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    Interesting spinal implant

    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    Sharon...

    I'm not sure why the chose the word implants for that piece. While a disc replacement is an implant, it's just one of many types. Disc replacements are typically called arthroplasty. The procedure he's talking about is a pedicle subtraction osteotomy, which is fairly common in complex spine surgery these days.

    I don't recall ever hearing of anyone trying an artificial disc to replace a previous fusion. I'd be VERY concerned that the disc replacement is going to plow right through the vertebrae above and below, as I believe disc replacement needs vertebral endplates, which would not be present in a previously fused segment (assuming the fusion actually was complete).

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    Okay then! Thanks for the clarification. I just saw it and thought it might be of interest.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    I suspect some poor reporting and it would be nice to have the procedure and the device used clarified....

    They show a articulating device, but donít mention it? Its like, We have this new car for sale, sorry we didnít mention that it also flyís.

    This is very interesting, perhaps a friendly e-mail would clarify exactly what happened here.

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Are those stats true?
    100,000 fusion failures per year in the U.S. alone?

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    i thought both are done in conjunction...??
    for example, fusion of spine, and discs replaced with "cages," from side
    incision, at the same time...that was what i was told by all the surgeons
    i saw....
    i was also told that just doing disc replacement is not possible for
    scoliosis spines....that fusion must be done along with disc replacement...

    that is why my friend's husband could have simple arthroscipic disc
    surgery...and did fine...because he had no other spinal problems....
    no scoliosis...

    jess

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    Jess, based on what you wrote, it doesn't seem this implant is relevant or even potentially relevant to scoliosis. Had I known that, I wouldn't have posted it.
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    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    I suspect some poor reporting and it would be nice to have the procedure and the device used clarified....

    They show a articulating device, but donít mention it? Its like, We have this new car for sale, sorry we didnít mention that it also flyís.

    This is very interesting, perhaps a friendly e-mail would clarify exactly what happened here.

    Ed
    It's not a new implant. I can't tell for sure, but I think it's a ProDISC-C.

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    I found a video....
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDqziDQMx40

    Amazing engineering, and good to know. Maybe not for scoliosis, but the kind of thing that we full fusion patients should be aware of due to our necks. I hope I donít have to get serious and have to make a decision in this arena some day.

    I have realized and now know some things about my twin cervical herniationís.

    1) They were there when my spine was done in 2008. Its documented in the hospital reports. No pain at that stage, but herniated.
    2) Pain elevated upon high stress. Twice, during grief, and upon flying to South America.
    3) Stress is a killer. Do whatever is necessary to de-stress.

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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