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Old 01-15-2023, 06:50 PM
itsdevo itsdevo is offline
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Question Who else is as good as Dr Bertagnoli (multilevel lumbar)?

Hey all. I joined this community as soon as I discovered it! I have saved up $ for 5 years so that I could get a multilevel disc replacement surgery (I'll spare the medical details for now) and I have planned on Dr Bertagnoli this whole time.
I see a lot of surgeons are out there, so I would like to know what other European surgeon (s) have the same impressive track record as Dr. B with multilevel lumbar disc replacements?

Thank you all for your kind advice.

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Old 01-15-2023, 08:36 PM
annapurna annapurna is offline
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On one hand, our information is probably 15 years out of date. On the other hand, back then, we cut the liaison out, signed up for Skype (best deal back then), and called ProSpine directly to arrange for all of Laura's work and to do all of our follow-ups. The German-speaking friend you mention will help but, if ProSpine continued down the path they started back 15 years ago, there will be someone among the office staff who speaks English. You may need to call back at different times to catch that person, though. Having a German speaker would eliminate that problem.

If you do work around the liaison, understand that you'll need to take on a whole lot more yourself, though. Hotel reservations, bank transfers, where you'd buy food, etc. were all straightforward for us to handle but it did mean that we needed to do a lot more trip planning than if we'd simply called someone to ask them to make it happen.

As for other surgeons, can't really help. In 2021, we contacted a German surgeon we worked with 15 years ago to get that person to look at Laura's films and decide if here SI joints or L5S1 ADR was causing problems. That person asked us to keep them anonymous as they worked with us as a favor for our past relationship. That person decided Laura didn't need surgery but had said that Bertagnoli would have been their recommendation if Laura needed it.

There have been a few other multi-level European surgeons mentioned on this board but my impression was that those others had performed a limited number of multi-level replacements.
Laura - L5S1 Charitee
C5/6 and 6/7 Prodisc C
Facet problems L4-S1
General joint hypermobility

Jim - C4/5, C5/6, L4/5 disk bulges and facet damage, L4/5 disk tears, currently using regenerative medicine to address

"There are many Annapurnas in the lives of men" Maurice Herzog
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Old 01-15-2023, 09:39 PM
itsdevo itsdevo is offline
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At 3 pm on the afternoon of Thursday Oct 11, 2018, while sitting at my desk, my L5/S1 spontaneously collapsed and the two discs above herniated. I have not been able to sit or drive since.
5'6', 135lbs. Diagnosed with a connective tissue disorder, explains the cause.
Allergic to opiates. RFA, PRP and intradiscal stem cell no help. Epidurals every 8-12 weeks, 15 and counting.
Was 'getting my affairs in order' when I learned about overseas multilevel lumbar ADR. Hope restored!

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