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Old 11-14-2018, 03:35 PM
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Hi there, 41 yo male in TN here. Looking for information from anyone who has had an ADR is the US or in TN.


L4-L5 DDD and bulge.

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Old 11-16-2018, 12:33 PM
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Hi Jiro and welcome.

There are literally thousands of members that have surgery in the US. Pls see the Surgical Outcome Forum.

If you use the advanced search feature, you can use key words, like Tennessee:

http://www.adrsupport.org/forums/search.php

I found 58 references to your state.

Hope this helps!
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Old 12-03-2018, 02:09 AM
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Hey Jiro,

I had lumbar ADR about 2 months ago in Florida. My insurance carrier approved it and then retroactively denied payments after I had the surgery. You can read my full story over in the ADR surgical outcome section of the forum, or click here if you like:

https://www.adrsupport.org/forums/sh...ad.php?t=13945

Since you're in Tennessee, I think the Texas Back Institute is probably closer than any doctor I could recommend down here. Try giving them a call and ask for Dr. Blumenthal. They will consult with you by phone and email if you send them copies of your records.

Best of luck buddy!
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2001 - Pulled off monkey bars, landed directly on coccyx.
2006 - Sports injury that made it worse.
2016 - Multiple instances of paralyzing low-back pain.
2017 - Blew out my back on leg-press. MRI showed L5-S-1 disc herniation and grade 1 retrolisthesis.
2018 - Successful ADR surgery with Dr. Rolando Garcia using the Activ-L implant.
2019 - In physical therapy for burning in feet, L4-L5 diffuse disc bulge and SI joint pain, but continuing to improve!

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Old 01-08-2019, 05:23 PM
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Dr. Scott Hodges is in Chattanooga, TN, and does disc replacements. He also does the BlancedBack, but it's not approved in the US. He flies patients to the Caymen Islands and does the surgery there.


I had a consult with him today, since his office is just down the road from me. He said he has also done the ActivL disc replacement too, which can be done in the US since the ActivL is FDA approved.
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Old 01-14-2019, 12:44 PM
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Having the Activ-L done locally sounds like a good idea. You might be able to get your insurance to cover it.

I am having complications from my surgery, but I think it is mostly due to the retrolisthesis I had prior to the surgery.

There are others on this forum whom have had tremendous success with it.
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2001 - Pulled off monkey bars, landed directly on coccyx.
2006 - Sports injury that made it worse.
2016 - Multiple instances of paralyzing low-back pain.
2017 - Blew out my back on leg-press. MRI showed L5-S-1 disc herniation and grade 1 retrolisthesis.
2018 - Successful ADR surgery with Dr. Rolando Garcia using the Activ-L implant.
2019 - In physical therapy for burning in feet, L4-L5 diffuse disc bulge and SI joint pain, but continuing to improve!

29 - Male - American
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Old 01-15-2019, 01:07 AM
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Hi there, 41 yo male in TN here. Looking for information from anyone who has had an ADR is the US or in TN.


L4-L5 DDD and bulge.
Yes, I had a 2 level cervical ADR in Oct 2015. To date, this was the best decision of my life! I have DDD and spondylolethesis level 1-2 at L4-L5 and am avoiding getting a fusion as long as I can.

I just popped on to see if anyone has had a 2 level ADR in the 2 levels above a previous ADR.
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