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Old 01-16-2021, 10:24 PM
aibericoh aibericoh is offline
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Hello everyone

My name is Alejandro (38 years old) from Peru. I am glad to be in this ADR Support Community and to know the stories of each one of you in the search to improve your back conditions and therefore your quality of life.

At present I am evaluating to undertake a ADR surgery for my lumbar back at L4/L5 and L5/S1 levels. I am trying to read and learn all the experiences posted by you. By this time, I have sent my spine information to Instituto Clavel in Spain (Dr. Clavel), ONZ (Dr. Bierstedt) and Stenum (Dr. Ritter-Lang) in Germany. I will be gathering all their proposals for ADR surgery in order to take the best option. This process (spine conditiion) has been very difficult for me.

Many thanks for this space.
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Alejandro Iberico H.
Back pain started in July 2017
Diagnosis: Protusions on L2/L3, L4/5 & L5/S1, DDD, facet syndrome
Microdisectomy on L5/S1 in march 2019
Evaluating ADR on L4/L5 & L5/S1 in 2021
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Old 01-16-2021, 11:22 PM
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Alejandro, thanks for posting and sharing. It's been a while since I communicated with doctors in South America, but I am sure there are some really good ones in your country and continent! I'll try to find my notes from many years ago.

Feel free to private message me. And thanks for your perfect English!

Buenas Noches
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Old 01-17-2021, 08:52 PM
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Hello Harrison

It is great to be in conact with you. Thank you very much for your prompt message. Your support and the experiences I am finding here are really encouraging for me. Yes, I will feel free to send to you a private message.

Buenas noches
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Alejandro Iberico H.
Back pain started in July 2017
Diagnosis: Protusions on L2/L3, L4/5 & L5/S1, DDD, facet syndrome
Microdisectomy on L5/S1 in march 2019
Evaluating ADR on L4/L5 & L5/S1 in 2021
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Old 01-18-2021, 07:58 AM
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Es bueno considerar muchas opciones; sin embargo, el Dr. Ritter Lang y el Hospital Stinum han tenido complicaciones graves. Investiga más sobre ellos.
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2007 fusion @ C4-6 peek cages, failed due to long term use of cox-2 inhibitor
2008 revised C4-6 donor bone, plate & screws
2009 fusion with Roi-C @ C3-4
2015 MRI & CT mjr ddd @ C6-7, segmental kyphosis at C7-T1, 2-level M6-C prosthesis by Dr. Clavel Barcelona Spain
2019 H.O. formed behind M6-C @ C6-7 left nerve rt & in spinal canal.
2020 Revision C6-7 to a CP-ESP prosthesis by Dr. Schmitz Dusseldorf Germany
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Old 01-25-2021, 10:14 PM
aibericoh aibericoh is offline
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Many thanks for your advice, Cheryl. Yes, I am researching and evaluating all the alternatives regarding doctors and spine centers. Much appreciated.
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Alejandro Iberico H.
Back pain started in July 2017
Diagnosis: Protusions on L2/L3, L4/5 & L5/S1, DDD, facet syndrome
Microdisectomy on L5/S1 in march 2019
Evaluating ADR on L4/L5 & L5/S1 in 2021
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Old 11-03-2021, 10:56 AM
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Hi Alejandro. I was wondering if you’ve made any decisions yet. I too am looking at going to Dr. Bierstedt for L4-S1 replacement with ESP disc. Saw some great results posted online, but they don’t tend to show the not so great stories there. Looking for real people with real results, and of course hoping they’re all as good as possible.
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I’m a 42 year old male lbp for the past 7 years. In the most recent 3 years I have gone through episodes of acute pain, resulting in having to take meds to subside nerve pain in the legs, being out on my back for 3-5 weeks at a time, barely being able to move.

ONZ. Diagnosis:

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) (dehydrated disc, loss of disc height, herniation) at level L4/5, L5/S1
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Old 11-16-2021, 10:37 PM
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Hello Dmoney. First of all, sorry for my late response. I am still evaluating which doctor and procedure I will take based on my diagnosis. The first quarter of this year I contacted Dr. Ritter Lang, ONZ Germany and Dr. Clavel. All of them indicated two ADR levels in L4/L5 and L5/S1. However, I also talked to Dr. Ferrandez in Spain and he recommended fusion in the same levels. He told me that ADR will cause destabilization in my lower back and will worse my pain due to my multi-level facet syndrome. This year I have been dealing with back and both knees pain. I would not like to keep getting worse, but I also don't want to have a risky surgery. Certainly, It is hard decision, also considering the different indications received from these doctors. I hope you can take the best treatment for your spine and have the relief that everyone who is going through this is waiting for.
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Alejandro Iberico H.
Back pain started in July 2017
Diagnosis: Protusions on L2/L3, L4/5 & L5/S1, DDD, facet syndrome
Microdisectomy on L5/S1 in march 2019
Evaluating ADR on L4/L5 & L5/S1 in 2021
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Old 11-17-2021, 09:21 AM
annapurna annapurna is offline
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The double fusion that low in the spine could easily lead to problems with your sacroiliac joints and hips. If you have any concerns with those prior to the fusion, I'd be very hesitant about fusing that many levels. Has anyone suggested a hybrid, fuse the level that has the worst facets and use an ADR on the level with the least facet involvement?
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