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Forum: New Member Introductions 09-17-2019, 03:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 450
Posted By funcrew
John, I'm in Cologne Germany, recovering...

John,

I'm in Cologne Germany, recovering from 3 level CP-ESP ADR with Dr. Biren Desai. For a quick intro to the topic, would suggest looking up my posts here, then making a list of questions and...
Forum: New Member Introductions 09-17-2019, 03:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 389
Posted By funcrew
Best of luck John. It would be very valuable to...

Best of luck John. It would be very valuable to the membership of this forum if you post up your experiences in general, and some continuing updates post-surgery. And before the forum owner reminds...
Forum: New Member Introductions 09-17-2019, 03:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,175
Posted By funcrew
I was concerned about longevity with the flexible...

I was concerned about longevity with the flexible core of the CP-ESP and LP-ESP. This 2012 study got me to commit to cervical ADR with the CP-ESP. 40 million deflection cycles in each of 3 axes on...
Forum: New Member Introductions 09-17-2019, 02:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,200
Posted By funcrew
The current generation ProDisc C has a smaller...

The current generation ProDisc C has a smaller keel that does not remove as much bone material from the vertibra. But not FDA approved if I understand it correctly. I had the flexible core CP-ESP for...
Forum: New Member Introductions 09-17-2019, 02:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,529
Posted By funcrew
I just had 3 levels of cervical ADR done with the...

I just had 3 levels of cervical ADR done with the CP-ESP. However, I'm considering the ProDisc C for my lumbar ADRs. Have you had any imaging in recent years? Any signs at all of wear and tear on the...
Forum: International Assistance 09-11-2019, 07:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,830
Posted By funcrew
My view is that if you receive fusion surgery...

My view is that if you receive fusion surgery (standard in the USA) then Failed Back Surgery Syndrome is very likely to occur in adjacent levels within 5 years. My father-in-law, a gentleman I no...
Forum: International Assistance 09-11-2019, 06:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 604
Posted By funcrew
I concur with Jack's comments. I'm going to wait...

I concur with Jack's comments. I'm going to wait a while until my post-op pain and discomfort have a chance to heal before I sing Dr. Desai's praises as a surgeon. The proof is in the results, and...
Forum: International Assistance 09-11-2019, 06:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 604
Posted By funcrew
Will answer your questions to the best of my...

Will answer your questions to the best of my knowledge. Dr. Desai has specialized in spine surgery for 15 years. He is chief of spinal care for Sana Dreifaltigkeits-Krankenhaus in Cologne. He does a...
Forum: International Assistance 09-11-2019, 05:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 604
Posted By funcrew
Jack, doing great. See my post over at Surgical...

Jack, doing great. See my post over at Surgical Outcomes. Cheers! :)
Forum: International Assistance 09-02-2019, 02:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,830
Posted By funcrew
Jack, [EDIT: Upon reading the 2012 follow up...

Jack,

[EDIT: Upon reading the 2012 follow up study on the ESP that you linked, it looks like they flexed the device 40 million times per direction under 30 to 300 pounds of force, with little to...
Forum: International Assistance 08-22-2019, 10:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 604
Posted By funcrew
Dr. Biren Desai 3 level cervical ADR Sept 4th

After almost a year of research and gathering quotes, I'm having surgery in Cologne, Germany on Sept 4th with Dr. Biren Desai. Dr. Desai will be installing the CP-ESP at C4 thru C7. Cost is E23,500...
Forum: International Assistance 08-22-2019, 10:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,537
Posted By funcrew
I've had a quite extensive correspondence with...

I've had a quite extensive correspondence with Tim Vicknair. He is a very knowledgable person on the topic of ADR, and is well worth talking to. Perhaps the flip side is that he reminds me very much...
Forum: The Big File 07-18-2019, 04:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 432
Posted By funcrew
2015 Texas A&M study on ADR failure modes

In researching whether I want Prodisc, ESP or other devices, I found the linked article. Not sure if it has been posted here before; a search did not drag it up for me. My takeaway is that the...
Forum: New Member Introductions 07-15-2019, 04:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 857
Posted By funcrew
Agree completely as far as going to a top guy....

Agree completely as far as going to a top guy. Where I live in a glittery tourist mecca in the desert southwest, I would not have some clown here extract a tooth.
Forum: The Big File 07-14-2019, 11:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 600
Posted By funcrew
I believe Annapurna means a low-cost shortcut to...

I believe Annapurna means a low-cost shortcut to satisfy the lab's ridiculous policy that they can't just DEXA me for cash and hand me the report. Extending the theme, medical lobbyists in the USA...
Forum: The Big File 07-13-2019, 08:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 600
Posted By funcrew
I'm on cash pay, so it's $150 to see my pain doc...

I'm on cash pay, so it's $150 to see my pain doc for a meds refill, imaging, or anything else. I guess I'll drop $60 on an online referral.
Forum: New Member Introductions 07-13-2019, 12:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 857
Posted By funcrew
Harrison, thanks for asking. From Dr. Desai: ...

Harrison, thanks for asking. From Dr. Desai:

Dear Mr. Gibson!



Thank you for sending me your recent MRT scan lumbar and cervical.

In your recent cervical MRI I see the dehydration and...
Forum: International Assistance 07-13-2019, 12:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,830
Posted By funcrew
Responding to a PM where the member's inbox is...

Responding to a PM where the member's inbox is full:


It appears you have read several posts on this forum explaining this. Among many reasons:

1. USA uses older, inferior ADR devices.
2. USA...
Forum: The Big File 07-12-2019, 06:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 600
Posted By funcrew
How to obtain exam request for DEXA?

Dr. Desai in Germany wants me to get a DEXA exam. I called our local cash-pay imaging lab, and they need a doctor exam request from a doctor with a USA registration number. I don't have a primary...
Forum: International Assistance 07-09-2019, 03:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,830
Posted By funcrew
I sent my information via snail mail to Dr Desai...

I sent my information via snail mail to Dr Desai today. Appreciate all your information.
Forum: International Assistance 07-07-2019, 08:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,830
Posted By funcrew
Well dang it, I was almost ready to pull the...

Well dang it, I was almost ready to pull the trigger, now I need to do more homework. I like the LP-ESP lack of deep keels. As an engineer, I don't like stress concentrations that create a...
Forum: International Assistance 07-06-2019, 01:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,830
Posted By funcrew
Thanks for your detailed reply.

Thanks for your detailed reply.
Forum: International Assistance 07-06-2019, 01:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,830
Posted By funcrew
Thanks for your response. Why do you consider the...

Thanks for your response. Why do you consider the LP-ESP superior to the ProDisc?
Forum: International Assistance 07-02-2019, 04:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 916
Posted By funcrew
Germany 2 levels cervical $35K US 3 levels...

Germany 2 levels cervical $35K US 3 levels lumbar $65K US
Forum: International Assistance 07-02-2019, 02:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,830
Posted By funcrew
Pre-Dr. Bertagnoli, any other considerations?

I have been evaluated by Dr Bertagnoli. He recommends ADR for L5S1, with a discogram to go/nogo L45 and L34. Also ADR for C56 and C67. Cost for all 5 levels is $110K USD.

My concerns are as...
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