This totally changed my life.

Baltimore, Maryland

How I injured my neck was I was actually painting my house, and I had to spackle a certain hole. I was sandpapering it down, and was constantly up in the air, up in the corner. I constantly had my neck up, looking, and I was there for hours. The next day, I woke up to a sharp pain in my neck.

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I’m back to doing everything I was doing before.

Salt Lake City, UT

I work as a school counselor at a junior high school. I love it. I love my job, I love working with kids this age. A school counselor is mainly there for the students to help them figure out what they’re doing in their future, help them to figure out what they want to do and the best way to get there.

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My life is wonderful, and I will tell everyone that.

Warsaw, Indiana

How I hurt my neck was I was watching TV and they were doing some yoga. I got down on the floor and was trying to do some of that stuff and then they broke to a commercial. While I was down there, I thought, “I wonder if I can still stand on my head like we used to do in school?” I get down on my head and start to raise my legs straight up, and as they got so high, the whole weight of my body came down on the back of my neck. I woke up that morning and the pain started. I think that nerve was pinched all the way down.

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Tyrone, Georgia

Initially in college, I played football for the army – United States Military Academy at West Point. My junior year, I got an MRI, because I kept on getting stingers down my right side. My team physician said, “There’s a chance that you might not be able to play your senior year.” That wasn’t an option. I had to play. I told the coach, “I’m fine, and I want to play,” so I did play.

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After surgery, I could really go back to my old routine.

Austin, Texas

Back before I had the surgery, I still had three small kids, so there was a lot of running around with Scouts and Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts – a lot of volunteering at the schools, doing a lot of sewing. We do a lot of Halloween costumes, and anytime the kids need something done for school or school plays or that type of thing…

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I could not be more pleased with my decision to have disc replacement surgery.

Peachtree City, GA

In January 2015, I was on a trip to Haiti. While at an orphanage playing with some of the children, I was doing push ups with children on my back. After a few push ups, I felt a shooting pain down my left arm. The pain went away about 15 minutes later and I did not think about it again.

Five days later, I arrived home and I woke up the first morning home in extreme pain. The pain was radiating down my left arm and causing numbness and tingling. I actually thought I might be having a heart attack. My wife rushed me to the hospital and they quickly realized I was not having a heart attack. Pain medications were administered to try to alleviate the pain but nothing was working. I spent the next two weeks in misery.

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I was referred by the emergency room team to Dr. Maurice Goins, at Resurgens Orthopaedics. Dr. Goins ordered an MRI but due to extreme claustrophobia I put it off and tried chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, and pain medications, over the course of the next several weeks - the whole time still in pain most of the time.

Ultimately, I did get an MRI which revealed and severe herniation in the C5/C6 cervical joint. After two failed epidural injections, I decided to go forward with the disc replacement surgery. The surgery was performed as an outpatient procedure on April 3, 2015. My surgery was almost an immediate success.

The day after surgery I walked about a mile and a half. By the next week, I was able to ride a stationary bike with no issue. By the end of the 4th week after surgery I began cautiously doing P90X3 workouts.

I have had 4 post-surgical check ups and things have been outstanding.

I could not be more pleased with my decision to have disc replacement surgery. Additionally, Dr. Goins and his team have been spectacular.

I returned to work and picked up where I left off prior to the pain setting in.

Chillicothe, OH

I wanted to share my Mobi-C story to inform potential recipients of how the implants changed my quality of life and how quickly I recovered from surgery.

About a week into January 2016, I started having an annoying left arm pain. After about 2 weeks, the pain became more intense, especially when I turned my head or rotated my neck which led me to believe the issue was in my neck. The pain was burning, searing, that later remained constant. Holding my arm above my head was the only position that helped.

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As a police detective and digital forensics examiner, the pain made it where I could not preform my duties. I could not examine/analyze potential criminal information/evidence or interview witnesses as pain made it too bothersome. Computer work and driving was the worst. Even my bosses could see I was hurting. I went to two Chiropractors. One Chiropractor adjusted my spine several times, which would temporarily relieve some of the pain, but it always returned. He also put me on a cervical traction machine, several times, but it did not help. My Chiropractor also suspected the problem was in my neck and ordered an MRI to confirm. The MRI showed two ruptured discs at C5&C6 and C6&C7 levels.

I then scheduled appointments with surgeons in the Greater Columbus Ohio area over a few weeks. I met with 3 different surgeons, all of which recommended physical therapy and more traction. If the therapy and traction did not resolve my pain, every surgeon recommended discectomy and fusion surgery. One surgeon said that after surgery, I would be in a neck brace for six weeks. Another said I would be braced for two weeks and then several weeks of limited activity. One surgeon prescribed steroid injections to lessen the pain so I would be able to do physical therapy. The first round of injections did not relieve my pain, but I still wanted to try physical therapy.

I met with the therapist at my Chiropractors office, who tried to perform exercises and massages on my neck, but the pain was too intense for me to complete the therapy. After 3 visits to the therapist, she pretty much told me there was nothing more she could do. I continued visits to the Chiropractor and traction. I even bought an expensive in-home traction unit and used it numerous times along with a cervical pillow. Nothing was helping.

At this point, it was over two months of constant searing pain. The pain grew more intense behind my shoulder, forearm and into my hand. I noticed my thumb, index and middle fingers were going numb. I felt my left arm becoming weaker. It got to the point where I could not sleep. If I did sleep it was on the couch because I did not want to keep my wife up all night by my constant tossing and turning. I used cushions to prop up my left arm, but elevating it stopped working. I wasn’t getting anything done around the house either. All I wanted to do after work was go home and try to sleep. All my outdoor hobbies had come to a halt.

I discussed the options with my wife and we both agreed that surgery was the only option left. I scheduled surgery with a surgeon in Columbus, which was two weeks before surgery took place. During that time, I did some more internet research and read about the Mobi-C replacement discs and how the devices were the only implants FDA approved for two-level disc replacement. I also read how studies have shown that replacement discs, especially two-level, is superior to fusion as there is no loss of motion and lessens the chance of adjacent disc degeneration.

Using the Mobi-C's website surgeon finder, I found the Mayfield Clinic in Cincinnati Ohio had several skilled neurosurgeons implanting the device. I then forwarded my information to Dr. William Tobler with Mayfield Clinic, who reviewed my MRI and schedule an appointment promptly.

At my appointment, Dr. Tobler wasted no time telling me that since all conservative treatments have failed, it was time for surgery. He showed me a model of the Mobi-C, and said he would replace both ruptured discs with the device. He said recovery time is much quicker and I would not have to wear a neck brace. Without hesitating, I told Dr. Tobler and his staff to schedule surgery.

My insurance would have to approve the surgery before they proceeded. Since artificial discs, especially two level replacement, is a newer procedure, I was worried my insurance would reject the surgery. A few days later, I received a call from Dr. Tobler's office, who said the insurance approved the surgery and they could schedule it right away.

The scheduler said the first open date was April 6th, which is my birthday. I discussed it briefly with my wife, and we agreed that if the Mobi-C implants relieved me of my pain, numbness and weakness, AND I would recover much quicker, it would be the best birthday gift ever. On my birthday (3 months after the onset of pain) , my wife drove me to the Christ Spine Surgery Center and I was prepped for surgery.
 

Dr. Tobler came in and explained he would be making an incision in the front of the neck to access my spine. He said he would move my wind pipe and esophagus to the side, which would probably result in a sore throat when I woke up. I was wheeled into surgery and put under anesthetic. When I woke up, I felt the incision and neck and both shoulders and upper back were very sore, but I felt fine. I remember picking up the remote to change the room TV channel with my left hand, and to my amazement my left arm pain was almost all gone. I told my wife and we both smiled. When I turned my head, the pain the radiated from shoulder to my hand was also gone. During my overnight stay, my shoulders remained sore and it hurt to swallow, but it was manageable.

That morning, I ate breakfast and was released a few hours later. During the next week, my shoulders and upper back were sore. It was bothersome to swallow, but that went away after about 4 days. The incision was held together by glue and inner stitches. With all of that, I was still able to rotate my neck, shower, eat, walk, etc without problems.

My arm pain was gone. Some numbness and weakness persisted, but that went away after about 3 weeks. Two weeks after surgery, I was able to attend a two-week out of state computer forensic course. After that, I returned to work and picked up where I left off prior to the pain setting in. Fishing, yard work, running with our dogs or whatever my wife assigns me to do was back on my "to do list."
 

A month after surgery, I had a follow up appointment with Dr.Tobler, who examined me and felt I was healing well. Yesterday, I had another follow-up appointment and Xrays were taken of my neck and Dr. Tobler was pleased with the images and how the Mobi-C were seated.

A resident neurosurgeon, Dr. Krueger, advised me that I was the first two-level disc replacement patient he has seen. In closing, I am extremely pleased with the results of my Mobi-C replacement discs. Not only do you preserve your range of motion, but it minimizes the risk of adjacent discs degenerating prematurely. Plus, after surgery, there is no neck brace to wear and recovery is a breeze. Thank you for giving me a chance to share my story.

I have plenty of races left to run, yoga to do, and a life to live without a fusion getting in my way.

Midland Park, New Jersey

I am ecstatic to share my story, in hopes that it helps anyone trying to make this decision just a little bit easier. I am a happy, healthy, active 28-year-old. I've been blessed my whole life to be so healthy and able to be so active. As someone who loves the outdoors, teaches and practices yoga daily, enjoys trail running, hiking, OCR, CrossFit, and so much more, finding out I needed spine surgery was not the easiest thing to swallow. How does a yoga instructor end up needing spine surgery?! The spine is top priority for every pose and transition, so how on earth did I manage to injure it? There was no time to worry and wonder these things.

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I was in unbearable pain from severe nerve compression, spinal stenosis, etc. I was losing muscle function and feeling down my left arm to my fingertips, and my upper back muscles were stuck in a spasm from the stress in my spine that I could not move. I did not have any obvious, loud symptoms leading up to the day I woke up in pain unable to move. After treatment with chiros, a Physiologist, physical therapy, acupuncture, etc, I went for my MRI as my nerve symptoms were worsening.

After my MRI in November 2016, I was recommended to head to the hospital for emergency surgery. I knew in my gut I needed to pause and do my research for the best option for my lifestyle. I had 4 compromised discs. Two bulges at C3-4, C4-5, a moderate herniation at C5-6, and a severe herniation causing all the radiating pain at C6-7. The thought of a fusion left me feeling very uncomfortable. With my lifestyle, I knew a fusion would get in the way in the future, and knowing the potential need for future surgeries due to failure or problems was way too high for my comfort. Being so young and active, I needed to know all of my options. Then I found the Mobi-C disc. I did my research, reading as many medical reports as I could find, and speaking to surgeons.

My C6-7 Mobi-C surgery was only 33 days ago, and I cannot believe I'm already out of my neck brace and in Physical Therapy on the road to recovery. My left arm feels great and we're working on gaining strength back! I know I still have a road of recovery ahead, and to be mindful and cautious of my new neck, but getting back to where I was and even stronger is very important to me. I can confidently say that the Mobi-C disc is the key factor in allowing me to do exactly that. I have plenty of races left to run, yoga to do, and a life to live without a fusion getting in my way. I want to graciously thank the team who created this miracle, and my neurosurgeon who gave me another chance at feeling healthy!

If you keep things moving that’s better, if you don’t keep things moving that’s not as good.

Saint Paul, Minnesota

With the Mobi-C Cervical Disc he got back to his truck driving in six weeks.

Dallas, Texas

This is an exciting opportunity for patients.

Austin Texas

To treat two levels with motion, appeals to patients, appeals to us.

Plano, Texas

Maintaining the mobility in the neck is really important.

Laguna Hills, California

If you fuse the spine, you put extra stresses on levels above or below that may result in surgery later.

Orlando, Florida

Results will vary due to health, weight, activity and other variables.  Not all patients are candidates for this product and/or procedure. Appropriate post-operative activities will differ from patient to patient. For product information, including indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, potential adverse effects and patient counselling information of LDR Holding Inc., a division of Zimmer Biomet products, visit www.ldr.com.  All content herein is protected by copyright, trademarks and other intellectual property rights, as applicable, owned by or licensed to Zimmer Biomet or its affiliates unless otherwise indicated, and must not be redistributed, duplicated or disclosed, in whole or in part, without the express written consent of Zimmer Biomet. 


Results will vary due to health, weight, activity and other variables. Not all patients are candidates for this product and/or procedure. Appropriate post-operative activities will differ from patient to patient. For product information, including indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, potential adverse effects and patient counselling information of LDR Holding Inc., a division of Zimmer Biomet products, visit www.ldr.com. All content herein is protected by copyright, trademarks and other intellectual property rights, as applicable, owned by or licensed to Zimmer Biomet or its affiliates unless otherwise indicated, and must not be redistributed, duplicated or disclosed, in whole or in part, without the express written consent of Zimmer Biomet.