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

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.

Over the next two years Fabian showed some good results with physiotherapy, however was making sacrifices with his work and quality of life. In this time he had 3 set backs. He reached the point where conservative treatment was no longer effective.

One of the remarkable distinctions in Fabian’s case is he developed a “lateral shift” in his back. He clearly leant to the left or the right when standing and walking. At times it was near impossible for him to stand straight without bracing himself.

He contacted SkyGen directly and we helped him with an assessment of his case by Dr. Thomas Bierstedt and Dr. Bernd Illerhaus of the ONZ Centre in Dusseldorf. He knew their reputation for motion-preserving spine surgery and wanted to see if he was a candidate. He was diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease in L4/5 and L5/S1.

Our surgeons advised for a total discectomy by anterior surgical approach and M6-L Disc Replacement at L4/5 and L5/S1.

We assisted Fabian with his pre-travel tests organised through his trusted GP, and he soon received the “Green Light” from the surgeons in Germany and he was given clearance to proceed with the trip.

Click to watch the video on Fabian’s experience in Germany…

After we posted this video we received an email from Adriana, Fabian’s support partner. She had one extra special part she wanted to include

Hi Jake & Skygen Team,

There is another thing we didn’t mention. You may choose to add it to your web site if you like but don’t have to. We are very grateful to Dr Bierstedt that he persevered with Fabian’s surgery. He exchanged that normally it takes 1-2 hours for double ADR. But Fabian’s took 3.5 hours. Why? due to Fabian’s unusual blood vessels location. At 1 of the levels (not sure which one, either L4/L5 or L5/S1) it was difficult to push vessels aside… that caused excessive bleeding. His blood was collected, cleaned and put back in his body using their Cell Saver device – how amazing is that! ☆☆☆☆☆ That is why we are so grateful that surgeon (and his colleagues present) didn’t give up on him, but he continued even through this complication and saved him.

Thank you again for everything.

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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