I haven't even spoken to the neurosurgeon so I'm not even sure a disc replacement is for me, although from the information I've gathered on it, I hope it is... I'm curious about the CP fam's experience(s) with either of these procedures. My old PM doctor and my new OB/GYN both advised me against a fusion, if possible, and the OB/GYN told me the replacement was probably for me. My friend just had it done on Tuesday (the 12th) and so far has been feeling good, other than pain at her incision.
In my research I've found that people who had a fusion were more likely to need another within four years because of the stress placed on other discs within the back from the lack of flexibility at the fused site. The disc replacement still allows for flexibility. It seems they put metal plates on the bones and polyethylene I between them. The recovery time is very similar but the actual quality of life for the disc replacement patients was seemingly higher as they were able to return to almost, if not all, of their normal activities.
I'm going to keep researching but wanted some CP fam opinions! Thanks in advance!
Kathryn - 22 years old.
Mommy to Baby Scott - May 18th, 2011.
Accidents: Jan. and Oct. 2008, Nov. 2009.
Surgeries: Eye - 1995, Lumbar Laminectomy L4-5 - Feb. 2008, Cesarean Section - May 2011 and Gallbladder Removal - June 2011.
Current Medication: Generic Fentanyl 50 mcg/h patch every 72 hours (feels ineffective after 48), Meloxicam 15mg once a day and Generic Tylenol for breakthrough.