Patient Stories

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Our patients searched far and wide to compare the best solutions from around the world. By personality they are savvy, headstrong and independent, and did not settle for the first medical opinion they received. They share their photos and videos, so everyone can see what having spine treatment overseas is really like. All patients in this section are part of our support network, available to talk with approved candidates. They carry our flag because of what we did for them in their time of need.

My Spine Surgery Journey by John Appleton

John is a healthy and active 70-year-old from Auckland, New Zealand. He first contacted us in mid-2019 for a second opinion after being advised locally for a spine fusion, which he wanted to avoid if possible. We guided John through our remote assessment process to ensure our surgeons received all the correct diagnostics they needed. […]
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Jason’s Surgery Video: 4 Discs Replaced with Dr. Bernd Illerhaus

  The video above contains footage of Jason’s actual surgery (beginning at 19:46). Meet Jason Wimmer, a 48 year old building inspector from Melbourne, Australia. He and wife Hilary live on a large acreage and enjoy their outdoor lifestyle with their family of six. His spine journey began after an outdoor accident in early 2017. […]
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From Florida to Bangkok for OLIF Spine Surgery (Poolside Interview)

  Steve is a healthy and active 64-year-old from Florida in the USA. We caught up with him for an interview just eight days after his OLIF spine surgery in Thailand. Steve contacted Spine Connection in mid-2019 looking for an extra opinion for his painful lower back. He had tried all means of physiotherapy, injections […]
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Why this NZ Family Man chose Artificial Disc Replacement in Germany (Joel’s Story)

Joel is a 50-year-old Company Director from Auckland, New Zealand. He first injured his back 28 years ago, and after a serious prolapse in early 2017, was told he needed a spinal fusion.
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Life-changing Spine Surgery with Dr. Bierstedt in Germany (Actual Surgery Footage)

Jason is a 46-year-old manual labourer from New South Wales, Australia. After a workplace fall he suffered in pain for 5 years.
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Canadian Firefighter’s 3-level Disc Replacement (Mike’s Story)

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. Watch his story here...
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Craig’s Journey with M6 Artificial Disc Replacement in Germany

Craig is a 32-year-old Mercedes Benz mechanic based in Melbourne, Australia. He had been suffering with pain from Lumbar (L4/L5 and L5/S1) Degenerative Disc Disease for 10 years.
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12 Days after Artificial Disc Replacement in Germany (Sue’s Story)

As a former Gym Owner and Aerobics Instructor, by the time Sue reached her 49th birthday she’d put her back through more physical activity than most would in two lifetimes.
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4 Spinal Discs Replaced in the Same Surgery (Savant’s Story)

Savant contacted 15 doctors in 7 countries after multiple previous spine surgeries didn’t help him. See why he chose Spine Connection and ONZ Germany. On the first day we met he arrived with a walking cane, and we assisted him every step of the way.
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Young Fitness Instructor’s M6 Disc Replacement in Germany (Taran’s Story)

Taran is a 36-year-old Fitness Instructor from New Zealand. He first contacted us in early June, 2017. His very first enquiry was all too familiar for us:
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My 2-Level Disc Replacement to stand straight again (Fabian’s Story)

Fabian is 45 and lives in Sydney, Australia. His lower back pain began in mid-2015 and quickly progressed. Later that year, his local neurosurgeons told him he wasn’t a candidate for surgery, and to continue with physiotherapy.
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Why this Florida Fitness Instructor Travelled to Germany for Lumbar ADR (Linda’s Story)

Linda wanted to avoid spinal fusion and would only accept Spinal Disc Replacement from the most experienced surgeons using the most advanced disc implants.
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My 3-Level Spine Surgery in Germany (Ronn’s Story)

Ronn is a 46 year old extreme endurance athlete from Alice Springs in Central Australia. At 192cm he is taller than most, and enjoys competitive mountain biking and road cycling.
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Commercial Pilot back in the skies after Spinal Disc Replacement in Germany (Jeff’s Story)

Jeff is a 48-year-old commercial airline pilot from New Zealand. Due to his degenerative lower back pain and discomfort while seated for long periods, he was unable to continue the career he loved.
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New Zealand Nurse Avoids Spine Fusion Thanks to German Spine Specialists (Robyn’s Story)

Robyn is a former ICU Nurse based in Port Nelson, New Zealand. She contacted us in June 2015 for a third opinion regarding her debilitating spine condition.
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“Mum & Dad, I’m leaving New Zealand for Spine Surgery in Germany” (Jamie’s Story)

Jamie is a 36-year-old family man from New Zealand. He contacted us in September 2015, after 10+ years of pain caused by a Skiing accident when he was younger.
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Why Steve chose Germany for Artificial Disc Replacement (Steve’s Story).

Steve is a 46 year old Company Director from Christchurch, New Zealand. He injured his lower back in a gym accident in 2013, describing the immediate pain as an “electric shock”.
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Disc Replacement with Dr. Illerhaus: Why I Chose Germany for Surgery Again (Carmen’s Story)

After already leaving Texas (USA) for a Total Hip Replacement in Germany, Carmen was no stranger to their high level of orthopaedic care. This time she made the journey for Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR or TDR) with Dr. Bernd Illerhaus.
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My Experience with M6 ADR Surgery in Germany (Mohammad’s Story)

Mohammad first contact us in July 2016, from Melbourne Australia, with his good friend Ali. They were both destined to have the exact same surgery in Germany on the same day.
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Young 24-year-olds Experience with Spinal Disc Replacement in Germany (Ali’s Story)

Ali is one of our younger patients who travelled to Germany for ADR. He is strong willed and travelled with his good friend Mohammad who also had surgery on the same day.
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