Testimonials

    Dr. Ritter-Lang and his medical teams have implanted artificial discs (ADR) in over 4000 patients with over 1000 of these being International.

    During your evaluation and scheduling, we would be happy to connect you with former patients, such that you may learn first-hand about their experiences. Following are patients who agreed to provide video testimonials.

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    LIVECAST REPLAY: OJ Powell

    LIVECAST REPLAY: OJ Powell

    Live Interview with Returning Patient OJ Powell 5 Weeks after Surgery

    Tune in for another Enande livecast replay as we interview OJ Powell, 5 weeks after his surgery in Bremen, Germany. OJ has been active all his life; he often describes his lifestyle as "rough and tumble" with his interests ranging from motorcross to weight-lifting. This would all come to a halt when OJ got into a car accident that would result in herniating his lower discs in his back---3 discs were damaged and one needed to be replaced. OJ traveled to Germany for his first surgery, and has returned in 2017 after developing startling new symptoms that began to affect his ability to move properly. See where OJ Powell is now and learn all about his experience along the way!
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    LIVECAST REPLAY: Melanie Koehne & Sue Hart

    LIVECAST REPLAY: Melanie Koehne & Sue Hart

    Live Interview with Enande's Local Patient Manager, Melanie Koehne and International Case Manager Sue Hart

    Tune in for a Q&A with Enande's local patient manager Melanie Koehne as she discusses her role with incoming patients and what to expect when traveling overseas to Enande's medical facility. You will also be able to meet Sue Hart, a former ADR surgery recipient and now an International Case Manager who's back to enjoying her favorite activity---horseback riding! Learn all about Sue's experience and more in this in-depth interview replay.
    Livecast Replay

    LIVECAST REPLAY: Mike Banks

    LIVECAST REPLAY: Mike Banks

    Live Interview with ADR Patient Mike Banks

    Mike Banks, a former New York salesman, injured his back in 2005 and ruptured his L4-L5 discs in his spine, causing them to come apart. After an emergency operation, Mike went on to become a fitness coach, but ended up injuring his back again several years later. His diagnosis proved that his last operation was merely a "band-aid fix" and was faced with fusion as his only option. Unwilling to accept this as his only choice, Mike turned to Enande for help, and his results couldn't have been better. Tune in to hear Mike's testimony and meet some of the folks who supported him along the way!
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    VIDEO CASE STUDY: Curtis Smith

    VIDEO CASE STUDY: Curtis Smith

    Curtis Smith 1 year after ADR surgery with ENANDE

    Witness the amazing recovery of Curtis Smith, one year after his 3- Level Artificial Disc Replacement surgery with ENANDE. In this video, you will hear testimonies from both Curtis and his wife on his experiences before and after surgery, and see what Curtis is capable of today!
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    INTERVIEW: Darrin Camp

    INTERVIEW: Darrin Camp

    Darrin Camp discusses his surgery experience with Enande 9 days post-op

    4 years ago, Darrin Camp traveled to Bremen, Germany for Lumbar ADR surgery with ENANDE’S world-renowned medical team. Now David and his wife Julia have returned to Germany a second time, for Darrin’s Cervical ADR surgery--find out how his experience went the second time around with ENANDE, and why he wouldn't go anywhere else for these services.
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    CASE STUDY: Colleen Gibson

    CASE STUDY: Colleen Gibson

    Colleen Gibson's testimony on receiving cervical ADR surgery with Enande

    Watch this incredible case study of Colleen Gibson’s ADR surgery through ENANDE, in beautiful, scenic Germany. In this video, you will be able to not only see the great services ENANDE’S world-renowned surgical team provides, but also witness Colleen’s experiences before and after surgery. Tune in now to see why Colleen says she would go back to ENANDE for any back-related surgery in the future.
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    INTERVIEW: Earl and Mary Yoder

    INTERVIEW: Earl and Mary Yoder

    Earl and Mary Yoder Discuss Their Experience with Lumbar Fusion and Colfex Implants with Colleen Gibson

    Fellow patient Colleen Gibson interviews Earl and Mary Yoder, who flew all the way to Germany for lumbar fusion and Colfex implants. After his doctors told him there were issues with his lower back, Earl turned his attention to ENANDE’S services at the recommendation of a trusted friend. Since he’s undergone surgery, Earl now lives pain free
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    INTERVIEW: Stephan Gahr

    INTERVIEW: Stephan Gahr

    Single Level Disc Replacement Recipient Stephan Gahr

    Stephen Gahr had only been married for 2 years when he found himself in need of 1-level Artificial Disc Replacement surgery. After his surgery with Dr. Ritter-Lang, and his team of world-renowned ADR specialists, Stephen now lives pain free. With his improved mobility, Stephen can now go back to enjoying his marriage with a new lease on life. Tune it to hear Stephen’s emotional road to recovery with ENANDE.
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    LIVECAST REPLAY: Marilyn Sanders

    LIVECAST REPLAY: Marilyn Sanders

    Live Interview with Marilyn Sanders 8 Months Post-Op

    Marilyn Sanders had always lived a very active lifestyle, but her constant back pain later in life threatened her way of life. After several attempts to soothe her chronic back pain, Marilyn learned she would need surgery on her spine, and nothing American surgeons offered would fix all her issues, which now included scoliosis. Tune in to hear Marilyn's experiences with 5-Level Fusion and what led her to Enande's world-renowned team of ADR specialists.
    Livecast Replay

    INTERVIEW: Patient-to-Patient Discussion on ADR Surgery

    INTERVIEW: Patient-to-Patient Discussion on ADR Surgery

    Interview with ADR Recepients Colleen Gibson and Cindy Shelfon

    ADR recipient Colleen Gibson interviews a fellow patient, Cindy Shelfon, after her 2-level ADR surgery in Bremen, Germany. Before her surgery, Cindy was living with chronic pain after a 13 mm slippage. After coming to ENANDE, Cindy is living pain-free and is even off of her former pain medication. Tune in to hear Cindy’s journey on the road to recovery.
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    INTERVIEW: Brian VonBargen

    INTERVIEW: Brian VonBargen

    Interview with 2- Level M-6 recipient Brian VonBargen, 6 Days Post-Op

    Brian VonBargen has been an active artist all his life. After years of what he thought were minor back injuries, he woke up one morning unable to move the toes on his right foot. With each passing day, Brian’s condition worsened, with the paralyzing sensation moving farther up his foot, and gradually into his leg. During his visit with his local doctor, Brian felt he wasn’t being listened to. He then learned about ENANDE, and after talking with their expert team of world-renowned ADR specialists, Brian finally felt hope. Tune in to hear Brian’s experience in Bremen, Germany and how he became a part of ENANDE’S growing family.
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    INTERVIEW: Melanie Koehne

    INTERVIEW: Melanie Koehne

    Meet Melanie Koehne, Enande's local patient manager

    Nervous about visiting another country for your spinal surgery? Local Patient Manager, Melanie Koehne, is here to assist you with all your needs. She will be the first person you meet when you arrive at Stenum Hospital in Bremen, Germany. Tune in to hear what she has to say on what you can expect when coming to Stenum for ENANDE’S quality services.
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    CASE STUDY: John Devere 10 Years Post-Lumbar ADR Operation

    CASE STUDY: John Devere 10 Years Post-Lumbar ADR Operation

    John Devere Testimony 10 Years After ADR Operation: Reflections and Insight

    Life-long athlete and respected physical educator, John Devere, suddenly found himself practically immobile after falling on his hip during a game of Frisbee with his children. After his doctor in the United States told him to give up his job and active life-style, John looked for answers elsewhere and came upon ENANDE. With the help of Dr. Kartsen Ritter-Lang and his team of world-renowned specialists in Germany, John was able to have Artificial Disc Replacement surgery—an option that he was denied in his own country. Tune in to experience John’s powerful testimony of his life-changing surgery with Enande.
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    INTERVIEW: 2 Nurses Accompany Patients Receiving Surgery

    INTERVIEW: 2 Nurses Accompany Patients Receiving Surgery

    American nurses Debra O' Connor and Jackie Gute travel to Bremen with their loved ones, who are receiving ADR surgery.

    Considering Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery? Watch American registered nurses, Jackie Gute and Deborah O’ Connor, discuss why they prefer the services of ENANDE’S world-renowned medical team in Bremen, Germany over those offered in their own country. You will also hear detailed accounts from Jackie & Deborah on their loved ones’ experiences, and post-surgical recoveries with ENANDE.
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    INTERVIEW: Hans Janssen, Physical and Massage Therapist

    INTERVIEW: Hans Janssen, Physical and Massage Therapist

    Meet Hans Janssen, a dedicated physical therapist serving Enande's patients for the past 38 years.

    Among the many qualified experts with ENANDE, is Hans Janssen, a physical therapist who brings his own unique brand of quality care to his work. Hans has worked with Enande for 38 years, and builds life long friendships with all of his patients along the way. Tune in to learn how Hans uses massage therapy, combined with exercise and fun, to help his patients heal in more ways than one.
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    LIVECAST REPLAY: Bill and Denise Duehl 10 days after Bill's Single-Level Lumbar ADR

    LIVECAST REPLAY: Bill and Denise Duehl 10 days after Bill's Single-Level Lumbar ADR

    We caught up with Bill and Denise at the Park Hotel in Bremen, 10-days post lumbar ADR. Watch the interview to learn their story!

    Bill and his wife Denise traveled to Bremen Germany in March of 2017 for Bill's single-level lumbar ADR. Three days later, Bill wanted to ride a bike! We interviewed him live from the Park Hotel 10 days after surgery, and he was already walking 10+ miles a day! Experience Bill's story in this replay of the Livecast!
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    VIDEO CASE STUDY: Al McCoy 2-level Lumbar ADR patient from New Brunswick Canada

    VIDEO CASE STUDY: Al McCoy 2-level Lumbar ADR patient from New Brunswick Canada

    Follow Al's journey from 1 month before lumbar cervical surgery to his return to life back home.

    Al McCoy worked in carpet cleaning and labor for many years until his back gave out. He struggled with a decade of low back pain and his inability to work and be the father he desired to be. Al came to ENANDE for 2-level lumbar ADR...and to get his life back. This 19-minute video case study catches Al as he is preparing for his journey to Germany and follows him through surgery and recovery, catching up with him 8 months after surgery. See Al's emotion and passion as he shares his experience.
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    VIDEO CASE STUDY: Cary Limebeer, Lumbar & Cervical ADR on the Same Day, Welder from Ontario, Canada

    VIDEO CASE STUDY: Cary Limebeer, Lumbar & Cervical ADR on the Same Day, Welder from Ontario, Canada

    Follow Cary's journey from before lumbar and cervical surgery to 5 months post surgery.

    Cary and his wife journeyed from Canada so Cary could have lumbar and cervical disc replacement on the same day. This 19-minute video case study meets the Limebeers while they are preparing for their trip and follows them through surgery and recovery, catching up with them both 5 months later. Watch to get the perspective of husband and wife as they share their thought processes, challenges, and successes.
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    Jeff Gute

    Jeff Gute

    Farmer, father and car enthusiast from the U.S. 2016 2-Level Cervical M6 Recipient

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    Max

    2013 - M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement L4-S1

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    Alfonso

    2013 - M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement L4/5

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    Donald

    2013 - Posterior fusion L3/4

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    Brittney

    2013 - M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement L5/S1

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    Andy

    2013 - M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement L4-S1

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    Dr. David Noonan

    2013 - M6 Cervical Disc Replacement C5-7

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    Daisy Bigda

    Daisy Bigda

    2012 - M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement L4-S1 and Anterior Fusion with Cage L3/4

    Having had terrible back problems for over 20 years, my issues became so severe that the only option available to me in the US was to have major spinal fusion using rods and pins, which to quote my spinal surgeon would have left me walking like a robot with limited flexibility. This was not even an option to me and I began researching another way and I found it at Stenum Hospital. Dr. Ritter-Lang preformed two disc replacements and a fusion...
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    John Wilson

    2013 - M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement L4-S1

    Clare County Sheriff John Wilson is back at work after back surgery in Germany that he calls a “miracle.”
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    Marc

    2012 - M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement L5/S1

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    Dawn, Deena and Obaid

    2013 - Dawn M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement L3-S1; Deena M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement L5/S1; Obaid - M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement L5/S1

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    David

    2012 - M6 Cervical Disc Replacement C4-7

    "M6 From Spinal Kinetics was clearly the best option." "Dr. Ritter-Lang and Stenum Hospital was the best solution." "The care at Stenum Hospital truly exceeded my expectations."

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    Sue

    2005 - Lumbar Disc Replacement L3-S1

    I am doing great since my surgery on Nov.4, 2005. I awake with no pain, and now know to stop whatever it is that I am doing that causes pain. The team is terrific...
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    Jim - Dr. Ritter-Lang's first American

    Jim - Dr. Ritter-Lang's first American

    2003 - Lumbar Disc Replacement L4/5

    After years of suffering, I avoided fusion, discovered Disc Replacement, went to Germany and had a wonderful experience...
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    Samantha

    2009 - M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement L4-S1

    Well I am a completely new person. I was back to work within 6 weeks and would consider myself 95% better...
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    Howard

    2009 - Lumbar M6 Disc Replacement L3-5

    My pre-surgical pain was such that I had to at times stay down on the couch for a day or 3 with pain being so intense that when I tried getting off the couch I would collapse. When I was back on the truck I never felt confident that when I would stop for a break that I would be able to get out and walk. My time behind the wheel was always short, 1 or 2 hours at a time. After my surgery I walked down the hall a short distance within 24 hours. It just kept on getting better and soon I was back home and well, within 3 months was pain free...
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    Jeff - 1st Lieutenant US Marine Corps

    Jeff - 1st Lieutenant US Marine Corps

    2010 - M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement L4-S1

    I am an active duty Marine officer with an extemely physical lifestyle and needed the best treatment possible. Already having three laminectomies under my belt I was suffering extreme pain in my lower back during physical activity because my discs were very degenerated. The military couldn't provide anything besides fusing my spine, so I had to seek treatment elsewhere. All the research suggested that disc replacement seemed to have a solution to my problem...
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    Mike

    2011 - M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement L4/5 and L5/S1

    Now sixteen weeks after the April, 2011 disc replacement surgery, I have no physical restrictions, where I have returned to four plus mile mountain hikes, cycling sixty plus miles a week, playing sand-volleyball, playing golf, etc. all pain free. The right foot drop is now almost gone and my friend continues to show-up every morning, “Sweet.” Thank you Dr. Ritter-Lang and Spinal-Kinetics team for your superior disc replacement implant, procedure and quality care, my life is now great.

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    Judge Les Hatch - 237th District Court, Lubbock Texas

    2010 - M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement L5/S1

    Today (7 weeks out) I am pain free in my low back. My painful numbness in foot is still present, but not as bad. Probably caused by scar tissue at S1 nerve root which was pre-existing from discectomy 3 years earlier. This Friday I am released from all restrictions and look forward to resuming my active lifestyle. Overall, I am a success story and would recommend Dr. Ritter-Lang without hesitation.

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    Steve

    2006 - Cervical disc replacement C4/5 and C5/6 with fusion C3/4

    I had three discs removed, two replaced with ADR (C4/5 and C5/6) and one Scient-X cage fusion at C3/4. Now I am 2 years out and I am doing virtually anything I want to do. I ride my horses, work around my house, weight train, road race, fly, sail, fish, golf… I lead as full a life as any one I know and I am only looking for more! I must stress that I do my exercises religiously and that does make a difference. You will absolutely get out of the experience what you put into the experience. It takes work. There is no question that my decision to go to Germany was the right one. I only wish that I had made the decision earlier.

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    Chuck

    2006 - Cervical Disc Replacement C4/5 and C6/7 after previous fusion C3/4 and C5/6

    I can't tell people enough about the level of care I received, I have golfed a little with no soreness. Can ride my motorcycles again with no numbness in my arms which used to occur after 10 minutes!! I have started to water ski again(no jumping ever again) and look forward to snow skiing again. I would again like to thank everyone for giving me my life back. If any prospective patients would care to call I would be happy to share my experiences with them.

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    Felicia

    2008 - M6 Cervical Disc Replacement 3 level

    The experience in Germany was great, I felt like I was on vacation. The hospital and staff were wonderful...

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    Kirk

    2007 - M6 Cervical Disc Replacement C5/6 above fusion

    After 4 years of increasing pain, Kirk had a fusion of C6/C7 in 2002. Nov 2006, after seeing more doctors than he can count, Kirk has been diagnosed with DDD (Degenerative Disc Disease), the failure of discs to maintain the normal spacing between the vertebrae. Combined with a moderate level of spinal arthritis, the fusion has put increasing pressure on the nerve roots leaving the spine, especially at C5/6. After much deliberation, Kirk scheduled a disc replacement surgery on January 11, 2007 in Germany...
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    Louis

    2011 - M6 Cervical Disc Replacement C3/4 and C6/7

    My trail to Dr. Ritter-Lang began August 1, 1997 after a car accident, which whiplash ruptured C4/5 disc and bulging discs C3/4 and C5/6. Seventeen months later I had a fusion plate (the US Gold Standard) surgery across C4/5/6. In the last 3 years my fingers were tingling, my arms lost strength, and pain was shooting down my arms and legs. In 2009 local surgeons said nothing could be done. In 2011 things were worse, I needed help fast...

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    Brooke

    Brooke

    2009 - M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement L4-S1

    I had Degenerative Disc Disorder in L4/L5 and L5/S1, due to an accident. I was only 28, with the lumber spine of someone twice my age. I was told my only treatment option was a two level fusion, which I did not want to have...
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    Kurt

    Kurt

    2008 and 2011 - M6 Cervical Disc Replacement C6/7 and C7/T1

    The Operation was a snap! I was out of bed the next day! And riding a bicycle on the fourth day! We flew home the tenth day with absolutely NO PAIN! Amazing!!! ...

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    Christopher

    2010 - M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement L5/S1

    I was involved in a car accident where I was struck in the drivers door. I received injuries to my neck, left arm and lumbar spine. In the days after the accident I started having symptoms of pain and weakness in my neck and arms and later in my legs...
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    Mugurel

    2014 - M6 Cervical Disc Replacement C4-7

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    René

    2012 - M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement L4-S1

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    Maria

    2012 - M6 Cervical Disc Replacement C4/5 and anterior fusion C5/6

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    Rory

    2012 - M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement L3-5

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    Richard

    2012 - M6 Cervical Disc Replacement C5-7

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    Mark

    2012 - M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement L2-4 and Fusion with CD Horizon Solera L4-S1

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    Dan

    2012 - M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement 2 level

    Dan came to us for Spinal Kinetics M6 disc replacement with Dr. Ritter-Lang and Dr. Pablo Clavel. He had received a single level ProDisc in the US which left him needing additional surgery.

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    Heidi

    2011 - M6 Cervical Disc Replacement 2 level / 2005 - Lumbar Disc Replacement

    In 2005 Heidi came to Germany for lumbar disc replacement with Dr. Ritter-Lang. This year she returned for a two level cervical disc replacement with the Spinal Kinetics M6 disc replacement.
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