Disc Replacement Surgery

  • Webster666

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    Jan 31, 2011 7:55 AM GMT
    Nobody will read this unless I post it here. LOL.

    I'm considering having two discs replaced in my spine.

    Have you, or do you know anyone, who has had it done ?
    Did it eliminate the back/neck pain and headaches ?
    Would you consider it a success ?
    Would you recommend it ?
    Thanks.
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    Jan 31, 2011 2:51 PM GMT
    Hello:

    I had a microscopic discectomy, which is different from Disc Replacement.

    I was in intense pain and could barely walk.

    Was informed that non-surgical procedures would not be effective for my disc injury and that surgery would be my only option. Had numerous second opinions and all concluded that surgery was the only option.

    I then researched a number of surgeons in the Boston area and selected a Dr. Weller.

    Had the surgery, now pain free, have had no pain since and regained full mobility.

    My back surgery was a success.

    Good Luck!
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    Jan 31, 2011 3:24 PM GMT
    Yes. Don't do it unless there are no other options. You may come out of surgery worse than you went in.
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    Jan 31, 2011 4:42 PM GMT
    My dad had the surgery last year , and it did help a little bit , but not at the extent he was hoping . Now he is 84 years old , you might get a better result as you are a lot younger ....
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    Jan 31, 2011 4:58 PM GMT
    A family member had back surgery a few months ago.

    If you choose to have surgery, take time to heal and rehabilitate. He had problems when he tried to go back to work and become physically active too soon after surgery.
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    Jan 31, 2011 5:07 PM GMT
    I had a herniated disc, so had surgery of June 2009. It was unsuccessful, so I still have sciatica. sigh: :cry
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    Jan 31, 2011 7:37 PM GMT
    Don't do it. Find the cause of your back
    Problem.
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    Jan 31, 2011 9:10 PM GMT
    No. Try some homeopathic remedy first.



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  • Webster666

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    Feb 01, 2011 7:18 AM GMT
    Alpha13 saidDon't do it. Find the cause of your back
    Problem.




    The cause of the back problem is degenerative disc disease. There are two locations in my upper back. Chiropractic adjustments used to help a lot. Now, they give me relief from the pain for only a few days. My regular back doctor (osteopath?) is worthless. He just pokes his fingers into the back of my neck, for about 10 minutes.

    I put heat on it. I put ice on it.

    I'm sick of suffering with the pain.
  • QHCAguy

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    Feb 01, 2011 7:53 AM GMT
    Webster, my ex had a dual fusion done after a accident had ruptured two cervical discs.The procedure was a success and did relieve the pain.
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    Feb 01, 2011 7:53 AM GMT
    Worst I had was herniated discs....from exercising.........First Osteopath told me he thought it was lung cancer....before the MRI......Ass......

    Physical therapy did it for me but in your case, probably not. RealLifeDad on here has experienced the same ...give him a shout. And best to you, man...Unrelenting back pain........The Worst!!!
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    Feb 01, 2011 2:55 PM GMT
    Webster666 said
    Alpha13 saidDon't do it. Find the cause of your back
    Problem.




    The cause of the back problem is degenerative disc disease. There are two locations in my upper back. Chiropractic adjustments used to help a lot. Now, they give me relief from the pain for only a few days. My regular back doctor (osteopath?) is worthless. He just pokes his fingers into the back of my neck, for about 10 minutes.

    I put heat on it. I put ice on it.

    I'm sick of suffering with the pain.


    Have you gone thru pain management (cortisone injections, nerve blocks, rhizotomy)?

    From my experience (regarding back surgery), the success of the surgery depends on the type and extent of surgery performed.

    1) Discectomy - high success rate
    2) Single level fusion - moderate success rate
    3) Multilevel fusion - low success rate

    The rates of success for disc replacement surgery is about the same as fusion.

    My advice: Live with the pain as long as you can and exhaust all options before considering spine surgery. Spine surgery should be your last resort.
  • ZacktheMan

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    Feb 07, 2011 2:38 PM GMT
    For years I suffered from a double Herniated Disc in my neck. Most of the time it was simply a pain in my neck. But at other times it was excruciating pain that flowed down my shoulders and into my left arm. I was a guy who had a high pain threshold and hardly ever went to doctors

    I went to a very good highly regarded doctor to deal with a very painful emanating from my intestinal track. He made me well, and he kind of adopted me to be his patient since. I told him about my constant pain in my neck and he had me sent me to be X-Rayed and this determined that the problem was a double herniated Disc in my neck. I asked him about having it surgically corrected, and my Doctor told me to live with in, the cure could be far more devastating than what I had now.

    And I had lived with the pain for years. I've always had a high pain threshold since childhood, my dentists would ask me if I wanted painkiller when I was a child (he actually encouraged me to not take the pain killer, it was one of those free clinics in the Bronx and I never suspected his motives back then) but I would talk to, and focus on, Jesus - for the strength to bear the pain while he was drilling, and I always endured the pain without much difficulty. Even later in life, if a Dentist asked if I wanted the pain killer, I always answered 'no'. However, when a Doctor or dentist told me they are giving me pain killer. I did accept it without questioning it, such as 'root canals', removal of Wisdom Teeth, etc.

    Recently I was working out with the weights in the Sports Club I go to, and I felt something separating in my neck. I have not felt any pain in my neck or shoulders at all since then.

    My prayers and best wishes go to the OP (which I hope means Original Poster) that he be healed and relieved of the pain soon. And of course I am not qualified to give any advice regarding a cure.
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    Feb 07, 2011 2:53 PM GMT
    Ok, I did some research (off-line) before posting.

    If you have permanent numbness in your butt, back of your leg, or foot, then get surgery.

    Otherwise, find a neurosurgeon or chiropractor who is knowledgeable enough to exhaust all other methods of treatment before even thinking about surgery. Chances are, if you're not experiencing chronic numbness, you don't need surgery.
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    Feb 07, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
    if you haven't already done so, i would visit a pain clinic...they have made some amazing strides over the past few years, far ahead of the conventional medical world........................Keithicon_wink.gif
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    Feb 07, 2011 6:21 PM GMT
    The pain may not be from the degenerative discs but from tight trigger points pulling on the discs. In my case, lidocaine injections from my physiatrist to kill those trigger points killed the pain and negated any need for surgery.
  • Webster666

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    Feb 07, 2011 7:05 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidThe pain may not be from the degenerative discs but from tight trigger points pulling on the discs. In my case, lidocaine injections from my physiatrist to kill those trigger points killed the pain and negated any need for surgery.




    It's interesting that you say that, because my osteopath gave to me a prescription for lidocaine patches. They are about 3" X 5", and completely self adhesive. If I slap one of those on my back, the pain goes away. The down side is that my doctor told me to not wear them for more than 12 hours. And, the pain comes back after about 10 hours.

    For everyone who posted here, I don't have herniated discs, and the problem is not in my lower back.

    The degenerated discs are causing the vertebrae to pinch nerves, which causes the pain in my upper back, neck, and head.

    The thing about disc replacement is, if it doesn't work, I would still have the option of having disc fusion. But, if I have disc fusion, that's it.

    Thanks for all the helpful comments.
  • metta

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    Feb 07, 2011 7:31 PM GMT
    are there any statistics available on the success rates for this specific type of problem?

    If you do decide to do it, get the best doctor in the field.

    Do more research and look to see if there are any doctor's that have found new techniques to improve the results.