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My 2-Level Disc Replacement to Stand Straight Again (Fabian’s Story)

M6 Disc Replacement in Germany (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...

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Why this NZ Family Man chose Artificial Disc Replacement in Germany (Joel’s Story)

M6 Total Disc Replacement in Germany with Dr. Bierstedt

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...

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My 3-Level Spine Surgery in Germany (Ronn’s Story)

Extreme Sports after M6 Disc Replacement in Germany

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...

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Is TOPS Total Lumbar Facet Replacement also superior to spine fusion?

TOPS Total Lumbar Facet Replacement Surgery

The short answer is YES. The TOPS Total Lumbar Facet Replacement system is a new and exciting development for patients wanting to avoid restrictive lumbar spine surgery. This new...

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12 Days after Artificial Disc Replacement in Germany (Sue’s Story)

12 days after Artificial Disc Replacement in Germany

Sue contacted SkyGen in early May 2017. She had been suffering with Degenerative Disc Disease of her lower lumbar spine, including local and referred nerve pain. After seeing 3...

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Why Steve chose SkyGen for Spine Surgery in Germany

M6 Artificial Disc Replacement in Germany (SkyGen)

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...

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When Spine Surgery doesn’t go to plan

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Insider information your spine surgeon probably won’t tell you? Every month we receive hundreds of enquiries from patients wanting more information on our spine surgery options in Germany. They...

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New Zealand pilot travels to Germany for Artificial Disc Replacement

M6 Disc Replacement ADR Germany

Jeff is a 48 year old commercial airline pilot from New Zealand. He was diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) at the bottom two levels of his lumbar spine,...

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Craig’s Journey with 2-Level Artificial Disc Replacement in Germany

Craig with Dr. Bierstedt after 2 level artificial disc replacement in Germany.

Craig called SkyGen in August 2016. He was a 32-year-old mechanic based in Melbourne, Australia. He had been suffering with Lumbar (L4/L5 and L5/S1) Degenerative Disc Disease for 10...

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2-Year Waiting List Sees Aussie Couple Fly to Thailand for Orthopaedic Surgery

Chris and Christine are an Australian couple aged 74 and 59, respectively. They called SkyGen after speaking with one of our previous patients, Nanette, who happened to be a...

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Queensland Man has Total Hip Replacement in Thailand

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Ronald and his wife Cathy enquired with us at the end of 2015 about Total Hip Replacement surgery. Ronald is 69 and leads an active lifestyle, working in a...

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Public Surgery Waiting Lists See Ageing Patients Leave Australia

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The healthcare systems in Australia have their strengths and weaknesses. This year, elective surgery waiting times were one weakness addressed by QLD’s state Liberal leader Campbell Newman before his...

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Mum & Dad, I’m leaving New Zealand for Spine Surgery in Germany

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Jamie is a 36 year old male from New Zealand, who contacted us in September 2015. After a traumatic skiing injury when he was younger, Jamie’s lower back continued...

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Causes of Joint Pain: Osteoarthritis

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As of 2012, around 1.8 million Australians were suffering from osteoarthritis (8% of the nation’s population or 1 in every 12 people). Between the ages of 55-64, one in...

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New Zealand Nurse Avoids Spinal Fusion with German Spine Specialists

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Robyn is a lovely 51 year old woman based in Port Nelson, New Zealand. She contacted SkyGen in June 2015 looking for a third opinion regarding her debilitating spinal...

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German Disc Replacement: Sixty-one International Patients at Record-setting Reunion

Artificial Disc Replacement Patients

  On 7 June 2015 SkyGen Australia proudly announced our new partnership with the ONZ Centre in Dusseldorf, Germany. This partnership created the perfect opportunity to make world-leading motion-preserving...

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Not that kind of doctor: Medical researcher bridging the gap between healthcare systems

Dan Donner

Having spent ten years of study to become a doctor, Griffith University’s most recent export explains a grander vision than treating Australia’s healthcare issues one patient at a time....

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Patient FAQ’s: Spinal Surgery in Germany

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Here’s what you need to know: SkyGen specialises in organising medical travel for Australian, New Zealand, South African & Singaporean patients looking for advanced motion-preserving spine surgery Our German Spine...

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What happens to the patient records of Medical Travellers?

SkyVault Medical History Systems

Here’s what you need to know: Serious joint surgery patients require ongoing care after they return home Unfortunately it’s rare for interstate or overseas doctors to collaborate or share...

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Aussie Expat Receives Knee Replacement in Bangkok

Thailand knee replacement patient

Originally from Brisbane, Nanette is 65 and resides in Vanuatu. As with many Aussie expats, she isn’t covered by the Australian public healthcare system. This email testimonial (below) and...

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