I have been doing a lot of studying on this and actually found a guy that had the same procedure done thru my life insurance agent of all people. Called him and he said it was a miracle as far as he is concerned,he went thru the same trial and doctor. As of now there are two artificial disc devices approved by the FDA but my Ins. will not pay till they become the "standard treatment". I don't know if my pain level will allow for waiting much longer. Apparently European countries are much ahead of us on this. Not going for a artificial disc but a apparatus that has springs,mounted to a ball and socket pin attached to the vertabrets. I agree,one day spinal fusion will be a thing of the past. Just wish my pain was!!
Again, Thanks and You take care also. Thanks