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If It's Good Enough For Europe . . .

Posted by John Kuhnlein | May 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

The most common way surgeons in America deal with bad discs in the lumbar spine is fusion. This procedure is pretty much what it sounds like: a doctor will force the spine into one, contiguous piece and two or more levels. Doctors have been doing this for a long time. Some people get good relief. But, the procedure can also cause problems. One of the main ones, provided that fusion takes, is that the spine tends to wear out above and below the site of the operation. This makes sense given that every other part of the spine is in motion and one section is not. So now there is talk of bringing artificial discs to the US.  The idea here is to avoid fusion and allow the bad discs to retain their ability to move.  This is still a complex surgery with all the attendant risks.  It may be too soon to know what the long-term consequences are of disc replacement. It may be one more thing to discuss with your doctor if you are contemplating surgery. Remember, though, there is probably a good reason why this is still considered experimental. Just because an idea is foreign does not mean it is better or has some special cachet.

You can watch a new video about the procedure here.

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John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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