for the past few days and nights trying to find some answers somewhere. In the recent xrays and films from the Myelogram and CAT scan as well as some images the pain mgmt Dr took while I was under the fluoroscope shows clearly that the discs are not aligned properly. More prominently at L5-S1. I have been advised from a local law grp that there is a nationwide class action suit being sought against Johnson and Johnson, the parent co. of Depuy who manufactures the discs, for specific information that was withheld from surgeons here in the US concerning the Charite implants. Johnson and Johnson purportedly "rushed" the FDA approval in some manner (you know how Capital Hill works) and some of the discs released for use did not have a polymer coating required to prevent slippage. Johnson and Johnson did not disclose to the surgeons that there was less than 1mm margin of error in placeing the endplates on the vertebrae. It was stated that "it would be extremely difficult for the best surgeon on his/her best day to place the discs properly". Those are the top two reasons for the suit. I was not informed as to the particulars of the rest, though I would have no trouble gaining that information.
    At any rate, here I am after having close to six months back on my job, having very little problems am now back off from work with no definitive answer as to what is causing my pain. I am no Dr. or Radiologist but I can see perfectly. I have looked at the CAT scan films and in fact did see what appeared to be boney overgrowth on the anterior side of the L5-S1 disc, and the start of the same on the L4-5 disc. I am searching for answers and getting nowhere and I am so glad that I read your post. I have had to become an extremely educated patient and am not happy about it at all. I have to remind you that my experience is mine and is from dual level ADR (Artificial Disc Replacement) with the Charite implants and cannot vouch for or verify the results of those who have had only single level implants.
    I can't tell you how valuable your information is to me and would certainly like to discuss with you the source(s) of your information so that I may present it to the appropriate people and be able to substantiate that information beyond mere "hear-say".
    Thanks again and I look forward to hearing from you or reading any reply here.

    PS. I did get a reply from a spokesperson at [url]www.getadr.com[/url] for the Stenum Hospital in Germany as to their having to perform posterior flexible stabilization ([url]http://www.getadr.com/dynesys.htm[/url]) on patients who had post op problems from the dual level implantation.

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    Old 02-16-2006, 02:09 PM   #5
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    D.Lynn and Chucktone:
    I want to thank you both for all the information you've given! I have 3 level DDD, so I am not a candidate for ADR. I was hopeful that in years to come that the science of this would be perfected and advanced that 3 levels would be possible. I now realize that this is not something I would consider. I realize everyone is different and I'm sure there are positive outcomes from this surgery, but I live in a great deal of pain on a daily basis, I'm not taking the chance of increasing it. I had a two level IDET a few years ago - 60% chance of a positive outcome. I was not in that bracket - I was in the 40% that it made worse. Once around the block of making me worse is all I'm up for.

    Again, thank you for the huge amount of information and the amount of time you've both spent putting this all together. Good luck to both of you! I hope you each find some relief to your pain SOON!

     
    Old 02-16-2006, 07:23 PM   #6
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    @ charliecat,
    I was and am glad for any info I can provide for anyone here. D.Lynn is the one who really provided the tech info. My life just in the past couple of weeks has made me feel like, well, have you ever seen squirrels chasing each other around a tree? I feel like one of them, just not sure which one. I feel for you given the position you are in. I chose the implants because the alternative, fusion, would have put me in the position of having to give up my job. Unfortunately, it seems to be where I am headed now as in the past two days it has been discovered that I have the spontaneous fusion covering the L5-S1 and in progress on the L4-5 disc that D.Lynn spoke of in her post. The pain gets worse each day. The emotional stress is getting to me too, thank God I have a Therapist that I see. So I can imagine how you feel. I hope upon hoping and wish for you too that something, refinement of the implant procedures, techniques... something will come along that will be a shining light for you. Until then hang in there and these good people who put their time in here, sharing and caring are here for you too. Many best wishes for you!!

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    Old 02-20-2006, 11:20 AM   #7
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    D.Lynn

    This is my advise, and please understand it is only mine.

    If you are scheduled for surgery for this Thursday, I have some advise. I discovered similar info. two years ago about the Charite. After extensive research I was impressed with the ProDisc. It's construction and design is the best of the ADRs.

    On October 15, 2004, I had L3-4, L4-5, and L5-S1 replace in Vienna, Austria with the Prodisc. In recovery, I knew I had complete pain relief, other than the incision site. In week four, post op, I returned to the gym for light weight lifting, and cardio. Recovery was quick, and eighteen months later I am still pain free. I am in the best shape of my life, and can touch the floor bending over. I am forty years old.

    Two points of interest. The ProDisc has a replacable bushing in the center that could technically be replaced, and the ProDisc is scheduled for one/two level FDA approval next month (March 2006). I know this because I will be seeking reimbusement for the $42,000 I paid out of pocket for the surgery (Blue Cross/Blue Shield).

    If you have reservations, which is understandable, and you can live with the pain for another month or two, it might be an option. Research the ProDisc, I can not say enough good things about it. I have my life back after twelve years, and it's better than ever.

    I wish you, and everyone here relief.

    Best wishes

    P.S. I have other postings that address different questions about ADRs.

     
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    Old 02-20-2006, 04:34 PM   #8
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    Newbackguy,
    I envy you sir. I wish I could have waited til Pro Disc got FDA approval, the pain was just too intense and Disability Benefits were running out at my work so I opted for the Charite. Hindsight is painfully 20/20.
    Anyway, I've written enough about my ADR adventure . Just wanted to make sure you saw this...[removed]. I am happy for you to read about your recovery. I just wondered if there was the same risk for problems like spontaneous fusion as with the Charite.
    Best to you for continued success in your recovery and experience with the ProDisc.

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    Old 02-22-2006, 06:45 PM   #9
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    IUFan

    Sorry to hear about your problems. I know that my surgery could have had complications, and I could be suffering. That is the last thing I wish on any one.

    I have spent my life helping others, and ultimately it was the cause of my disability. I have questioned why this happened to me, and determined that I have others to help. So, I now try to educated as many people about back/neck problems, and the possibility of ADRs to restore their lives.

    You can use this experience in your life to help others. I hope you find comfort.

    Best wishes.

    P.S. thanks for the link

     
    Old 02-22-2006, 08:49 PM   #10
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    Not a problem Newbackguy. My only regret about my situation is that I wish I could have had access to the internet prior to my surgery. That being "water under the bridge" it is my biggest hope that I can be a source of information for those who might be considering ADR. Not in a negative way at all because I believe this type of technology is the new era in correcting spinal injuries and/or diseases. There is certainly a lot of tweaking yet to be done in this field of medicine. What I am going through is just one of the complications that at this time is difficult to get information about, at least here in the U.S. I don't know what tomorrow will hold and so I live each day as it comes and take one step at a time. I am very happy that you have done so well and it is my fervent wish that you continue to do so. I am a survivor and will conquer these hurdles too. And by being an experienced voice I hope to help others to at least be able to make an educated choice. I appreciate your sharing and caring more than words can say.
    Thank you,
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    Old 02-22-2006, 08:55 PM   #11
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    I just did some reading tonight, before coming to this board, about some problems with the Charite disc, and problems with the FDA studies prior to it's approval.


    I've had fusion from S1-L4-L5 (twice first one failed), so the AD wasn't an option for me anyway (unless it's eventually approved for levels adjacent to fusions, and/or cervical discs), but this was very disappointing to read.

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    Old 02-27-2006, 01:31 PM   #12
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    IUFan, how long did it take for the self fusion to take root? I am at 16 months with some mobility yet, and no cutting. You guy's are what I've been praying for. Thank you. LD

     
    Old 02-27-2006, 03:35 PM   #13
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    Hi,I too,was told i would be a good canadate for disc replacement[this was from an I.M.E i had with a comp. doc.] but he said my downfall was that i smoke a half pack of cig. a day,and that i've been taking opiots. for so long[2 yrs] i have 2 bad discs,my L4 and L5 . I was told also that they only can replace one disc,not both.Ive seen many doc. over the last 3 yrs, ortho. nuro. specialists. And they said to try and hold out as long as possable if i can for any type of back surgery.I've talked to many peaple from all over[on the web. and family] that had some type of back surgery,and most of them,in the long run,it was a failure! Like it was already mentioned,with back surgery,so many things can go wrong. My friends wife just recieved her nurses license,and her first job was at a facility treating paralized patients,and one of the patients was paralized,due to back surgery! He was told it was a some-what simple op. [fussion] well,they hit a nurve,or something to that exstent,and now he's paralized from it.My niece,who is now 44,had her first surgery 13 yrs ago,[back] they put a mesh-like cage around her L4 L5 and then about a yr and a half,she had another,were they took that out[cage thing] and put two titanium rods in her back.She told me if i choose to get back surgery,she would kill me! She said she regrets getting the first surgery done.Everyone i've talked to,[who had surgery] always ran into problems later down the road. There was a post back in October ,she had the same disc replacement you mentioned,and she said she was doing fine,haven't seen a post from her since,so i don't know how she's doing.I know for myself, the meds i'm taking for pain are helping me in my everyday activities in life.I know its not the answer,but when they can come up with a different solution that garantees success,or at least that i'll be able to walk after an operation,i'll go for it.I wish you the best!

     
    Old 02-28-2006, 02:45 AM   #14
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    Hi all,
    Well, Id3340, the spontaneous fusion didn't show up until the myelogram/CAT scan I had on Jan. 27th this year. I had the op on 4/1/05 and was able to return to work (light duty) in late June. On 12/14/05 I suddenly started having excruciating pain while on my job and thought it was just a strain or something so I didn't go to the doctor. We had a couple of weeks of shut-down coming for the Christmas break and I thought I would take it easy and heal during that time. It only got worse and when we returned from shut-down, Jan. 3, the pain was too much and I went to see my DO within a couple of days. He will finally get to see the films tomorrow. All he had when I saw him last on 2/3 was the radiologist's report which said there was no apparent impingement on the nerves. I am no doctor or radiologist, just a very educated patient and if I hadn't read D.Lynn's post (the start of this thread) I wouldn't have known what I was looking at on the films. But the boney overgrowth is undeniable. On one of the films of the CAT series they do a "virtual view" of the spine. It is really quite amazing what you see. It's like looking at the bones themselves so much that you can even see little holes where the veins go in to supply blood to the vertebrae. How long the fusing continues to grow I don't know at this point. Something is continuing to cause my pain to be greater and mobility to be less each day.
    Madhatter, I've had two "Caudal" injections in the past two weeks. The first at the base of my tailbone and the second at about L2. These injections are a combination of steroids and some type of anesthesia. Basically spinal blocks. The first didn't offer me any relief and the second I had this past Friday. I hurt so bad the rest of the day Friday and all day Saturday I spent the majority of both in bed. Sunday was better and I though yahoo, finally relief. When I got up yesterday I wanted to see how long I could go without oral meds. I lasted all of 20mins and that was doing no activity save for making coffee and washing a cup. If you look at the post time for this you will see I am up early (I woke with pain at about 3:40am). I tried to go back to sleep but couldn't so I'm up and had to take more meds. I am getting sick of them.
    See, I was where you are before, Madhatter, and I had to go through 6 mos. of conservative treatment (i.e. pain mgmt, phys thpy, injections et al) without significant improvement before I could be eligible for the ADR. And at that my DO told me that the Charite was only "labeled" for single level use however they were leaving it up to the doctor that if he/she thought the patient was a good enough candidate then they could do a dual level. I too smoked prior to the surgery and I only smoked about a half-pack per day on avg. I had to quit at least 6 wks prior to the surgery and of course they prefer that you refrain from it after. My surg. date was moved up a whole month but I was in such good health save for my back that I was a perfect candidate. I wish I knew then what I know now. Not that it would have stopped me from the having the surgery I just would have known a lot more about the possible problems.
    The thing about being on pain mgmt is that the more meds you take the more you need. And there are some serious repercussions if you are dropped by your pain dr. so do everything they tell you!!! Yours sounded like it was from an injury since you mentioned the I.M.E. with a comp. dr. I can tell you that it would probably not be a bad idea at all to quit smoking. I don't know that it had any bearing on the spon/fusion I am experiencing but it will make your muscles, ligaments and cartilage stronger and more supple thus making recovery easier. If you have a repetitive motion job make sure you can get a job to suit you when you return to work. The FDA guidelines for the use of the Charite disc does specifically state that it is to be used for single level replacement only. The doctors in the European theatre have done several dual level implantations but not without their problems, of which I would like to have known prior to my surg. I have to deal with what I have and you can't go back and have any other. An editor for another health site made this comment about the ADR article they had and he said that it's unfortunate that there is not a good salvage operation for disc failures and other complications arising from this type of surgery. The only realistic salvage option is fusion. The risks of going back in to retrieve the failed discs are too great in his opinion. That was some sobering news I gotta tell ya.
    There is another option, Madhatter that is of significant importance to you. Something I wish I could have held out for. I knew of the ProDisc before my surgery but my benefits wouldn't have sustained me long enough to wait for FDA approval. Anyway, if you go back to page 2 and read the post from NewBackGuy you'll find it very encouraging. The company that manufactures the ProDisc has received an approval letter from the FDA and should be available here in the U.S. by next month (March). There are risk factors with it too and most are not unlike the Charite but given my druthers, I druther have the ProDisc. Moreover because it was designed for multi-level applications. I'm not happy with where I am but if I can help to educate those thinking of having ADR, no matter what device or area, I will have served my purpose and be humbly content in that. Please remember that these are my experiences and yours may or may not be the same. I haven't spoken with anyone who has had only single level ADR so I can't vouch for or verify any problems or successes they may have had.
    My prayers are with all of you and wishing nothing but the best of outcomes in each of your cases.

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    Old 04-02-2007, 03:00 AM   #15
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    Hey all,

    I was wondering how everyone has been doing lately. I'm a 22 y/o male who's had herniated and degenerated discs at L4/L5 and L5/S1 for 5 years now. It's finally come to the point where surgery is necessary, and I'm torn between the fusion or the ADR. It seems like just about everyone had bad experiences with their ADRs; I was just hoping someone out there could have a good experience so I'm not as reluctant to go with the ADR.

     
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