What started as an ache in Mike’s lower back soon progressed to the feeling of electric shocks running down his legs. He had to give up skiing, running and other outdoor activities.
After exhausting conservative treatments, Mike’s spine surgeon in Canada suggested he look into Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR) surgery, because as an active firefighter, he wanted to avoid spine fusion is possible. Mike’s research led him to pursuing a 3-level ADR surgery in Germany. His first step was contacting Ken Hiebert (Canadian patient liaison), Malte Petersen and our German Spine Specialists. The rest is history.
Diagnosis: Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) L3/4, L4/5 and L5/S1
Treatment Plan: Total Discectomy by anterior surgical approach and Lumbar disc replacement using the M6-L Disc.
Surgeon: Dr. Thomas Bierstedt (Senior Neurosurgeon)
Surgery Duration: 3 hours
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