12 Days after Artificial Disc Replacement in Germany (Sue's Story) - SkyGen

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

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 Australian spine surgeons she was told she either required a 2-level spine fusion or she could have a motion-preserving solution with another model of artificial disc over two separate surgeries.

We helped sue receive an assessment from our senior neurosurgeons in Germany, and they confirmed she was a candidate for L4/5 and L5/S1 Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR) with the very latest M6 Disc by Spinal Kinetics. This model is superior from older generations of artificial discs because it can move in 6 directions, including shock absorption, with an external sheath to protect the patient from wear debris. The M6 disc implant can accurately replicate the movement of a natural healthy spinal disc, and can safely be used at up to 3 levels of the lumbar spine or 4 levels in the cervical spine. Our surgeons Dr. Thomas Bierstedt and Dr. Bernd Illerhaus are very experienced in performing multi-level interventions within the same surgery procedure.

After Sue received her Surgical Recommendation we put her in touch with some of our other Australian patients who travelled to Germany for the same 2-level surgery, and they were able to share their experience from their own perspective. When patients are considering travelling overseas for surgery it’s so important to have this option and we are so grateful to have all of our patient references.

Within 4 weeks Sue was travelling to Germany for her surgery with Dr. Thomas Bierstedt. We coordinated her entire trip from start to finish.

Sue sent us this video (below) while she was recovering at Medicos Aufschalke, Europe’s largest rehab centre


Sue is very happy with her outcome and has offered to be a future patient reference. We will be updating this page with more on her story after she returns to Australia.

Have you received a diagnosis or been recommended for spinal surgery?

Contact SkyGen today with any questions, and our team are happy to assist you. So far we’ve helped patients travel from Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Singapore and South Africa to Germany for motion-preserving spine surgery. We are experts at coordinating every little detail of the medical travel journey from start to finish.

*Please read: Although the information provided on this page may describe a particular patient experience and/or outcome, readers must understand that each patient presents with a unique medical history and may be recommended a different treatment/surgery by their surgeon to that described above. Individual results may vary between surgery centre/hospital, surgeon, surgery type and patient. Although SkyGen agrees to share all updates from patients at their request, SkyGen does not endorse any physical activities attempted by patients following surgery which do not follow the explicit instructions provided by their surgeon. SkyGen encourages all patients to discuss the risks of such activities with medical professionals before attempting these themselves.

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