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    Fusion vs artificial disc
    Repo76 posted:
    Has anyone heard the pro's and con's of artificial discs? I am in the process of scheduling surgery on my L5/S1, (long and painful road to get to this decision), and the specialist I am seeing strongly suggests the fusion with hardware opposed to putting in an artificial insert. He feels in my line of work the fake disc will not hold up, and he fears it will create more issues in the long run then the fusion. I know I am supposed to be more careful from here on out, and I trust him fully, but just looking to see what others may have heard.
    bj1208 responded:
    Hi and welcome to the support group -

    not sure if any member really has studied much on the differences and/or knows much about it -

    here is a site with some good info -

    best thing to do is a GOOGLE search for on both along with pro's and con's - the results will give you some articles etc to read

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