Hear what our patients say about their experience

ADR has helped many of our patients to recover their quality of life, allowing them to once again carry out all their activities without pain.

Why are we committed to ADR?

The anterior approach surgical technique that we use at Instituto Clavel for lumbar or cervical disc replacement makes it unnecessary to open the back muscles, with the result of less postoperative pain and faster recovery.

After performing more than 1,500 of these surgeries, we have found that the disc replacement technique is effective in significantly reducing pain in 90% of cases, resulting in a direct increase in the quality of life of patients.

Success stories

Hear from other patients about how ADR has changed their lives.

Cillian Kelly, 36 year old

Ireland, Mechanical Engineer
Injury: Degenerative disc disease

Cillian Kelly, a 36 year old Mechanical Engineer, was suffering for many years from a degenerative disc disease. Thanks to the ADR surgery, Cillian, is much more capable to walk without pain and have an ordinary and happy life.

Juan Ignacio Maegli, 29 year old

Guatemala, Professional sailor 
Injury: Disc herniation L5-S1

Juan Ignacio Maegli is a young professional sailor from Guatemala who after many years of dedication to Olympic sport, suffered a disc herniation L5-S1. This limited his personal and professional life and that’s why he decided to trust on the Instituto Clavel center to put an end to his injury. After being intervened of an ADR, Juan isn’t feeling pain anymore and he’s already training to compete in the Tokyo Olympics 2021. He happily confesses that this surgery has changed his life.

Salvador Fages, 47 year old

Spain, Civil servant
Injury: Lumbar facet syndrome

Salvador Fages is a civil servant in the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government) and is truly passionate about sports. He always had a very active lifestyle, but due to the lumbar facet syndrome, the pain in his back didn’t allow him to live a regular life. In this video Salvador talks about his sensations and the positive change that he’s experienced after having an ADR surgery performed at Instituto Clavel.

Guillermo Eldracher, 57 year old

Spain, Businessman
Injury: L4-L5 lumbar discs with an impingement of the sciatic nerve

Guillermo Eldracher was born in Barcelona and become engaged in the business world, while practicing sports. He was diagnosed with an injury in the L4-L5 lumbar discs with an impingement of the sciatic nerve. In this video he explains how, after having an ADR surgery performed at Instituto Clavel, he was able to practice sport again.

Jerry Robinson, 60 year old

United States of America, Security engineer
Lesion: Degeneración de disco lumbar y colapso a nivel L3-L4

Jerry Robinson is a security engineer from Chicago, IL. After years of back pain and several unsuccessful interventions that didn’t relieve it, he found out about the Instituto Clavel and got in touch. Today, Jerry’s pain is gone and his life is fully recovered. 

Thomas Bailey, 45 year old

United States, Family physician
Injury: Cevical canal stenosis

Thomas Bailey is a family physician from Indiana (USA) that suffered cervical canal stenosis at C5-C6 and C6-C7. This pathology caused him a lot of pain and did not allow him to lead his normal life. At 44, he couldn't longer be as active as before, and when he returned home after work he needed to lie down. Therefore, after investigating, he decided to make an appointment at Instituto Clavel to know about the different treatment options.

Josep Maria Estivill, 27 year old

Injury: Degenerative lumbar spine discopathy

“I am not in constant pain any more. It is gone. It really is as if I had never had any problem.” At age 27, Josep was suffering from a degenerative lumbar spine discopathy that prevented him from leading a normal life, do the activities he liked and, ultimately, enjoy. This is his experience and results after lumbar disc replacement surgery at Instituto Clavel.

Aldo Ipuche

Uruguay, Engineer
Injury: Degenerative discopathy

A.I. is an Uruguayan engineer who suffered from a degenerative discopathy. He was unable to practice sports or even play with his kids, but after his intervention at the, he got back his life and the will to pursue his dreams.

Louise Samson, 33 year old

United Kingdom / Spain, Singer
Injury: Lumbar disc degeneration

Louise Samson, a singer of the folk music group Animic, suffered from lumbar disc degeneration. This problem caused her so much pain that, at 33 years of age, she couldn't carry out her daily activities and her personal and professional life was seriously affected. She couldn't carry her daughter, play with her, enjoy plans with her partner, or walk in the mountains. Apart from this, she's a singer for Animic and discopathy also prevented her from enjoying her passion for music. But this story has a happy ending, since thanks to ADR surgery, Louise was able to recover her life passions: her family and music.


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