Welcome to my neck pain story.

This is my online journal of the struggle to overcome neck pain which developed into a herniated disc between C5-C6 and ultimately neck surgery.  I have no medical qualifications or expertise.  My intent is to personally track my own journey and in so doing, to share it with others who are at some point in their own neck pain journey.  Perhaps you will learn from my experience, or will be able to add a comment that will in turn help others.

If you are reading this, then you probably already have or know someone close to you who has neck or back pain.  I wish you well.  For me, this has definitely turned into a marathon and not a sprint, which I originally was hoping for.  Good Luck to you.







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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Prodisc-C Total Disc Replacement. IDE Clinical Study

ProDisc-C Total Disc Replacement.  IDE* Clinical Study.  When I made the decision to have neck surgery, I had two options as to how to fix the problem.  One was the ProDisc-C total disc replacement, or the ACDF (anterior cervical discectomy fusion) surgery.  Although Dr. Albert of the Rothman Institute indicated they would both be successful, the research I did beforehand led me to believe that neck flexibility could be slightly compromised with the ACDF. 

ProdiscC_photo.jpgThere are several different ACDF or disc replacement devices on the market.  Your choice will be limited by what your doctor has learned to use and what your medical insurance will cover.  If you like the idea of the Prodisc-C and your doctor is not trained to implant this, you will have to find a different doctor.  My medical insurance gave me the option, so with Dr. Albert's advice I chose the Prodisc-C.  To date, I believe this was the right choice.

The link below will take you to the Clinical Study of the ProDisc-C as written by the manufacturer, Synthes, from West Chester, PA,
comparing it with ACDF surgery.  It is quite easy to read.  Read the Synthes report.  

On December 17, 2007 this device was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.  You can link to the FDA's brief overview of this device here.   

The full FDA report, titled, Summary of Safety and Effectveness Data is available here.  This document is written in medical mumbo-jumbo - not an easy read for me.  However, it too has comparative studies between the ACDF and the testing that took place as part of the FDA's approval process.  I found it interesting that this device has been available worldwide since 2002.  I had mine implanted in September 2008, although the Rothman Institute had been using it for some years.

The FDA report describes all the potential risks and adverse events that could happen.  Don't be scared away by this; think of the risks and hazards if you do nothing. 

I was saddened to read of the 54 rabbits who had to give their lives as part of the FDA's approval process. Many thousands of rabbits give their lives every year in the name of advancing human medicine.  If you find relief like I did from this surgery, I encourage you to give a donation on behalf of these little guys to the Southeastern PA-DE House Rabbit Society (a rescue organization for house rabbits), to the Main Line Animal Rescue (MLAR), or to the Chester County SPCA.org or your local animal shelter.

* IDE stands for Investigational Device Exemption - allows the device to be used in a clinical study in order to collect safety and effectiveness data.  This is required to support a Premarket Approval (PMA) when is submitted to the FDA who use it as part of their approval process.  Read more at the FDA website.

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Here I am 1 year after surgery, in the Fall of 2009.  Happy days; a far cry from my pain one year earlier.  Below you can view a closeup of my scar.



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My scar after neck pain surgery.  Dr. Albert explained to me that access is much simpler going through the front of the neck and eliminates cutting through any muscle which would extend recovery time.  In fact, he told me that it is possible to use a finger and push through the neck to the back of the neck or spine.  Read my Blog entry about how I prevented any ugly scarring on my neck using ReJuveness silicone and scar cream.  It really works!

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