ESP Disc Replacement Migration

ESP Disc Replacement Migration

ESP Disc Replacement Migration – Recently evidence of ESP Lumbar Disc Replacement migration has come to the surface.

This first x-ray was taken of an ESP Disc Replacement just after surgery.

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This second x-ray was taken after one month.

Significant migration of the ESP Lumbar Disc Implant is seen.

ESP Disc Replacement Migration

Another ESP Disc Replacement patient comments

“I can see that my discs migrated ever so slightly when comparing my 2 weeks post op x-ray to my 3 month x-ray”

Any implant migration is unacceptable!

As can be seen, the teeth designed to hold this implant in place until bone growth can secure it are very small.

We can speculate that additional migration event have and will occur and caution post-op is advised!

ESP Disc Replacement

The ESP Disc Replacement is a mono-bloc total disc replacement implant that restores natural disc functions.

The ESP disc replacement is made of 2 titanium alloy end-plates and an elasto-meric cushion. The spikes on the end-plates outer surfaces improve primary fixation. The combination of a hydroxyapatite (HA) coating on top of a T40 rough surface are considered as one of the best existing coating. The titanium alloy used for the end plates allows clear medical imaging and guarantees good bony fixation over time.

  • Between the 2 titanium end-plates the elsatomeric parts are injected for controled resistance to compression, flexion and rotation. These elastomeric parts are concentric and their fixation prohibits micro motion. The materials used for the implants have been tested for biocompatibility according to the ISO standard 10993.
  • Minimally invasive anterior approach which allows reduced hospital stay and improves rehabilitation
  • Tested up to 40 million cycles
  • ESP should give a significant reduction in pain severity, re-establish lumbar curvature and natural disc functions
  • ESP allows quick return to normal daily activities

The lumbar ESP Disc Replacement

LP-ESP

The LP-ESP cervical disc replacement has been developed to mimic the natural lumbar disc and allow the spine to behave as if the replaced disc would be natural in all situations.

 

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M6 Disc Replacement

M6 Disc Replacement

The M6 disc replacement is the only artificial disc that mimics the anatomic structure of

M6 Disc Replacement

M6 Disc Replacement

a natural disc by incorporating an artificial nucleus and fiber annulus in its design. Like a natural disc, the unique design of the M6 disc allows for shock absorption and provides a controlled range of motion at the treated level. This “natural” motion is intended to provide you with the freedom to move your neck naturally.

M6-C™ Disc Replacement

The M6-C™ artificial cervical disc is an innovative next-generation option for people needing artificial disc replacement as an alternative to spinal fusion. This unique product is designed to mimic your natural disc’s structure and movement, including backward and forward, up and down, side to side, and rotate left and right.

M6-L™ Lumbar Disc Replacement

The M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement offers a “Quality of Motion” that is not present in any other implant we have seen!

Its innovative design incorporates an artificial nucleus to allow shock absorption and a woven fiber annulus for graded variable motion resistance in all directions.

WHY M6 Disc Replacement?

The Spinal Kinetics M6 Disc Replacement offers a “Quality of Motion” that is not present in any other implant we have seen!

Unlike early Disc Replacement designs, the Spinal Kinetics M6 artificial disc is designed to replicate the structure and performance of a natural disc. Its innovative design incorporates an artificial nucleus to allow shock absorption and a woven fiber annulus for graded variable motion resistance in all directions.

These characteristics accurately replicate the natural disc, allowing the implant to work in concert with the remaining human discs. Unlike earlier “ball-in-socket” implants, with the M6 disc replacement the resulting natural functionality of the entire spinal curve will provide the best chance for a full recovery. In addition, future complications will be eliminated by reducing adjacent level degeneration and strain on the muscles and ligaments.

 

 

ESP Disc Replacement

Top Spine Surgeon Dr. Ritter-Lang finds the elasto-metric properties of the ESP Disc Replacement to be a bit stiff.

Dr. Ritter-Lang “the visco-elastic properties of the Spinal Kinetics M6 are more consistent with restoring natural motion.”

 

The Spinal Kinetics M6 Cervical Disc Replacement offers a “Quality of Motion” that is not present in any other implant we have seen! says
Dr. Ritter-Lang.

Unlike early Disc Replacement designs, the Spinal Kinetics M6 cervical artificial disc is designed to replicate the structure and performance of a natural disc. Its innovative design incorporates an artificial nucleus to allow shock absorption and a woven fiber annulus for graded variable motion resistance in all directions.

See The Spinal Kinetics M6 >

Lumbar ESP Disc Replacement

The Lumbar ESP Disc Replacement – LP-ESP

The ESP disc replacement is made of 2 titanium alloy end-plates and an elasto-meric cushion. The spikes on the end-plates outer surfaces improve primary fixation. The combination of a hydroxyapatite (HA) coating on top of a T40 rough surface are considered as one of the best existing coating. The titanium alloy used for the end plates allows clear medical imaging and guarantees good bony fixation over time.

The LP-ESP cervical disc replacement has been developed to mimic the natural lumbar disc and allow the spine to behave as if the replaced disc would be natural in all situations.

  • Over 10 years of research and development
  • 10 years of follow up (since 2004)
  • 6° of freedom
  • Adaptive center of rotation
  • No surface bearing for an increased lifetime
  • Improved stability
  • shock absorbing
  • Designed to fit and restore patient lordosis

Structure of the LP-ESP® Lumbar Disc Replacement

  • Titanium endplates 
TA 6V ISO 583213 and hydroxyapatite coating
  • Inner core (Silicone nucleus)
  • Outer core (Polycarbonate urethane annulus)
ESP Disc Replacement

The Cervical ESP Disc Replacement – CP-ESP

The CP-ESP cervical disc prosthesis has been developped to mimic the natural cervical disc and allow the spine to behave as if the replaced disc would be natural in all situations.

Specifics

  • Heights from 5mm to 7mm
  • Benefits from over 10 years of development
  • 6 degrees of freedom
  • Adaptive center of rotation
  • No surface bearing for increased lifetime
  • Improved stability
  • Shock absorbing
Cervical ESP Disc Replacement

Disc Replacement Surgeon
Dr. Ritter-Lang  > >

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Spinal Kinetics M6 Disc Replacement

WHY Spinal Kinetics M6 Disc Replacement?

The Spinal Kinetics M6 Disc Replacement offers a “Quality of Motion” that is not present in any other implant we have seen!

Unlike early Disc Replacement designs, the Spinal Kinetics M6 Disc Replacement is designed to replicate the structure and performance of a natural disc. Its innovative design incorporates an artificial nucleus to allow shock absorption and a woven fiber annulus for graded variable motion resistance in all directions.

Cervical Disc Replacement

These characteristics accurately replicate the natural disc, allowing the implant to work in concert with the remaining human discs. Unlike earlier “ball-in-socket” implants, with the M6 disc replacement the resulting natural functionality of the entire spinal curve will provide the best chance for a full recovery. In addition, future complications will be eliminated by reducing adjacent level degeneration and strain on the muscles and ligaments.

Spinal Kinetics M6 Cervical Disc Replacement

The Spinal Kinetics M6 Cervical Disc Replacement offers a “Quality of Motion” that is not present in any other implant we have seen!

Unlike early Disc Replacement designs, the Spinal Kinetics M6 cervical artificial disc is designed to replicate the structure and performance of a natural disc. Its innovative design incorporates an artificial nucleus to allow shock absorption and a woven fiber annulus for graded variable motion resistance in all directions.

These characteristics accurately replicate the natural disc, allowing the implant to work in concert with the remaining human discs. Unlike earlier “ball-in-socket” implants, with the M6 disc replacement the resulting natural functionality of the entire spinal curve will provide the best chance for a full recovery. In addition, future complications will be eliminated by reducing adjacent level degeneration and strain on the muscles and ligaments.

Spinal Kinetics M6 Disc Replacement

Spinal Kinetics M6 Disc Replacement

The Spinal Kinetics M6 artificial cervical disc replacement offers an innovative option for artificial cervical disc replacement because of its unique design which is based on a natural disc’s qualities.

Engineered to replicate your own disc, the M6 disc replacement is the only artificial disc that incorporates an artificial nucleus (made from polycarbonate urethane) and a woven fiber annulus (made from polyethylene). The M6 artificial disc nucleus and annulus are designed to provide the same motion characteristics of a natural disc.

Together, the M6’s artificial disc nucleus and annulus provide compressive capabilities along with a controlled range of natural motion in all 6 degrees of freedom along each vertebra.

This “natural” motion is designed to provide the freedom and stability you need to move your neck naturally.

The M6 disc replacement has two titanium outer plates with keels for anchoring the disc into the bone of the vertebral body. These outer plates are coated with a titanium plasma spray that promotes bone growth into the metal plates, providing long term fixation and stability of the disc in the bone.

Spinal Kinetics M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement

The Spinal Kinetics M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement offers a “Quality of Motion” that is not present in any other implant we have seen!

Unlike early Disc Replacement designs, the Spinal Kinetics M6 lumbar artificial disc is designed to replicate the structure and performance of a natural disc. Its innovative design incorporates an artificial nucleus to allow shock absorption and a woven fiber annulus for graded variable motion resistance in all directions.

These characteristics accurately replicate the natural disc, allowing the implant to work in concert with the remaining human discs. Unlike earlier “ball-in-socket” implants, with the M6 disc replacement the resulting natural functionality of the entire spinal curve will provide the best chance for a full recovery. In addition, future complications will be eliminated by reducing adjacent level degeneration and strain on the muscles and ligaments.

This “Quality of Motion” is a major patient benefit not available in any other implant!

The Spinal Kinetics M6 Lumbar artificial disc replacement offers an innovative option compared to other artificial lumbar disc replacement because of its unique design, which is based on the qualities of the natural disc.

The M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement is the only artificial disc that incorporates an artificial nucleus (made from polycarbonate urethane) and a woven fiber annulus (made from polyethylene). The M6-L artificial nucleus and annulus are designed to provide the same physiologic motion characteristics of a natural disc. Extensive biomechanical testing with the M6-L artificial lumbar disc has demonstrated equivalent Quality of Motion compared to the healthy disc.

Together, the M6 Lumbar’s artificial nucleus and annulus provide compressive capabilities and a controlled range of natural motion in all 6 degrees of freedom. This “natural” motion is designed to provide the freedom to move your back naturally.

The M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement has two titanium outer plates with keels for anchoring the disc into the bone of the vertebral body. These outer plates are coated with a titanium plasma spray that promotes bone growth into the metal plates, providing long-term fixation and stability of the disc in the bone.

ESP Disc Replacement

ESP Disc Replacement

Five-year follow-up of clinical and radiological outcomes of LP-ESP elastomeric lumbar total disc replacement in active patients

Jean-Yves Lazennec, MD, PhD, Jean-Patrick Rakover, MD, Marc-Antoine Rousseau, MD PhD

Abstract

Background context

The surgical treatment of degenerative disc disease at the lumbar spine may involve fusion. Total disc replacement (TDR) is an alternative treatment to avoid fusion-related adverse events, specifically adjacent segment disease. New generation of elastomeric non-articulating devices has been developed to more effectively replicate the shock absorption and flexural stiffness of native disc.

Purpose

To report 5 years clinical and radiographic outcomes, range of motion (ROM), and position of the center of rotation after a viscoelastic lumbar TDR.

Study Design

Prospective observational cohort study

Patient sample

Sixty-one patients

Outcome Measures

The clinical evaluation was based on visual analog scale (VAS) for pain, Oswestry disability index (ODI) score, short form-36 (SF-36) including the physical component summary (PCS) and the mental component summary (MCS), and general health questionnaire-28 (GHQ28). The radiological outcomes were ROM and position of the center of rotation at the index and the adjacent levels and the adjacent disc height changes.

Methods

Our study group included 61 consecutive patients with monosegmental disc replacement. We selected patients who could provide a global lumbar spine mobility analysis (intermediate functional activity according to the Baecke score). Hybrid constructs had been excluded. Only the cases with complete clinical and radiological follow-up at 3, 6, 12, 24, and 60 months were included.

Results

There was a significant improvement in VAS (3.3±2.5 vs. 6.6±1.7, p<.001), in ODI (20±17.9 vs. 51.2±14.6, p<.001), GHQ28 (52.6±15.5 vs. 64.2±15.6, p<.001), SF-36 PCS (58.8±4.8 vs. 32.4±3.4, p<.001), and SF-36 MCS (60.7±6 vs. 42.3±3.4, p<.001). The mean location centers of the index level and adjacent discs were comparable to those previously published in asymptomatic patients. According to the definition of Zigler and Delamarter, all of our cases remained grade 0 for adjacent level disc height (within 25% of normal).

Conclusions

This series reports significant improvement in midterm follow-up after TDR, which is consistent with previously published studies but with a lower rate of revision surgery and no adjacent level disease pathologies. The radiographic assessment of the patients demonstrated the quality of functional reconstruction of the lumbar spine after LP-ESP viscoelastic disc replacement.

The ESP Disc Replacement is a mono-bloc total disc replacement implant that restores natural disc functions.

The ESP disc replacement is made of 2 titanium alloy end-plates and an elasto-meric cushion. The spikes on the end-plates outer surfaces improve primary fixation. The combination of a hydroxyapatite (HA) coating on top of a T40 rough surface are considered as one of the best existing coating. The titanium alloy used for the end plates allows clear medical imaging and guarantees good bony fixation over time.

  • Between the 2 titanium end-plates the elsatomeric parts are injected for controled resistance to compression, flexion and rotation. These elastomeric parts are concentric and their fixation prohibits micro motion. The materials used for the implants have been tested for biocompatibility according to the ISO standard 10993.
  • Minimally invasive anterior approach which allows reduced hospital stay and improves rehabilitation
  • Tested up to 40 million cycles
  • ESP should give a significant reduction in pain severity, re-establish lumbar curvature and natural disc functions
  • ESP allows quick return to normal daily activities

Origin of The ESP Disc Replacement

Concept of a “Silent Block” ESP®

The development of the ESP disc range originally came from Professor Roy Camille, from La Pitié Salpétrière Teaching Hospital in Paris (France). After inventing the pedicle screw which became the gold standard for Spine fusions, Pr. Roy Camille started to work on analysing the natural disc properties and designed a prosthesis to restore these.

Third generation disc replacements

Both CP-ESP and LP-ESP  belong to the 3rd generation of disc replacements. Their specific mono-bloc design resulting from over a decade development allows them mimic the properties of natural discs. They provide movements in all directions without any friction and without any risks of debris production nor dislocation.

Lumbar ESP Disc Replacement

The Lumbar ESP Disc Replacement – LP-ESP

The LP-ESP cervical disc replacement has been developed to mimic the natural lumbar disc and allow the spine to behave as if the replaced disc would be natural in all situations.

  • Over 10 years of research and development
  • 10 years of follow up (since 2004)
  • 6° of freedom
  • Adaptive center of rotation
  • No surface bearing for an increased lifetime
  • Improved stability
  • shock absorbing
  • Designed to fit and restore patient lordosis

Structure of the LP-ESP® Lumbar Disc Replacement

  • Titanium endplates 
TA 6V ISO 583213 and hydroxyapatite coating
  • Inner core (Silicone nucleus)
  • Outer core (Polycarbonate urethane annulus)
ESP Disc Replacement

The Cervical ESP Disc Replacement – CP-ESP

The CP-ESP cervical disc prosthesis has been developped to mimic the natural cervical disc and allow the spine to behave as if the replaced disc would be natural in all situations.

Specifics

  • Heights from 5mm to 7mm
  • Benefits from over 10 years of development
  • 6 degrees of freedom
  • Adaptive center of rotation
  • No surface bearing for increased lifetime
  • Improved stability
  • Shock absorbing

 

 

Cervical ESP Disc Replacement

Other natural  elasto-meric non-articulating devices:
Spinal Kinetics M6 > >

Disc Replacement Surgeon
Dr. Ritter-Lang  > >

 

Medical Tourism Marketing Rockstar

Medical Tourism Marketing Rockstar

Medical Tourism Marketing Rockstar is your guy for Medical Tourism Destinations and Medical Tourism Marketing

Also see http://damitjim.com/blog/medical-tourism-marketing-rockstar/

Medical Tourism Destinations

Medical Tourism Mexico

Medical Tourism Mexico

Stem Cell Clinic of Dr. Rivkah Lopez

At our clinic we offer Stem Cell treatments with enhanced, manipulated, and activated stem cells. These expanded and activated stem cells have been found to provide better results than non-manipulated stem cell applications.

Dr. Lopez and her team have experience treating cancer and many other diseases.

Medical Tourism Germany

Medical Tourism Germany

Destination Disc Replacement

At Special Clinic for Orthopedics their commitment to quality, combined with the latest technology improvements and expertise, provides superior results in a world class patient destination.

Special Clinic for Orthopedics is an orthopedic hospital serving the local community as well as International patients. The Hospital has 110 beds and 168 staff.

Medical Tourism Marketing

Medical Tourism Marketing includes, Keyword Targeted Marketing, Keyword Targeted Website Optimization and Google Adwords Marketing.

Medical Tourism Keyword Targeted Marketing

Medical Tourism Keyword Marketing is a strategy to optimize search results by targeting the most popular or often overlooked search keywords.

First comes keyword research, both from the perspective of what products or services the customer offers, but also what customers tend to search for in Google.

Websites are optimized for these keywords, website domain names can be purchased that contain the keywords, and links are created using the keywords.

Medical Tourism Keyword Targeted Website Optimization

Our Website Optimization starts with your goals in mind.

We use modern responsive website design and Search Engine Optimization techniques so you’ll get found on all devices and all search engines.

Medical Tourism Google Adwords MarketingUsing Google Adwords pay-per-click (PPC) service for your Medical Tourism Marketing we will get your website visited when people search for the products and services you offer.

We can set up and optimize a campaign for you to manage or set it up and manage it for you.

With Medical Tourism Marketing It’s All About The Traffic!

You need traffic on your website!

We excel at attracting the most qualified traffic to your website

We learn about the searching and buying habits of your customers, then create and target an effective online marketing plan around their behavior. We can target people in your product area that are searching online in the real-time for your company’s products, services, or information.

 

Meet Jim – Your Medical Tourism Marketing Rockstar

Tiger Woods is golfing after Spinal Fusion

tiger woods spinal fusionTiger Woods comes back from Spinal Fusion Surgery to win the PGA Tour Championship!

Tiger Woods is golfing after Spinal Fusion

So Tiger Woods is golfing after Spinal Fusion Over 15 years ago I had spinal surgery and I’m still golfing, yeah so OK Tiger Woods is golfing after Spinal Fusion, and I am golfing after Disc Replacement. We both rock!! Right?

Today Tiger Woods Tiger Woods came back from Spinal Fusion Surgery to win the PGA Tour Championship!

Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship on Sunday to end a five-year title drought and complete a career comeback almost as inconceivable as his painful descent from the pinnacle of golf.

Woods underwent an anterior lumbar interbody fusion on April 19, a procedure designed to alleviate lower back and leg pain and one that was “dramatically different” from his three prior surgeries, according to agent Mark Steinberg. While his recovery is ongoing, Woods explained that this latest procedure brought about an immediate improvement.

So how long can a spinal fusion last when golfing like this?

Who knows??

See Tiger Woods Golf after Spinal Fusion

Grandfather of ADR Artificial Disc Replacement

The Grandfather of ADR Artificial Disc Replacement

By Jim Rider

OK, so I have been called The Grandfather of ADR, but what does that mean? Sure it has been over 15 years since my own disc replacement surgery, but why the title Grandfather of ADR?

The Title should be Founder of one of the most successful Disc Replacement Medical Tourism Enterprises.

After 15 years and thousands of disc replacement surgeries by my program I think that is appropriate!

And now the story…It all started in early 2002, I was watching the evening news and they ran a short piece on this FDA trial for something called Disc Replacement, What! Disc Replacement? What is that? I ran to the computer in the other room and did a Google search. Well it looked like they were recruiting for an FDA trial so I contacted the doctors office and waited to hear back. As I waited I continued searching and learned that Disc Replacement had been invented in Germany. It all started at The Charite Hospital in Berlin and they had been doing this for years!

Soon I was in touch with the study clinic staff and asking questions about the trial. Well it seems the trial was a random study, this means I could get fusion! No, I don’t want a fusion! Sorry no go then. I contacted another clinic, well they could do a Disc Replacement but after much drilling in and asking questions it looked like I would be paying out of pocket and it would likely be over 70 Thousand, no guarantees of that!

Dejected I went back to dealing with my pain, but wait, what about Germany? So I went on a mission to locate this Charite Hospital and the surgeons there. I sent emails off to any email address I could find that had anything to do with this hospital. Many emails, and waited, and waited. Then one day I get an email “We can do your surgery”! Send x-rays, OK. As it turns out the surgery would only be about 25 Thousand and be done by Dr. Ritter-Lang a top Disc Replacement surgeon from the Charite Hospital. Dr. Karsten Ritter-Lang had done thousands! The doctors I was talking to in the US had done about 10.

So about a year after hearing about Disc Replacement on the news I was off to see Dr. Ritter-Lang in Germany for my surgery.

For now let’s just leave it at “It was a great success!”

Upon returning home from Disc Replacement in Germany I found that I could once again sit and use a computer. I had always wanted to learn how to make websites and the Germans had offered to compensate me for any other Americans I sent to them so hey what the heck, I made my first website and posted my story there. It was called Stenum and Back, The hospital was called Fachklinik für Orthopädie  – STENUM so I nicknamed it Stenum Hospital for short, a name that has stuck and the place is now world known as Stenum Hospital.

It wasn’t long before someone saw my story, contacted me and sent their x-rays and off they went for surgery. Soon afterwards I got my first commission. Well a friend of mine after hearing about my success showed me how to invest this money into Google Adwords. It worked! Soon I was sending patients each month, quit my day job,  making new websites and marketing Disc Replacement Surgery to the world.

Over the years my relationship with Dr. Ritter-Lang and Stenum Hospital has grown and I have spent many hours discussing the challenges of Disc Replacement, the products, and the outcomes with my friend and surgeon. Dr. Ritter-Lang and I visited the company headquarters of Spinal Kinetics some years back to take a look at a breakthrough Disc Replacement product called The Spinal Kinetics M6. This product was still in development and we were impressed by its ability to replicate the motion of a human disc. Dr. Ritter-Lang became the first surgeon to use The Spinal Kinetics M6 and we have worked hand in hand to promote this natural motion disc replacement product worldwide.

My efforts have not gone unnoticed and now many clinics are using my business model to sell Disc Replacement Surgery. Disc Replacement products have been approved for use in the US and after 15 years, having helped thousands of patients get Disc Replacement, I am still the top promoter of Disc Replacement worldwide.

My websites, artificialdiscreplacement.com, betterdiscreplacement.com, StenumHospital.com, DiscReplacementNation.com and many others take thousands of hits a month and continue to educate people about Disc Replacement Surgery. OK so Grandfather of ADR? Why not?

OH and I wrote The Book on Disc Replacement! Click here > >

When I decided to write this book on Disc Replacement it had been 15 years since my own disc replacement surgery. It all started in early 2002, I was watching the evening news and they ran a short piece on this FDA trial for something called Disc Replacement, What! Disc Replacement? What is that? I ran to the computer in the other room and did a Google search. Well it looked like they were recruiting for an FDA trial so I contacted the doctors office and waited to hear back. As I waited I continued searching and learned that Disc Replacement had been invented in Germany. It all started at The Charite Hospital in Berlin and they had been doing this for years!

Jim | Patient Consultant | Disc Replacement L4-5 | April 2003
After years of suffering, I avoided fusion, discovered Disc Replacement, went to Dr. Ritter-Lang and had a wonderful experience.

Jim is now your Patient Consultant for Disc Replacement
Call him at 541-840-9470, pacific time or contact at jim@worldspineteam.com

Updates:

6/1/2015 Over 12 years now! Still golfing. I have helped many answer the question Disc Replacement vs Fusion and most just want Disc Replacement, duh! Like the new Website?
1/24/2014 OK almost 11 years now! Still golfing. I have helped thousands avoid fusion and head towards Disc Replacement over the years, it feels good to pay it forward!
02/23/11 Almost 8 years now, golfing, skiing, still limiting lifting to 60lbs to protect my L3-4, all good!

11/3/08 Over 5 years now, golfing, skiing, still limiting lifting to 60lbs to protect my L3-4, all good! I have helped thousands of Americans avoid fusion, and over 800 have gone to over for surgery.
2/11/05 Skiing yesterday! Black diamond slopes, all good today!
4/5/04 One year since Disc Replacement with Dr. Ritter-Lang! Life is good, skiing, bike riding, rode all the rollercoasters an Disney World last week, basketball turns out to be a little painful the next day, I can lift 55lbs (my daughter) now, no problem. Disc Replacement is the best thing I ever did for myself!
2/6/04 Skiing has been great! Getting some neck pain from sitting at the computer, working, answering your e-mails, keep them coming, and web design. Life is good!
11/20/03 Over 6 months since my Disc Replacement, all is well, the pulling down my leg is now gone, riding my bike, playing soccer, skiing next week! Still don’t think heavy lifting is a good idea, although there is no pain to speak of. No meds, not even a Tylenol!
7/1/03 Well, I am now at 3 months post-op and all is well. I have found that lifting more than 50-60lbs results in some discomfort for a few days. Just being careful works well. No meds, riding my bike and running are OK, golf next?

I wrote this story shortly after returning home from Disc Replacement Surgery in 2003 > >

The Disc Replacement Book

The Disc Replacement Book

Disc Replacement Book By Jim Rider

About the Author

When I decided to write this book on Disc Replacement it had been 15 years since my own disc replacement surgery. It all started in early 2002, I was watching the evening news and they ran a short piece on this FDA trial for something called Disc Replacement, What! Disc Replacement? What is that? I ran to the computer in the other room and did a Google search….more > >

Motion – A Natural State

The Evolution of Disc Replacement

Surgical Options – Fusion – The Gold Standard?

Disc Replacement Procedure – Dr. Jan Spiller, Chief Orthopedic Surgeon

Disc Replacement Studies

Disc Replacement FAQ

Disc Replacement Surgeons

Disc Replacement Success Stories

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When it comes to your spine it’s all about the motion. Your spine provides strength and stability to your body as we stand, walk and function. If you take a look at the spine you should first consider the spine of an animal, say a horse, the spine is mostly horizontal, the vertebrae are across the bottom separated by soft discs and there are ligaments and muscles supporting it from above, much like a suspension bridge. This structure is fluid in its motion yet very strong. The discs have almost no weight bearing function, this is done by the ligaments and muscles. A brilliant design!

We refer to the three sections of the spine as the Cervical or Neck area, the thoracic, this is the area where the ribs form a cage like structure which also provides stability, and the Lumbar, an especially mobile area that allows us to bend and twist. The Spinal Cord runs through the spine and is protected by the vertebrae.

More Disc Replacement Book By Jim Rider Disc Replacement Book – Motion – A Natural State

The Spinal Kinetics M6 Disc Replacement offers a “Quality of Motion” that is not present in any other implant we have seen!

Unlike early Disc Replacement designs, the Spinal Kinetics M6 cervical artificial disc is designed to replicate the structure and performance of a natural disc. Its innovative design incorporates an artificial nucleus to allow shock absorption and a woven fiber annulus for graded variable motion resistance in all directions.

These characteristics accurately replicate the natural disc, allowing the implant to work in concert with the remaining human discs. Unlike earlier “ball-in-socket” implants, with the M6 disc replacement the resulting natural functionality of the entire spinal curve will provide the best chance for a full recovery. In addition, future complications will be eliminated by reducing adjacent level degeneration and strain on the muscles and ligaments.

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To Fuse or Not to Fuse?  This is the question!  Spinal FusionDisc Replacement or another option?

We can help you understand your options, from spinal fusion alternatives to disc replacement options?

Tiger Woods Texas Back Surgery

Tiger Woods Texas Back Surgery

Tiger Woods Texas Back Surgery, so Tiger is back!! Why did Tiger Woods have Fusion Surgery in Texas?

Woods announces on his website that he has undergone “successful back surgery to alleviate ongoing pain in his back and leg.” So why Fusion Surgery in Texas? Tiger Woods Fusion Surgery – The announcement explains that “Woods’ bottom lower-back disc severely narrowed, causing sciatica and severe back and leg pain. … The surgery entailed removing the damaged disc and re-elevating the collapsed disc space to normal levels, but Fusion Surgery in Texas! This Fusion Surgery causes the one vertebrae to bond to the other. The goal is to relieve the pressure on the nerve and to give the nerve the best chance of healing. Tiger Woods Texas Back Surgery Really!

Tiger Woods make his first competitive start in nine months at the Hero World Challenge, after undergoing his fourth back surgery in just over three years.

Tiger Woods also said that, if all goes according to plan, the “successful procedure”, (really, successful) will allow the world’s 788th-ranked golfer to “return to full activity in about six months.” There are no successful Fusion Surgeries! All Fusion Surgery will lead to future degeneration…

Why avoid fusion surgery?

There are several concerns with spine fusion surgery. Overall success rates are very low and the recovery is long and painful. Even after a “successful” spine fusion, problems begin to develop soon after the surgery. The segments next to the fusion have more forces applied causing “adjacent level degeneration” which studies have shown will lead to additional pain and surgeries.

Alternatives to Fusion Surgery > >

Why was Tiger Woods Texas Back Surgery Fusion not Disc Replacement Surgery?

Tiger Woods Texas Back Surgery

Tiger Woods Texas Back Surgery – Disc Replacement?

Many people call us and ask what can’t I get disc replacement in the US or why did my doctor not offer me disc replacement.
You can get disc replacement in the US, but there are several limitations.

The first set of limitations come from the FDA. Since the studies were typically only done on patients with one bad disc the FDA has for the most part limited use of disc replacement in the USA to one disc surgeries.

The second limitation is age, again the FDA only allowed patients under 60 in the trials so the approval only allows for disc replacement surgery for those under 60 years of age.

If these FDA limitations were not enough to eliminate most patients from being offered disc replacement in the US as it turns out many US insurance carriers still consider disc replacement experimental and specifically exclude the disc replacement surgery from payment.

So let’s say you fit within these guidelines and are in fact offered disc replacement, now you must consider what type of product you are being offered!

Most disc replacement products approved by the FDA and offered in the US are what we consider outdated. These early free floating ball in socket type disc replacement implants have several draw backs. Surgical complications like implant migrations and implant subsidence were fairly common in early designs. Long term complications like facet joint wear and post op pain are also common due to the unnatural and uncontrolled freedom of motion and fixed center of rotation in these early disc replacement designs.

Due to these limitations fewer than 10 percent of Americans will be offered disc replacement in the US and many will chose to go overseas for safer more advanced disc replacement implants like the Spinal Kinetics M6 Disc Replacement.

You can’t get Spinal Kinetics M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement in the US!

Tragically, patients with multiple bad discs, severe loss of disc space, previous surgeries and many other non-medically relevant factors may be excluded from disc replacement surgery in error. Additionally, it is quite likely that single level procedures are often performed when multi-level indications exist, resulting in poor results and risky second surgeries. Multi-level Disc Replacements are performed with great success, and three or four level Lumbar and Cervical disc replacements are quite common.

The Spinal Kinetics M6 Disc Replacement eliminates the complications and long term risks with new technology and design that prevents implant migration and controls motion in a natural way.

Disc Replacement Options may be confusing. Disc Replacement Specialist Dr. Karsten Ritter-Lang, with his team have had good outcomes for the Treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease in the Lumbar Spine Using Spinal Kinetics M6 Lumbar disc replacement implant.

Artificial Disc Replacement technology has come a long way and thousands of spinal fusions are now being avoided. Improved artificial disc replacement implants now provide a natural “Quality of Motion” unlike the early ball-in-socket disc replacement designs.

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