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Old 05-19-2005, 12:16 AM
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I am so grateful to have discovered this forum and have already learned much. My situation is that I suffered a C5/C6 extrusion in a car accident in 2001; the first neurosurgeon I saw did not want to operate at the time; I recently saw another neurosurgeon who at first offered the option of waiting for approval of the artifical cervical disk but then changed his mind and wanted to immediately schedule a fusion and foraminotomy. My preference is to go with the artificial disk--but I am at a loss as to how to proceed in making contact with surgeons involved with these devices. I am SO impressed in reading the forum with the amount of research and consultations you have all done! How did you proceed in contacting the surgeons? It is also clear that Mark is a wonderful resource in this regard. Any advice you can provide me in how to begin the process would be greatly appreciated.
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2001 MVA; C5-C6 disk extruded
ongoing physical therapy, exercise and massage
ESI's, oral prednisone, trigger point injections
foraminal and central stenosis C5/C6 and c6/C7
2007 EMG/nerve conduction shows pattern of chronic radiculopathy
January, 2008: Prestige ST Artificial Disk Replacement, C5/6
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Old 05-19-2005, 09:38 AM
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Welcome!

You might want to start here:

http://www.adrsupport.org/content.asp?cid=182
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03/09/26 - Ruptured L5-S1.

Years of pain, discectomy, research into anatomy, hardware, clinical trials, facilities, surgeons, techniques, insurance. Attempts at ProDisc, Activ-L trials. Now, low bone density. D'oh!!!

At 61 years, no longer qualifying for trials due to my age (chronological, not physical or mental).

2009 - Working on improving bone density or getting rich so I can go to Germany, where medicine and insurance have gone beyond the Stone Age.
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Old 05-19-2005, 08:09 PM
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Sahuaro, there seems to be really great success with one level adr's. There are quite a few centers around the country that are now performing cervical adr's. I had 3 level prodisc surgery 12-04 with Dr. Delamarter in L.A. There are very few doctors who perform 3 levels, but there are a lot more who do one levels. If you have any questions I'd be happy to help.
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Old 05-19-2005, 08:14 PM
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sahuaro, welcome! I hope we can help...happy to chat some time too...

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Old 05-20-2005, 01:37 AM
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Thank you for your replies and welcomes. I am sure I will have many more questions and will be happy to share my experiences as I proceed.
I do have a question stemming from looking at the FAQ: I was surprised to see a thread on Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. I have just been diagnosed with TOS as well but thought that was related to my having had both rotator cuffs surgically repaired (also stemming from the accident). Is there a connection between herniated cervical disks and TOS?
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2001 MVA; C5-C6 disk extruded
ongoing physical therapy, exercise and massage
ESI's, oral prednisone, trigger point injections
foraminal and central stenosis C5/C6 and c6/C7
2007 EMG/nerve conduction shows pattern of chronic radiculopathy
January, 2008: Prestige ST Artificial Disk Replacement, C5/6
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Old 05-21-2005, 09:59 AM
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sahuaro, that's a good question. I've spent about 100 hours researching this...I was planning on making a separate post...stay tuned.
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Old 05-22-2005, 10:01 AM
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Welcome

Hope being here helps!!!
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