After reading this please keep in mind that all treatment and outcome results are specific to the individual patient. Results may vary. Complications, such as infection, blood loss, or nerve damage are some of the potential adverse risks of spinal surgery. Please consult your physician for a complete list of indications, warnings, precautions, adverse events, clinical results, and other important medical information.

The materials on this website are for general educational purposes only. Information you read on this website cannot replace the relationship that you have with your healthcare professional. We do not practice medicine or provide medical services or advice as a part of this website. You should always talk to your healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment.

Marie's Balloon Kyphoplasty Story

"I went in and [the neurosurgeon] said 'boy, are you a candidate for the kypho procedure.' And within two days I had it done."

The complication for KYPHON® Balloon Kyphoplasty has been demonstrated to be low. There are risks associated with the procedure, including serious complications, and though rare, some of which may be fatal. These include, but are not limited to heart attack, cardiac arrest (heart stops beating), stroke, and embolism (blood, fat or cement that migrates to the lungs, heart, or brain). Other complications include infection and leakage of bone cement into the muscle and tissue. Cement leakage into the blood vessels may result in damage to the blood vessels, lungs, heart, and/or brain. Cement leakage into the area surrounding the spinal cord may result in nerve injury that can, in rare instances, cause paralysis. A prescription is required. Please consult your physician for a complete list of indications, contraindications, benefits, and risks. Only you and your physician can determine whether this procedure is right for you.

Marie's Balloon Kyphoplasty Story

"I went in and [the neurosurgeon] said 'boy, are you a candidate for the kypho procedure.' And within two days I had it done."




Troy’s Decompression Story

"About seven years ago I was diagnosed with two slipped discs. I was working for a trucking company while I was in college, and I hurt my back. The slipped discs were at the L4-L5 level and the L5-S1 level. The L4-L5 was operated on while I was in college."

After reading this please keep in mind that all treatment and outcome results are specific to the individual patient. Results may vary. Complications, such as infection, blood loss, or nerve damage are some of the potential adverse risks of spinal surgery. Please consult your physician for a complete list of indications, warnings, precautions, adverse events, clinical results, and other important medical information.

The materials on this website are for general educational purposes only. Information you read on this website cannot replace the relationship that you have with your healthcare professional. We do not practice medicine or provide medical services or advice as a part of this website. You should always talk to your healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment.

Troy’s Decompression Story

Troy

"About seven years ago I was diagnosed with two slipped discs. I was working for a trucking company while I was in college, and I hurt my back. The slipped discs were at the L4-L5 level and the L5-S1 level. The L4-L5 was operated on while I was in college.

"The other slipped disc level was not causing me any pain. But about five years later, I was playing golf and the minute I felt that back pain, I knew what it was. It was the same pain that I felt before. So, I called Dr. Maurice Smith at Semmes-Murphey Clinic and scheduled an appointment. He prescribed some pain medication, and we tried some conservative treatments, such as physical therapy. Then about three weeks later he took an MRI and said that he would need to operate.

"Dr. Smith scheduled a different surgery than the one I had earlier. This minimally invasive spine surgery would be done through a small incision with the METRx® System. I went to the hospital around noon, the surgery started around three, and I was back at home at eight o'clock, with reduced pain. I took the next day off from work. I was back in the office Monday and that following Friday left for a 10-week trip in Europe.

"With the microscopic procedure using the METRx System, I only had to have an epidural after the surgery. The major difference between the two is instead of making a large incision and cutting through the large back muscle, the surgeon makes a small incision and uses tubes, gradually adding one on top of the other until he is able to do the surgery. There is no cutting of the back muscle."

There are some risks associated with minimally invasive spine surgery, including transitioning to a conventional open procedure, neurological damage, damage to the surrounding soft tissue, and where used, instrument malfunction. Most of these complications can be treated once they are detected, but sometimes they require a longer period of hospitalization or recovery, additional medications, and sometimes even additional surgery.

It is important that you discuss the potential risks, complications, and benefits of the METRx® System with your doctor prior to receiving treatment, and that you rely on your physician's judgment. Only your doctor can determine whether you are a suitable candidate for this treatment.

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Rob's Targeted Drug Delivery Story

Hear from others who have struggled along a pain journey and see how they found relief.

This story recounts the experience of a patient who is receiving Medtronic targeted drug delivery for the treatment of chronic pain. Medtronic invited him/her to share his/her story candidly. Please bear in mind that the experiences are specific to this particular person.

Rob's Targeted Drug Delivery Story

As a young married man in his mid-twenties, Rob was working as a pipefitter. He was helping to bring a heavy hot-water boiler into an older home when the steps gave way. In Rob's words, he "held on a little bit too long" and ruptured three discs in his back.

Rob developed chronic pain after his accident in 1981. It was devastating. His social life deteriorated and he found it difficult to work.

Over a 20-year period, Rob and his doctors tried injections, physical therapy, and a TENS unit. He also had multiple back surgeries and took prescription oral medications.

Discovering drug delivery therapy
Until Rob started receiving drug delivery therapy, the side effects from his oral pain medications negatively affected him and those around him. "The best way to describe it is they [oral pain medications] ‘muddy up the water’ as far as thinking and being myself. It changes your personality. I knew there was a difference. My employer saw a difference. My family saw a difference and that was...hard."

While Rob did not have any complications, there are risks associated with the procedure. The most frequently reported problems following drug infusion system implant surgery include infection, spinal fluid leak, pump inversion, skin erosion, drug side effects, loss of therapy effect, and therapy that did not meet the patient's expectations. For a complete list of adverse events that have been associated with the therapy, please refer to the Important Safety Information.

“It’s a great relief to be back and productive again”
Now, thanks to drug delivery therapy from Medtronic, Rob has rejoined his life in many ways.

"My family life has just gotten so much better. We've been able to do things we never thought we'd be able to do again," Rob says. "My work life has also changed dramatically. It's a great relief to be back and productive again."



After reading this please keep in mind that all treatment and outcome results are specific to the individual patient. Results may vary. Complications, such as infection, blood loss, or nerve damage are some of the potential adverse risks of spinal surgery. Please consult your physician for a complete list of indications, warnings, precautions, adverse events, clinical results, and other important medical information.

The materials on this website are for general educational purposes only. Information you read on this website cannot replace the relationship that you have with your healthcare professional. We do not practice medicine or provide medical services or advice as a part of this website. You should always talk to your healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment.

Mike's Spinal Fusion Story

“The back pain had curtailed all the things I wanted to do. After having spine surgery, I’m back to where I want to be. I’m active and starting to play golf again.”

Mike's Spinal Fusion Story

“The back pain had curtailed all the things I wanted to do. After having spine surgery, I’m back to where I want to be. I’m active and starting to play golf again.”


After reading this please keep in mind that all treatment and outcome results are specific to the individual patient. Results may vary. Complications, such as infection, blood loss, or nerve damage are some of the potential adverse risks of spinal surgery. Please consult your physician for a complete list of indications, warnings, precautions, adverse events, clinical results, and other important medical information.

The materials on this website are for general educational purposes only. Information you read on this website cannot replace the relationship that you have with your healthcare professional. We do not practice medicine or provide medical services or advice as a part of this website. You should always talk to your healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment.

Sam's Balloon Kyphoplasty Story

"The next morning I woke up, and it's probably the best I'd felt in seven or eight months. Maybe even a year."

The complication for KYPHON® Balloon Kyphoplasty has been demonstrated to be low. There are risks associated with the procedure, including serious complications, and though rare, some of which may be fatal. These include, but are not limited to heart attack, cardiac arrest (heart stops beating), stroke, and embolism (blood, fat or cement that migrates to the lungs, heart, or brain). Other complications include infection and leakage of bone cement into the muscle and tissue. Cement leakage into the blood vessels may result in damage to the blood vessels, lungs, heart, and/or brain. Cement leakage into the area surrounding the spinal cord may result in nerve injury that can, in rare instances, cause paralysis. A prescription is required. Please consult your physician for a complete list of indications, contraindications, benefits, and risks. Only you and your physician can determine whether this procedure is right for you.

Sam's Balloon Kyphoplasty Story

"The next morning I woke up, and it's probably the best I'd felt in seven or eight months. Maybe even a year."


After reading this please keep in mind that all treatment and outcome results are specific to the individual patient. Results may vary. Complications, such as infection, blood loss, or nerve damage are some of the potential adverse risks of spinal surgery. Please consult your physician for a complete list of indications, warnings, precautions, adverse events, clinical results, and other important medical information.

The materials on this website are for general educational purposes only. Information you read on this website cannot replace the relationship that you have with your healthcare professional. We do not practice medicine or provide medical services or advice as a part of this website. You should always talk to your healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment.

Naomi's Balloon Kyphoplasty Story

"I can get out and walk — walked around the blocks. I walked around two blocks!"

The complication for KYPHON® Balloon Kyphoplasty has been demonstrated to be low. There are risks associated with the procedure, including serious complications, and though rare, some of which may be fatal. These include, but are not limited to heart attack, cardiac arrest (heart stops beating), stroke, and embolism (blood, fat or cement that migrates to the lungs, heart, or brain). Other complications include infection and leakage of bone cement into the muscle and tissue. Cement leakage into the blood vessels may result in damage to the blood vessels, lungs, heart, and/or brain. Cement leakage into the area surrounding the spinal cord may result in nerve injury that can, in rare instances, cause paralysis. A prescription is required. Please consult your physician for a complete list of indications, contraindications, benefits, and risks. Only you and your physician can determine whether this procedure is right for you.

Naomi's Balloon Kyphoplasty Story

"I can get out and walk — walked around the blocks. I walked around two blocks!"



David's Targeted Drug Delivery Story

Hear from others who have struggled along a pain journey and see how they found relief.

This story recounts the experience of a patient who is receiving Medtronic targeted drug delivery for the treatment of chronic pain. Medtronic invited him/her to share his/her story candidly. Please bear in mind that the experiences are specific to this particular person.

David's Targeted Drug Delivery Story

For his entire life, David was active and liked to work hard. An avid distance runner, he regularly logged 30 to 50 miles per week. Professionally, he was the principal of a special education school for children with disabilities.

Then, one morning his life changed. "I woke up on January 13, 1983, with excruciating back pain," David recalls. "I crawled to the car and was taken to the emergency room. I was hospitalized and diagnosed with a disc herniation at three levels. I had a laminectomy and a posterior fusion."

Despite the surgery, David's pain in his lower back and left leg was relentless. Any movement—including bending backward or forward—sent a shock of electricity down his back to his toes and took his breath away. He continued to work but gave up all exercise. As a result, David became depressed.

"It was very hard on my family," David says. "But I never felt hopeless because I knew my doctor was determined to help me."

David tried every treatment option available to him, including medications that did not relieve the pain and made him feel sleepy. In 1988, he tried an early version of neurostimulation therapy. But the pain was too widespread for the device that was available at that time.

"My wife and I desperately wanted to adopt children," he explains. "And I knew that to be considered as an adoptive parent I had to be well. That was my motivation."

Discovering drug delivery therapy
David's physician attended a conference where he learned about Medtronic's drug delivery therapy. He thought David would be a good candidate and referred him to the appropriate specialist.

David underwent a screening test at a hospital where a test dose of medication was administered to an area surrounding his spinal cord. If it relieved his pain by stopping it at its source, he could proceed with getting the therapy.

"During the trial I felt great relief," says David. "A total calming down of the severe pain. I still had some discomfort, but not the blinding electrical shock I was used to. I couldn't wait for the surgery!"

Living a full life with drug delivery therapy
David began receiving drug delivery therapy in the early '90s. While he did not have any complications, there are risks associated with the procedure. The most frequently reported problems following drug infusion system implant surgery include infection, spinal fluid leak, pump inversion, skin erosion, drug side effects, loss of therapy effect, and therapy that did not meet the patient's expectations. For a complete list of adverse events that have been associated with the therapy, please refer to the Important Safety Information.

It took his doctor almost a year to adjust his dosage to the optimal setting to control his pain. "During that time I often felt nauseous, but it was still preferable to the pain," David says.

Today, he continues to experience pain relief with drug delivery therapy and is back to exercising. "My average pain score is a 3 out of 10. I go to the gym daily and work out for an hour and a half," David says.

Best of all, David and his wife were able to realize their dream of adopting two children from Korea. "Because of the pump, I was able to interact with my children and to complete my career to retirement. It has given me a life," David says.