Good for you Ruby. Do as much research into this as you can. One of the problems with a new "stabilization " system is that while it sounds good in theory, back surgery is still back surgery and if something goes wrong, you are the one who has to live with it.
And since it's still in trials, there isn't a whole lot of information about
what to do if things don't turn out good.
As they did with ADR in our country, they are finding now that there are tons of problems with the implants, from wear, to debris from the discs, to facet joint problems being created after a few months of having them put in, and causing a need for revision surgery, which then becomes life threatening.
They can't do like they have done with ADR and decide to try to find a way to fix things after the fact. That should be part of the trials, what and how they can fix it if it doesn't work.......These stabilization systems are having the same problems.
Just do your homework before you agree to being part of any trial.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..