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Old 05-07-2008, 08:53 PM
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DDD L5/S1 healthy spine for 44 YO otherwise. I am scheduled 5/22/08 Dr. John Regan for this proceedure not a candadate for ADR. But I can't find much information about STALIF anywhere.

Currently fighting BC/BS CA who denied surgery, refused to look at the medical records Regan's office sent. Currently in appeal with surgery date so close may have to reschedule. Ironic to read all the ADR patients being denied disk replacement but insurance will pay to fuse. Maybe we should have asked for ADR to get the fusion approved.LOL

Anyone out there with info about STALIF w/BMP??

DDD L5/S1 Bone on Bone
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have done every conservative treatment under the sun for going on five years. Don't want fusion have done everything to avoid and have been told by every dr I've seen that I have no choice, now stuck fighting insurance for surgery that I'm afraid of and don't want if there were any other option.
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Old 05-08-2008, 05:16 AM
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I believe STALIF is a cage type fusion with an anterior approach. See Attached Links:

http://www.paradigmbiodevices.com/stalift.html

If you are so healthy other than the one area of your spine, why are they claiming you are not a candidate for ADR?

I would be getting a couple of more opinions.

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It's a Stand Alone Anterior Interbody Fusion not sure if you would call it a cage? It is all confined to the disk space and has three screws and they use BMP to fuse. My Dr. is Regan who I believe is currently doing trials for prodisk 1) he believes that restoring motion to my spine at that level would cause problems as my disk is so far gone and have bone on bone damage 2) I currently have no motion not fusing offers the same risk of trouble at the adjacent level. He believes I am perfect for STALIF.

The only info I can find is manufacturers web site and some on UK sites. Regan has been doing it for a number of years but it's only been FDA approved in US for 4-5 years. Looking for info and someone who has had this proceedure and how it worked for them. Other two drs suggested Posterior open back with cage and rods and anterior with cage and plates not interested in all that hardware in my back. Fusion sucks should be last resort I want my life back.
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Poor choice of words on my part with the cage. You asked for info, I provided a site. It sounds like you know everything you need to know. Good luck.

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Sorry your insurance company (same as mine) declined this. Dr. R. is my doc too. I hate to bring this up but have you seen Laurie Todd's "The Insurance Warrior"? Good luck, ans
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I have STALIF at L5-S1 using my own bone with 2 screws and it works fine. Other then the donor bone site there were no more healing problems then with the ADR above it. I can hardly tell that there is a difference in my motion range. I will soon have them test my range of motion they did before and now after.
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Interesting. I too have Dr. Regan and was told to expect for a fusion/ADR hybrid, that my BC of CA will also refuse the fusion. Good news here.

Feel better people. - ans
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I had STALIF with BMP performed on L5/S1 in March, 2007.

From my research, it appeared to be the right fusion option for my DDD condition. One of the benefits of the STALIF is that it has the same density as bone, which is supposed to better absorb shock than titanium solutions.

The ALIF procedure had no complications, the actual procedure was about an hour, and I was hospitalized for about 1.5 days.

The healing was slow; however, my greatest regret is that I procrastinated 6 months before having the procedure. In retrospect, I should have had the procedure once surgery became emminent.

Just note that recovery is slow, and the first two weeks were rough. I was on sick leave for 5 or 6 weeks.

Let me know if I can be of further assistance.


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Bilateral Transforaminal Injections 3/09
Facet Joint Injections (L3-S1) 4/09
RF Ablation (Medial Branch) 5/09
CT Scan, MRI w/ contrast (no new info) 5/09
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