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Anyone had Activ-L with fusion??
Topic Started: 13 Sep 2017, 05:54 PM (37 Views)
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So I've been on the forums for awhile but not overly active, I was set for two level surgery (L4/L5 & L5/S1) in Germany a month ago using the LP ESP, until I found out I have osteoporosis and the surgery was cancelled.

The surgeon in Germany won't use vertebroplasty to strengthen my spine, and this is basically my only option for surgery. I have a new mri and it seems my L5/S1 has become worse and it will now have to be fusion at L5/S1 and an ADR at L4/L5....

I've found a surgeon who will conduct the surgery but he uses the M6 and Activ-L, clearly different discs....

I trust both, both as plenty will know, the M6 has had some failures, which to be fair are probably mostly down to incorrect placement in the first place Where as although the Activ-L is less popular and older technology, I don't know of a single failure.

My pelvis also shifted forward on one side when my back went into Spasm 6 months ago. My body is much straighter and a specialist would have to look quite close to see what I can, but I know it's there. Nothing shows up on X rays or mri scans etc, so I believe with the fact out bodies aren't all exactly straight, it's not a big concern to me.

However my thought is that the Activ-L is generally more accepting of our different body compositions, I think I've read either Bertagnoli or Zeegers say it's better for stability.

I can see Zeegers has done a fusion with Activ-L so I trust it's certainly possible and an expert like him is happy to do it, however I can't see another case at all, where as there are plenty of M6 hybrid fusion surgeries...

So I just thought I'd throw this out there to be discussed, and even better if someone has an Activ-l fusion themselves!

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