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Old 01-26-2019, 04:21 PM
GKTM300 GKTM300 is offline
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BERTAGNOLI is about 65000 and he is your best chace at a full uncomllicated recovery. supprised no one adressed you questions on him hmmm. harrison is a keep it in usa man n he is ok guy. but I am beginning to think he is thrifty.

Prof Bertagnoli is your best chamce at a painfree life n full recovery he has the mist experience this isnt wven a question if you have 60000 go to him n live a oainfee life
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12/22/04 blew L4-5 and L5-S1 out lifting wrong
4/1/05 back to work thanks to Oxy
11/11/13 hurt back lifting again
6/6/15 last of many MRI L4-5 medium paracentral bulge with juice leaking and mid to left bulge on L5-S1
No invasive procedures except steroid shots that did nothing n hurt wicked bad
9/24/2016 Adr surgery Bertagnoli>1 year doing great
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Old 01-28-2019, 09:13 PM
leipan71 leipan71 is offline
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Thank you for replying to me. I am currently doing a metal sensitivity test to see whether I am allergic to the metals in Prodisc. If I am , then I cannot go to Dr. Bertagnoli any more. I don't know whether my bone scan result is a trouble. Did you check your bone density before you went to him? thank you!
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started to have back pain at age of 18
DDD at L5-S1 at age of 23 in 1993
bulding discs and disc tear at L4-L5 and L5-S1 in 2017
DiscSeel procedure at L3-S1 in Feb 2018 (no help)
considering ADR at L4-L5 and L5-S1
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Old 02-06-2019, 07:34 PM
leipan71 leipan71 is offline
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Finally I got my metal sensitivity test today. I am reactive to Nickel and Cobalt, and mildly reactive to chromium. Basically, this rules out prodisc and activ-L. I don't think I can get the surgery in the US in this case.

I am also mildly reactive to titanium alloy particles. I don't know whether this also rules out any titanium discs. My number is 3.3. (See the report) 4 is the max number for being mildly reactive. 4 and up is being reactive.

I am going to consult doctors to see whether I can still get a titanium alloy disc such as ESP. Any input is welcomed.
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started to have back pain at age of 18
DDD at L5-S1 at age of 23 in 1993
bulding discs and disc tear at L4-L5 and L5-S1 in 2017
DiscSeel procedure at L3-S1 in Feb 2018 (no help)
considering ADR at L4-L5 and L5-S1
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Old 02-07-2019, 02:28 PM
annapurna annapurna is offline
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Ask carefully what all of the components of any ADR are. Some of the non-titanium ADRs still had a titanium compound added to the bonding surface to improve integration to the bone.
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Laura - L5S1 Charitee
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Knee, Shoulder, Toe, Finger, Elbow Problems

Jim - no spine problem but lots of other fun medical challenges

"There are many Annapurnas in the lives of men" Maurice Herzog
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Old 02-07-2019, 05:07 PM
leipan71 leipan71 is offline
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At this moment, I am only considering LP-ESP now due to the sensitivity issue. LP-ESP is made of titanium alloy (Ti, Al, VA) and coated with a thin pure titanium T40 coating, and sprayed with Hydroxyapatite. I think I might do another titanium allergy test with MELISA if it is possible. All the discs in US are ruled out, unfortuntately.
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started to have back pain at age of 18
DDD at L5-S1 at age of 23 in 1993
bulding discs and disc tear at L4-L5 and L5-S1 in 2017
DiscSeel procedure at L3-S1 in Feb 2018 (no help)
considering ADR at L4-L5 and L5-S1
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Old 02-10-2019, 03:11 PM
leipan71 leipan71 is offline
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I am trying to choose a surgeon who uses vertebroplasty and ESP disc. I have contacted 4 of them and I am waiting for them to respond to me. They are Dr. Rischke, Dr. Schmitz, Dr. Desai and Dr. Clavel. Dr Rischke is very fast at responding and very personal. I am still waiting for the rest of them to write back to me and give me an estimate.

Dr Rischke has really impressed me with how effective it is to communicate with. He wrote me back personally and was super quick. He is going to have a clinic in Hamburg to have surgery with international patients. So hopefully it can bring down the cost. His patients seem to be very happy with his care, even after they come back to US.
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started to have back pain at age of 18
DDD at L5-S1 at age of 23 in 1993
bulding discs and disc tear at L4-L5 and L5-S1 in 2017
DiscSeel procedure at L3-S1 in Feb 2018 (no help)
considering ADR at L4-L5 and L5-S1
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