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Does MayoClinic do Lumbar Disc Replacement? 2 Levels?

Spine Health | Last Active: Jul 19, 2019 | Replies (6)

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Hi Tom,

Here’s my experience before and after with a 1 level ADR at L5/S1 performed back in 2006.

During September of 2003 (31 years old) I was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident where I ended up rupturing my disk at L5/S1. By Spring of 2005, I had complete collapse of the disk space since the disk no longer existed.

My goals were simple, be narcotic free and get as much exercise as I could. Adrenaline is one of the best pain killers, but when you literally lose all feeling in a leg temporarily, there isn’t much you can do until your feeling starts creeping back.

I won’t get into details about all of the pain I was in, but I can empathize with anyone with severe back pain, I truly get it.

In April of 2006 I had my ADR performed at St. Mary’s hospital in Duluth by a neurosurgeon by the name of James Callahan.

Fast forward to today… the last time I had serious back pain (other than normal wear and tear soreness for a highly active 47 year old) was when I was laying on the table getting ready to receive anesthesia.

ADR has been a life altering experience for me in such a positive way…but I do baby my spine and body in general for aftercare. No high impact sports, skiing, running, etc. but I’m extremely active in the outdoors and I have complete range of motion like I had prior to my auto accident.

One word of advice, see the best surgeon you can and it will be a neurosurgeon.

If someone is good enough to work on a 6 month baby with a traumatic head injury where precision and smarts/experience are paramount, they’re good enough to work on you.

You want the very best hands and head on a surgeon touching you so choose wisely, it makes a difference.

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Replies to "Hi Tom, Here’s my experience before and after with a 1 level ADR at L5/S1 performed..."

So happy you had a great experience..
Everything you said, ditto for me.
You need to do your research and find a neurosurgeon that specializes in spine and brain.
Why brain? Because if you are having cervical surgery, it will be close to the brain.
I also agree about babying your spine AFTER surgery and FOREVER!!!
Too many people start doing things that are detrimental to your back as soon as they feel good.
Then, they think their surgery failed.
The surgery didn't fail, the patient did.
I think it is also important to remember that we still age and we will still get the aches and pains that often comes with age.

Thank for the reminders!
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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