... Nine months after the accident with my symptoms getting worse by the day, I went ahead with a fusion at the C5/6 level in the US. The cost for the surgery was $80,000. I came through the fusion surgery still having the same pain I had before and later found out from a new MRI that because of the fusion I had now more damage in my neck. Adjacent segment disease had now made the C6/7 disc begin to rupture when it was perfect when viewed just after the accident. My worst fear of getting a fusion and the condition spreading to other levels had occurred.
I was still having severe leg pain and mechanical back pain that increased as I walked. It was found that I had a complete collapse of my L5/S1 disc space causing a bone on bone condition that my doctor described as bad as it can get.
This time I had some money from my lawsuit and I was not going to have a fusion again because I knew first hand what it meant, a lifetime of surgeries again and again. So I again sent my films to Dr. Ritter-Lang this time. Dr. Ritter-Lang suggested I have a disc replacement at L5/S1 and possibly at L4/5. The L4/5 decision was to be made while I was having surgery. It turned out that I only had the L5/S1 disc replaced. Experience in Germany:
The day of the surgery I was able to get out of bed and walk around my room. The day after I was walking the halls of the hospital. On the third day I was released from the hospital to my hotel. On that third day my Dad and I took the train to Berlin and I walked at least three miles. Every day after that I was able to do sightseeing for the next 10 days until my departure back to the US. My back pain is and has been gone since the surgery. I still have some pain in my legs and of course my neck and shoulders. I have documented chronic nerve damage from waiting four years to have surgery. I am totally happy that I went to Stenum. I feel that my back is fixed and I only wish I could have done it sooner and also have had my neck done there as well.
More than likely I will be having disc replacement done on my neck by Dr. Ritter-Lang in the future especially if things continue to worsen. No matter what, the only people that will touch me concerning my neck will be Dr. Ritter-Lang. I strongly recommend Dr. Ritter-Lang.
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