I hope you can be neutral in your beliefs and to be open to some education.
I have taken care of many patients from Europe and those with discal implants are the ones that I have seen that are unhappy. I am sure all are not unhappy but i see the failures and you need to be realistic. Implanted disc replacement material like discogel has demonstrated to fail in the same manner that herniated discs fail and possibly at a much higher rate.
Go back to the Thalidomide scandal to understand how Europe’s data sometimes can be skewed. Not all information that Europe produces is accurate. I do agree that products can be approved faster but you must take the information with a grain of salt.
In regard to Medtronics, I have received no money for use of products or any studies regarding their surgical products and Infuse. None-the-less, I am a big proponent of their products. I have been operating on the lumbar spine for more than 25 years and have been in spine for more than 35 years and think that Infuse is one of the most important breakthroughs in the last 20 years. Customer service from Medtronics is second to none and that is what you want in an operating room.
I see “failed spine surgery” cases every day. About 40% of my practice are new patients suffering from this problem. There are many causes as you can read under “Failed spine surgery correction” and fusion failure is a small part of them. The biggest portion is wrong diagnosis and poor patient selection/education.
I do receive payments from Medtronics for educating surgeons on the use of O-Arm and Stealth technology which are in my opinion, one of the other important breakthroughs that has occurred in spine surgery in the last 20 years. All proceeds go to research.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.