Monday, October 4, 2010

Phone Consultation with Mr. Boeree about the M6-L and Possible Surgery (UK doctor that works with the M6-L)

After meeting with Dr. Zigler at the Texas Back Institute and a failed Epidural Steroid Injection, I went on and contacted Mr. Nick Boeree. He was one of the leading surgeons for the Charite and the Prodisc, and now has moved on to being one of the primary researchers for the M6.

I paid for the phone consultation (About $400) and got a call from him at exactly the time we specified. We started talking about my scans, my symptoms, prior treatments, etc. He said I might have an extra vertebrae that he needs to confirm with an X-Ray, but this is only to adjust the surgical technique. He also said my L5 disc is a little small and might be the reason why my L4/L5 disc failed.

After that we dove into his prior experience, which is tremendously exhaustive. He said he switched over to the M6 simply because it's an amazing disc that works! He said he has no monetary interest in it, and he has had tremendous success with it.

I asked about durability of the M6, so we talked about the mechanics of the M6 and the testing it went through. He said it is built to last a lifetime and went on to explain how they did the testing: they actually simulated a body environment, temperature, liquids, everything, and then did 100 million ultra flexions (meaning more flexion with more force than the body will ever do) and the disc only showed minimum wear and tear. he says our body does 2 or 3 a day so it should, theoretically, last a lifetime.. but he said they haven't been installed in a lifetime so he can't guarantee anything. Regardless, he said he switched to the M6 because it's superior, and he's had amazing results.

We also talked about the Ranier CA disc. He said he doesn't really trust the technology because he's worried about bonding to the vertebrae and the walls of the rubber disc that have been show to crack or tear sometimes.

He recommended that I stay in the UK for at least a week after surgery. But I said I have no problems staying more than a week, and he was very happy about it because he's very serious about post-operative care and screening.

I asked about core-strengthening exercises before surgery in order to be better off after surgery. He said I had very good muscles around there already so it wasn't necessary, and regardless he said I could hurt myself further and compress the disc too much right now, so he said no.

He also explained that chemicals coming out of my disc might be a cause for pain. When I walk around too much they get squeezed and secrete chemicals that cause irritation on the nerves. This actually explains the two different kinds of pains that I have, the jolts down my leg when I sit, and the numbing pain when I stand for too long.

Other than that, it was just a matter of deciding what to do. He recommended the surgery and said it would help me. He told I should think it over, but I said I knew I was going to get surgery eventually so I'm going for it.

I'm scheduled for surgery late October or Early November!

1 comment:

  1. Mike:
    You’re an idiot! You’re a young man. How long have you been hurt for 10 months? Do not do the surgery; it’s not necessary at this point. The disc will eventually heal. Look into physical therapy and do light cardio. The disc is made of hard fibrous material and probably has an annular tear which is causing the slight bulge you do have. With time and proper physical therapy i.e. Mackenzie technique and Core Stabilization and light cardio to increase you blood flow to your lumbar region and you will start to feel better. These tears do heal, but not as strong as before. This process is slow, I know, I have gone through it before and it sucks it might take a year or two, but trust me your better off letting it heal naturally. I have two levels were here is damage to the cartilage. Besides physical therapy the stem cell treatment and PRP injections would be the best option to continue.
    Continue the conservative methods: Keep swimming and using ice/heat. Plus add the Mackenzie Technique and Core Stabilization and light cardio. The worst thing you can do is lying in bed for extended periods of time. Avoid bending over, try and keep your posture at all times. The doctors are wrong it will heal naturally it just takes time. The way to heal tissue is not by cutting it out and replacing it with metal, you need to repair the tissue that is damaged and correct the reason it was caused. Proper spinal posture.
    To me it looks like you have a hypo lordotic lumbar spinal curve, you need a little more curvature in you spinal. You can correct that through postural stretches and physical therapy.