DOCTOR PABLO CLAVEL: MY HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE AT BARCELONA SPINE CENTER AND FAILURE OF THE M6 ARTIFICIAL DISC

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M6 artificial disc made by Orthofix: Design flaws and unethical Spinal Disc Manufacturer

Dr Pablo Clavel, Instituto Clavel

UPDATE: DR CLAVEL CONTINUES TO HARASS AND THREATEN PATIENTS WITH LEGAL ACTION

Dr Pablo Clavel’s Attorney, Eduard Casanova Sirvent (affiliated with the Audiconsultores Lawfirm located in Barcelona) called and threatened a patient from Dr. Clavel’s practice this week  with a potential lawsuit. This is not the first time Senor Casanova has done this on behalf of Dr. Clavel. This is Dr. Clavel’s modus operandi when he gets defensive towards his growing number of dissatisfied patients due to implant failures.  In the phone call, Senor Casanova accused the patient of defamation when the patient only questioned Dr. Clavel who refused to answer.

Mr Casanova has certainly escalated a simple patient to doctor interaction by threatening with legal consequences saying to the patient:

“You’d better stop playing this game because we can sue you in Europe !”.

It is regretful that Dr. Clavel has become increasingly defensive of his procedures and his default is unleashing a very adversarial lawyer onto his own patients.

Mr Casanova clearly crossed the line by threatening a patient on the phone. It seems like it is getting common thing for Dr Clavel and Mr Casanova to threaten patients !

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2 M6 discs implanted by Dr Pablo Clavel protruding in a young patient’s spinal cord. Dr Clavel ignored the patient !

We received several emails concerning the M6 disc and Dr Clavel. Here is another patient who got his life ruined by the M6 disc and Dr Clavel:

This patient has been de-identified for a privacy reason.

This patient is saying that Dr Clavel told him the implants were perfectly placed but Dr Clavel omitted to tell the patient that the M6 disc has so many flaws. One more time Dr Clavel lied to protect his reputation and the disc maker’s reputation (Orthofix).

DR CLAVEL IMPLANTED CLOSE TO 7000 M6 KNOWING THE DEVICE HAS MANY FLAWS !

This is the kind of catastrophic failures Dr Clavel has been ignoring for years:

I started this page to describe my own experience that I had while I being a patient at Barcelona Spine Center named Instituto Clavel under Dr. Pablo Clavel.  Specifically, I want to detail the difficulties and challenges I endured the last two years from what appears to be a failed spine surgery under Dr. Clavel. 

I found Dr. Clavel through reputation on some online support groups that previous patients proclaimed he was an experienced and talented spine surgeons known for his expertise in Alternative Disc Replacement (ADR).  He was also touted by El Pais as the “world’s best spinal surgeon”.  After speaking with other patients who have undergone surgery under Dr. Clavel I decided to get a consultation with Dr. Clavel and proceed with treatment under his care. This is where my nightmare begins.

The M6 Artificial Disc, a device that ruins lives

Here are just a few example of the catastrophique result of the M6-L artificial disc:

Dr Clavel promoting a device that fails pretty fast:

On the X-ray images we can see that this M6 started to fail right after 4.5 weeks. The core got so weak that it could not hold the spine.

The M6 Disc: A poorly designed device

M6 Artificial Disc Failure, Orthofix

As you can see the rope holding the nucleus inside the device is so thin. How does Orthofix expect to keep a this rubber nucleus centered for 40 or 50 years when it fails after just 12 weeks as we have seen it on the pictures above. Dr Clavel was promoting the M6 Disc as being the best disc on the planet. He was telling patients: “Even if you get hit by a truck this disc will not move”.

THE EXPERIENCE AT THE QUIRON HOSPITAL

My experience with Dr Clavel

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My experience at Instituto Clavel ended up being an ever evolving dreadful experience.  I would like to disclaim here I am well aware no surgery is a delightful experience, and particularly an invasive spine surgery and so I don’t believe that my expectations of surgery was out of the norm until I spoke to Dr. Clavel.  Before my surgery, I was able to get a consult over skype with Dr. Clavel for ~400Euros.  In this 30 minute consult, Dr. Clavel promoted Spinal Kinetic’s M6 disc. He hyped to me that it was the best disc he ever used and that he thought I would be back to work in just 3 months.  I thought, well, he appears confident that he can help relieve the unbearable pain I should trust him.

Dr. Clavel’s staff said they had a slot open for me in 2 weeks and that I should arrive the Sunday before my Monday surgery for some pre-op testing.  I arrived to the Quiron Hospital in Barcelona at 8 am for my consult in the morning.  Dr. Clavel met me in his office for 30 minutes the day of my surgery.  We small talked a bit, then without much emotion, sent me on my way to check in to my upstairs hospital room and wait for my surgery to start at 2pm . After checking in, I went downstairs to get some Xrays then sat in my room and anxiously waited for my surgery.  I was nervous beyond belief and found no solace in Dr. Clavel’s non-chalant demeanor in those 30 minutes.

The surgery was to start at 2 pm with Dr. Ignasi Catalá Antúnez‘ help, but I don’t think we actually started until 3 or 4 pm.  To make a long story short, the entire surgical experience was quite horrifying.  They sedated me with anesthesia, and I woke up with excruciating pain and all I recall is the nurses and doctors increasing my dose on the pain pump.  The only positive thing I would like to acknowledge is the night nurses on my first night were exceptional and responsive but after that first night, it was all downhill from there and staff and care I received during my stay was subpar.  The nurses always appeared annoyed if you asked for something or they took forever to respond when you were in pain or needed to empty the catheter bag.  At one point, my wife went to tell a nurse that I was in so much pain, the nurse told her it was lunch hour and I would just have to wait.  

Even getting X-rays were a challenge.  The technician and nurse assistant forced me to stand up the day after my surgery even though I could not stand at all.  There was no nurse call button to help and I was in so much pain and was told to wait hours until someone came to help.  It was not until the 3rd day, did Dr. Clavel check on me. I requested him to come by as I still could not stand and was very nervous of the outcome of my surgery.   He only sent his residents that stopped in for 30 seconds and only muttered “ok you can stand up today” then they scurried on their way not even asking or evaluating me.

An impossible recovery due to defective implants that Dr Clavel denied

I recall my first consult with Dr. Clavel as was promoting the M6 disc. He told me how great the disc was and how he had not encountered any failure with this device. I also asked about another disc called ESP made in France and Dr Clavel told with confidence that this ESP disc was too stiff. I trusted him as the surgeon and expert.

My recovery during the year after the implantation was erratic. I had to keep telling myself the pain and stiffness would go away and waited for a whole year to get better but I never saw any significant improvement. In fact, right before the year mark I started having some (put in location) pain and Dr Clavel dismissed the pain and told me there were no issues.  Dr Clavel insisted I wait for another month and even told me as both M6 implants were not moving that we would wait to see if these 2 level would get fused over the years. Keep in mind that I paid 60 000 euros to get my life back. I always had to wait for weeks or months to talk to Dr Clavel because he was supposedly always busy or on holiday.

DR PABLO CLAVEL SUED AND ACCUSED OF CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE BY SEVERAL PATIENTS:

After 5 x-rays, 2 MRI, 1 CT scan Dr Clavel did not see that these implants failed. He kept lying until another surgeon pulled these implants out. Dr Clavel tried to save his reputation and also cover Orthofix (the disc maker). Dr Clavel acted the same way with many patients having failures by hiding the fact that the implant failed. He told patients that nothing was wrong when patients’lives are at risk due to defective implants !

Dr Clavel always pretends not to know what the problem is in case of implant failure to protect his reputation and avoid lawsuits. More will be published very soon…

FAILURE FROM DR PABLO CLAVEL AND UPDATE AT 4 MONTHS POST REVISION

Little update: I am 4 months post-op. I had a revision from DR SVANTE BERG at the Stockholm Spine Center. I am still recovering.

I had a failure from 2 broken M6-L implanted by Dr PABLO CLAVEL who refused to admit that both implants failed wanted to leave me with these 2 broken M6 discs. When I had confirmation that these M6 discs were broken right after the revision because Dr Berg managed to pull them out without cutting the core I finally emailed Dr Clavel to let him that he lied to me to protect the disc maker Spinal Kinetics (Orthofix). That was an achievement and Dr Berg was the only one willing and in my opinion, capable of performing the complicated procedure.

For months Dr Clavel kept denying the fact these 2 M6 were ineffective to a point my lumbar was completely felt stuck.  

After some persistence with his office that I received ineffective implants, Dr Clavel sent a claim to the insurance and 4 months later, the insurance refused to refund me because the revision was done overseas when Dr Clavel himself told me that it was too risky to remove these M6-L. This is the second time that Dr Clavel has done that. Another revision was done in the US from 2 failed M6-L implanted by Dr Clavel. The person got fused and there was no refund either from Dr Clavel’s insurance. Here is the link of the video:

A trooper who had a previous surgery and failure from Dr Clavel needed a revision in the US.

The NY state Trooper, John Antonelli’s wife contacted us to share her experience with Dr Clavel’s office:

I can confirm that I was treated the same way by Olga, Dr Clavel’s assistant !

Dr Clavel is extremely irresponsible; He also put people’s lives at risk, mislead and procastinate to save his reputation.

This is the kind of catastrophic failures Dr Clavel has been ignoring for years:

BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE DR CLAVEL’S INSURANCE IS A NON-INSURANCE THAT HE IS SELLING TO HIS PATIENTS ! IT DOES NOT PROVIDE ANY GUARANTEE TO GET THE PATIENT’S MONEY BACK IN CASE OF FAILED SURGERY.

Dr Clavel caught lying and saying he has never had a failure of the M6 disc putting patients’lives at risks ! We found a concerning number of failures from Dr Pablo Clavel and other surgeons using the M6 disc.

This is how Dr Clavel promotes the M6 disc and lies to his patients. He said himself that he told a patient before the surgery that he never had a failure with the M6 disc to sell his surgery.

On the other end I am happy extremely happy Dr BERG performed my revision. The service at the Stockholm Spine Center was beyond what I could have expected. Dr Berg and his staff are extremely skilled.

I really want people to know about the facts because we have to learn from each others experiences.

DR CLAVEL IMPLANTED CLOSE TO 7000 M6 KNOWING THE DEVICE HAS MANY FLAWS

The question is that Doctor Clavel implanted 7000 M6 articial disc but at the same time he agrees that the device has many flaws. After my surgery a lot of potential patients reached out to me and told me that Dr Clavel told them the M6 was a bad disc. Having 5 M6 (3 on my neck and 2 on my lumbar) I was wondering in the first place if Dr Clavel really said that. I had confirmation because 3 patients who had surgery with Dr Clavel confirmed the facts.

Here is the screenshot of Dr Clavel’s patients who mentioned that Dr Clavel said that the M6 give him a headache and has many flaws:

Patients have a “GUINEA PIG STATUS” for Dr Pablo Clavel

After my surgery I asked Dr Clavel why he started to implant the ESP disc when at the time of my surgery (a month earlier) he told me the ESP was too stiff. Dr Pablo Clavel simply told me that he likes trying different discs on different people. This tells us that Dr Clavel consider patients as an experiment and doesn’t care about the surgery outcome. We will post video of this conversation very soon. Dr Clavel has recently pulled the M6 disc off the Instituto Clavel’s website. Why so many lies and why hiding patients the fact the M6 has so many issues ?

World Spine Conference: Dr Clavel saying he doesn’t know why failures of the M6 happen

https://www.geco-institute.com/Spine2018/webroot/film/en/2018-11-24-01-08-Clavel.mp4

A young woman left in a horrible condition after a surgery performed by Dr Clavel with the M6 disc:

This patient was de-identified for privacy reason.

The young woman sent us some messages confirming Dr Clavel did not provide assistance:

Infections after ADR surgery at Instituto Clavel and QuironSalud:

A young woman had to have a revision surgery in the US after a surgery performed by Dr Pablo Clavel at Instituto Clavel. The young woman complained about sharp pain for months when Dr Clavel misled the young woman telling there was no problem. The young woman consulted with US surgeons and the prognosis was a spine infection due to the surgery. Dr Clavel and Dr Catala have been putting patient at extreme risks by ignoring patients’ conditions and concerns. This young woman is not the only patient experiencing infection from Instituto Clavel. Dr Clavel has been ignoring failures and other patients’ issues for years.

Here is another patient’s review:

Spinal Kinetics (Orthofix), the disc maker has been nowhere to help patients having failures and misled patients hiding the M6 issues

Dr Clavel was pretty honest with a few patients after implanting 7000 M6 ! How many will break in the next few years ?

Here is an email misleading patients coming from Orthofix (Spinal Kinetics) VP, Clinical Regulatory Affairs who talks about the M6 cervical but what about the M6 Lumbar that has many flaws ?

Orthofix misleading patients and hiding the M6 artificial disc issues. http://www.spinalkinetics.com/
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Dr Pablo Clavel’s patient sharing his failure from a surgery at Insituto Clavel.
This email was translated from Spanish.

Dr Pablo Clavel involved in Insurance Fraud:

BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE DR CLAVEL’S INSURANCE IS A NON-INSURANCE THAT HE IS SELLING TO HIS PATIENTS ! IT DOES NOT PROVIDE ANY GUARANTEE TO GET THE PATIENT’S MONEY BACK IN CASE OF FAILED SURGERY.

Dr Clavel refuses to provide medical records to patients

After a failure patients ask for the entire medical record and Dr Clavel refuses to provide it in a timely manner. Here is the response sent by Olga, Dr Clavel’s assistant:

Here are a few examples of M6 disc failures, disc that Dr Clavel has been promoting for years knowing that the disc has horrible consequences when it fails:

ANOTHER FAILURE OF THE M6 DISC AND THE STORY HAS REPEATED ITSELF SO MANY TIMES:

This patient stayed for a year and a half with these broken discs inside his spine.

The same patient after the first revision surgery:

This patient had to have a second revision surgery to explant the second M6 disc by 2 different surgeons. Surgeons also replaced an M6-L disc by an LP-ESP disc.

Dr Clavel calls his failures “Compensated Tilt” meaning the spine balances itself and there is no problem:

Here is another patient having a failure with 2 M6 discs that Dr Clavel called a “Compensated Tilt”

Here is the email sent to a patient who was in a critical situation for months. Dr Clavel did not provide assistance and even lied to the patient calling the failure a Compensated Tilt and that there was nothing to worry about because according to Dr Clavel the “Global alignment was good” when the patient was in a life threatening condition. This patient had to have an emergency surgery to remove these M6 discs made by Orthofix.

DOCTOR PABLO CLAVEL AND ORTHOFIX HAVE NO PROBLEM IMPLANTING DEFECTIVE M6 DISCS IN PATIENTS AND RUIN LIVES FOR PROFITS ! DR CLAVEL NEVER DISCUSSED THE POTENTIAL RISKS TO PATIENTS. HE REASSURED PATIENTS THAT HE HAD NEVER HAD A FAILURE WITH THE M6 DISC !

We couldn’t post all the failures of the M6 because the list is very long !

Here are more links showing some failures:

http://jss.amegroups.com/article/view/4854/html

These images have been shared with the patients consent.

Trying to Shut Me Down

Since I put this site up detailing my experience with Dr.Clavel, there are certain individuals who are trying to censor my story. It is obvious that some parties are afraid of my experience being widely shared, as this site has been a target of alleged hacking. Even more problematic, I received blackmailed-veiled threats telling “me to take certain content down or else...they will forward private messages to Dr.Clavel that contain content that appear to be contradictory to what I wrote here.”

Dr Clavel used his lawyer to threaten several of his M6 patients to keep his record clean from bad reputation !

Let me pre-empt this all to say I did share openly in the beginning after my surgery I was generally pleased about my Xray and surgery. I even believe I was sincerely and naively thankful at first BUT it was not until after a few months I started to notice the issues I documented here. I eventually became disillusioned with my experience with Barcelona spine center when Dr. Clavel dismissed my concerns 6 mos., 9 mos. post surgery. I share this all now because there will be such texts “leaked ” that are aimed at discrediting me story.  

While I was trying to post the note above, a lawyer representing Dr. Clavel has now contacted me via email and tried to take this site down. I am pasting the letter here for transparency.  This is the world we live in now, where surgeons are not taking responsibility for ineffective and risky procedures but instead, threatening to suit their patients for trying to speak out.  This is a warning to those who are looking to seek such treatment.  The Hippocratic Oath “Primum non nocere” (translated First, do not Harm”) taken by doctors appear to be all lost here.   

Dr Clavel has been extremely aggressive by complaining to the World Intellectual Organization asking us to take our site down. Here is the email sent to us:

Dr Clavel filing a lawsuit against a patient and calls failure cases “a farce”.

Here is the letter we received from Dr Clavel’s lawyer.

Dr Clavel prefers to sue patients who speak out instead of trying to fix his “mistakes” ! He has been accusing us of lying.

We will be more than happy to go to court to provide evidence. Many of these patients are ready to testify !

UPDATE: The M6-C recall in Australia:

Dr Clavel knew about all these potential issues with the M6-C. Why did he implant thousands of them ? And also why did he promote this disc as being the best artificial disc on the planet ?

Greed and profits are the key factors in Dr Clavel’s decision to implants as many M6s as possible and that is the reason why Dr Clavel did not care about patients.

After all these failures Dr Clavel still offers the M6 disc to his patients:

Here is an email from a Spanish patient confirming that Dr Clavel is still implanting the M6 disc:

The Spanish patient is saying that Dr Clavel offered him an M6 disc at L5-S1. The L5-S1 is the level that take the most pressure as it is located right at the bottom of the spine and we have seen many failures of the M6 at this level but Dr Clavel doesn’t seem to care about his patients.

At this point we could think that Dr Clavel is hurting intentionally his patients for profits.

Why did Dr Pablo Clavel promote the M6 disc so much ?

Orthofix has been prosecuted for Massive Fraud Scheme At Medical Supply Company Orthofix. We are wondering if Dr Clavel is involved in the Fraud. Is there any kickback or incentive to promote one size fit all disc. Here is a video dealing with the Fraud Scheme from Orthofix:

Marco got his life ruined by the M6 disc at ONZ in Germany

Marco had a failure at ONZ in Germany; Dr Thomas Bierstedt has been using the M6 disc for year and had many failures. One more time the M6 felt unstable and ruined Marco’s life. He has no other option other than fusing these 2 levels by a US surgeon because Dr Bierstedt dismissed Marco and refused to recognized the fact that these M6 failed just like Dr Pablo Clavel did it with many of his patients. This fusion failed and Marco might have to go through another surgery to make sure these 2 levels get fused properly. Here is Marco’s story

Marco also contacted Orthofix (Spinal Kinetics) who was very silent and refused to help.

Dr Clavel, Dr. Ignasi Catalá Antúnez, Dr Bierstedt and Dr Ritter-Lang have been using the M6 for years and we have seen horrific stories.

ONZ has been on a tour in the US for the last few years to recruit patients when Dr Bierstedt and Dr Illerhaus have no US medical license. This makes it extremely illegal for these surgeons to meet patients on US land offering medical advice with a device that has never been approved in the US. This event was nothing better than negociating with a car dealership !

This patient had a life threatening situation with 2 M6 disc failing. Surgeons in the US had to stabilize the spine by putting some screws on the back of the spine. Orthofix, the disc maker never responded to the patient.

Here is Marco’s story

Read more about the M6 artificial disc:

M6 artificial disc made by Orthofix: Design flaws and unethical Spinal Disc Manufacturer