Monday, 22 May 2006

If you're not into x-rays or thinking about surgery and stuff like that, you can just skip this one. Many people have had me promise to show them pictures of the artificial disc that was implanted in me three months ago once I got them, so - well - here you go. This is a pretty amazing and relatively new (in the USA anyhow) area of medicine.

The Kineflex artificial lumbar disc is a three-piece metal-on-metal mechanical replacement, which is used to treat chronic and severe lumbar pain due to degenerative disc disease. It's in FDA trials right now, which makes me a bit of a guinea pig. It's not the kind of surgery you decide to do without a lot of serious thought and only after trying every other option. It replaced my natural disc, and now my severe back and leg pain that I lived with 24 hours a day for years is practically gone - and as a bonus I am a little bit taller than I was before the surgery. As I've said here before, I have my life back thanks to the doctors and the people that built this little device.

How'd they get it in there? The made an 8-inch horizontal incision just below my belly button (yep, they approach the spine from the front), spread the bones apart, removed the disc that was damaged, and put this new one in place.

You can click each image to view them larger-sized. I've removed any sensitive personal information.

Kineflex - High contrast side view

Kineflex - Reverse image high contrast



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Sunday, 21 May 2006 23:58:57 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Monday, 22 May 2006 07:22:36 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Glad you're back to normal!
Aaron
Monday, 22 May 2006 08:16:22 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Way cool. 1 down, 23 more to go ;)
Tuesday, 23 May 2006 21:21:21 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Nice to see your disc baby in person. A neighbor of mine just got a Kineflex last week in Reno and calls it Kenny. Glad your doing well.

Paulette
Friday, 26 May 2006 00:12:45 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Wow! That's pretty darned cool, Greg. you're truly a bionic man, now!
Tuesday, 24 October 2006 16:45:17 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
my husband is in need of a disc replacement and insurance won't cover this. How can I find out about trials such as yours?
lisa dunn
Friday, 27 October 2006 06:54:19 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Lisa - check http://www.spine-health.com/research/trials/kineflex/kineflex01.html for informtion on the study. There are a few FDA studies out there, and one disc has already received FDA approval for medical use. Note that spine surgery, whether with a fusion or an artificial disc, is a last resort, used onloy after everything else has failed.
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 06:31:16 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
HI THERE, I HAD MY LOWER DISC REPLACED 7 WEEKS AGO L5/S1, I HAD THE CHARTE ARTIFICAL DISC. I'VE HAD UPS AND DOWNS
I'M STILL GETTING LEG PAIN BUT I THINK IT'S THE NERVES STILL A LITLE TIGHT.ALSO ACHING IN THE BACK ,I'M ON STRONG PAIN KILLERS BUT ALL IN ALL I THINK I MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE.
IF ANYONE CAN GIVE ME ANY FEED BACK THAT WOULD BE REALLY NICE.
EMMA-KATE
emma-kate
Saturday, 27 January 2007 13:59:40 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Hey, Greg, I had my KineflexC installed Thursday (between C5 and C6) and I feel great. I've already cut back to one pain pill, but still taking the muscle relaxants because my shoulders are tight. Now I'm a bionic bobblehead!
Samra
Thursday, 29 March 2007 17:26:24 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Greg now that is has been almost a year how are you feeling? I am currently suppose to get a fusion at L4 l5 and have allready had L5 SI laminectomy. So am very intereste in your situation. Are you an active person? Could you play sports if you wanted to? Let me know.
Brian
Sunday, 08 April 2007 10:05:20 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Greg - Glad to hear you are doing well. I've got a couple of questions for you. 1.) Now that it's April, 2007, how are you doing? 2.) What is your surgeon's name and at what hospital was your procedure accomplished? There's nothing better that a good reference as a place to start looking for help! Please send reply to leonsden@yahoo.com if you don't want to post on your site. Thanks in advance.
Leon
Monday, 07 April 2008 01:53:12 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Hi,

There Greg, I am from South Africa, where the Kineflex has been developed and was curious to know how you are doing nearly 2 years after your operation and if you do normal activities again?

I had a fusion on L5/S1 for spondylolistheses, but recent scans has shown a failure. A specialist now wants to fuse L4/L5 and S1. Where is it going to stop? I am looking for a possible combination of fusion and prosthesis to stop further levels being fused.(I know spondy and failed fusion is normally an exclusion criteria)

Do you know, if there is long term results available for Kineflex lumbar disc for free, as I see, you have to pay $30 for articles in general online, and the SA rand exchange rate is quite bad!

If there is anybody else with advice on this, it will be greatly appreciated.

Would you please reply to me on cornelis_s2001@yahoo.com

Kind Regards

Cor
cornelis
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