DOCTOR PABLO CLAVEL: MY HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE AT QUIRON HOSPITAL AND FAILURE OF THE M6 ARTIFICIAL DISC (AN ORTHOFIX PRODUCT)

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Read our blog about the M6 artificial disc:

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

Update: Dr Clavel’s patient in the news 3 years after a failure of the M6 Disc

Months after the implantation of 2 artificial discs called M6 made by Orthofix the patient encoutered many problems. Doctor Pablo Clavel, spine surgeon from the Instituto Clavel in Barcelona, Spain implanted these discs and supposedly didn’t see any problem when the patient, a New York State Trooper sent his X-ray images of his spine to Dr Clavel. It was obvious and no need to be a spine surgeon to notice that the spine looked very crooked and out of place. Dr Clavel told the patient it was a compensated tilt and that everything was fine.

A documentary is in the making:

Doctor Clavel’s work will be featured in this documentary:

Here is a very undone Trailer Sample Test. We keep interviewing patients and more will be coming soon:

2 young patients butchered on the same day by Dr Pablo Clavel and Dr Ignasi Catala with the M6 Disc made by Orthofix

The lives of 2 young patients were ruined on the same day by Dr Pablo Clavel and his younger surgeon Ignasi Catala. A young man, and a young mother in their thirties who had a baby a few month prior the surgery. Instituto Clavel that day charged these 2 patients $120 000 for ruining their lives. Dr Clavel was extremely quick to schedule these surgeries when months later these 2 patients encountered many problems with the M6 disc and Dr Clavel was extremely slow to respond. Many excuses were given to patients to stall as much as possible.

The surgery started the day by wheeling the patients to the operation room. Patients testified that Ignasi Catala was extremely nervous yelling all over the place being extremely arrogant and rude with patients. (It’s not the first time that Ignasi Catala showed some inappropriate behavior toward patients. He asked a Spanish to leave after a total surgery failure. Another patient weeks after was refused some pain medication right after surgery and wanted to leave the hospital.

Patients sometimes had to wait for 2 months while they were suffering because these prosthesis created many issues & damages on the rest of the spine. The young woman received an M6-C (Cervical) and testified that her thoracic spine was in excruciating pain from day 1. She was screaming of pain for days and nothing was done and no test were done to find the pain generator. She said she felt her spine griding, cracking months after the surgery. The young man also told us that his spine was so tight that he could not stand straight. He was constantly bending creating a lot of degeneration. These 2 young persons contacted Doctor Clavel who lied at many occasion to save his reputation and was no help at all. More and more are speaking out against Instituto Clavel and against the Disc manufacturer Orthofix. A Video of testimonies will be published soon.

These are the M6 artificial discs Dr Pablo Clavel implanted knowing about the design defect:

2 M6 artificial disc made by Orthofix and implanted by Dr Clavel who did not see any problem before the explantation that was done by another surgeon.

Update: Extensive Scientific evidence showing many design problems found on the M6-C reported by the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) located in Germany !

How could Dr Pablo Clavel not know about the M6 problem seing all these failures ?Here is a report that shows how poorly designed the M6-C is.

https://www.scribd.com/document/573728944/M6-Artificial-Disc-Failure-Report-1st-part

https://www.scribd.com/document/573729082/M6-Artificial-Disc-Failure-Report-Second-part

https://www.scribd.com/document/573729157/M6-Artificial-Disc-Failure-Report-3rd-part

Orthofix’s Vice President & Quality Director admits: “The M6 is far from being perfect”

The Orthofix’s Chief Legal & Development Officer has been reaching out to a few desperate and disabled patients to silence them with low settlements

Vice president & Quality Director called one patient and admitted on the phone that “The M6 disc is far from being perfect”. Recording, videos and contracts have been leaked.

Orthofix advertises the M6 disc as being the equivalent of a natural spinal disc when this   device has shown to fail in hundreds of patients from all over the world  ! The advertising is clearly showing a close to “perfect” device or at least an artificial spinal disc that will outlast the patient.

We conclude that the reality is opposite from what is advertised with Orthofix and their clinical  representatives not providing all the facts and adverse events but only emphasizing “false efficacy” and Dr Pablo Clavel took part in promoting a faulty device.

Patients keep fighting ! We always need more testimonials for “Guinea Pig” documentary. If you had a failure of the M6 disc please contact us at: m6discfailures@gmail.com

WE KEEP SEING MORE AND MORE FAILURES OF THE M6 DISC AND ORTHOFIX KEEPS TRAINING SURGEONS TO IMPLANT THIS DANGEROUS DEVICE !

ORTHOFIX REFUSES TO TAKE REPONSIBILITY AND PATIENTS HAVE TO GO THROUGH SO MUCH TO REMOVE THESE FAULTY M6 DISCS. THE FEW SURGEONS WHO ARE WILLING TO HELP NEED CLOSE TO 10 HOURS TO REMOVE THE M6 DISC. THIS SURGERY IS CLEARLY LIFE THREATENING AND ORTHOFIX IS PUTTING MORE & MORE PATIENTS AT RISK BY IMPLANTING MORE M6 DISCS.

Most Patients having issues with the M6 are left disabled, unable to work when Orthofix has a 600 Million Market Cap and keeps making money with the faulty M6 disc.

A failure after just a few days of implantation

M6 disc completely failed.
M6 disc completely failed.

This M6 disc was removed a few weeks ago and the patient had to get a 360 Fusion:

Midterm osteolysis‑induced aseptic failure of the M6‑C™ cervical total disc replacement secondary to polyethylene wear debris

It became clear that the M6-C and M6-L have serious design issues.

Here is an official study published:

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00586-021-07094-7

DR CLAVEL IMPLANTED THOUSANDS OF THESE DANGEROUS M6 DISCS !

Dr Pablo Clavel, Instituto Clavel

Failures of the M6-C (Cervical M6)

More and more patients have been contacting us to express their anger towards surgeons like Dr Pablo Clavel who have been implanting the M6-C and the M6-L disc that Dr Clavel called “The Best Artificial Disc” knowing that the M6 had a lot of design defects.

More and more surgeons in Germany have been coming forward with articles explaining that the core dislocation is a major problem on the M6-C and M6-L. Some patients have had the nucleus of the M6-C (cervical) stuck and pushing on the spinal cord. Another young patient in his early thirties is having extreme scoliosis due to an M6-L failure. He is currently looking for a surgeon to remove these 2 failed M6-L in Brazil where the poor quality implant is sold for $8000 paid by the patient.

We have been reached by patients such as Russia, Australia, Germany, Spain, Romania, US and many other countries who have had their lives ruined by unethical and voluntarily medical negligent surgeons like Dr Pablo Clavel and the disc manufacturer, Orthofix.

Here is another article posted by German surgeons stating a dislocation of the M6-C pushing on the spinal canal putting the patient at risk of getting paralyzed for life.

Is the M6-C artificial disc from Orthofix just as bad as the M6-L ?

We don’t really have to answer this question. The pictures are showing what Dr Clavel called “The Best Artificial Disc on the Planet”:

On the right image we clearly cannot see any space between the 2 enplates. The nucleus is stuck and pushes on the spinal cord.
The M6 sheath (rope) doesn’t seem to hold very long.

Orthofix keeps advertising for the M6-C. Here is the commercial:

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 !

Very close pre-existing relationship between Dr Clavel, Dr Ritter-Lang and Tom Afzal, Former CEO of Spinal Kinetics (acquired by Orthofix in 2018)

Why would Dr Clavel and Dr Ritter-Lang implant the M6 Disc for a decade after seing so many failures ?

It seems Dr Clavel and Dr Ritter-Lang had a very close relationship with Tom Afzal, CEO of Spinal Kinetics (acquired by Orthofix in 2018), who recently joined NOVUM MEDICAL as CEO.

Here is the link of a picture showing from left to right: Tom Afzal posing very close to Dr Ritter-Lang and Dr Pablo Clavel:

Is there any incentive to implant the M6 disc knowing that Orthofix was prosecuted for paying illegally surgeons overseas ?

Dr Pablo Clavel is associated with Orthofix also called “The Prosthesis Mafia” prosecuted in the US and in Brazil for fraud and illegally paying doctors!



The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, known as the SEC, announced on Wednesday, 18, an agreement with Orthofix International, in which orthofix international admits to having committed accounting fraud and also having paid doctors in Brazilian public hospitals to use their products and thus increase their sales. The company has agreed to pay more than $14 million to close the investigations.

In a statement, the SEC said the Brazilian subsidiary of the medical equipment and accessories implant company had violated the Law to Combat Corrupt Practices Abroad (FCPA) by producing “a scheme with strong discounts and improper payments through representatives and distributors” to induce doctors hired by the Brazilian government to use its products. In Brazil, the case became known as the “prosthesis mafia”.

“Orthofix did not have adequate internal controls in its subsidiaries and failed to detect and prevent improper payments in Brazil that were intended to increase sales,” said Kara N. Brockmeyer, director of the SEC division that handles corrupt practices practiced abroad.

In the case of accounting fraud, the company would have recorded certain revenues before the permitted, or even recorded revenue even having granted customers a new deadline for payment. These errors would have made the company produce incorrect financial reports between 2011 and early 2013.

“The accounting failures were widespread and significant, leading Orthofix to issue false communications to the public about its financial conditions,” said Antonia Chion, associate director of the SEC’s enforcement division.
Of the approximately $14 million that will be paid by Orthofix, $8.25 million is due to accounting fraud and another $6 million in fines related to the FCPA violation. Four company executives also admitted guilt and received minor fines.
Orthofix admits accounting fraud and bribery to doctors in Brazil – ISTOÉ Independente (istoe.com.br)

In Brazil, Orthofix is known as the “prosthesis mafia”.

In the case of accounting fraud, the company would have recorded certain revenues before the permitted, or even recorded revenue even having granted customers a new deadline for payment. These errors would have made the company produce incorrect financial reports between 2011 and early 2013.

“The accounting failures were widespread and significant, leading Orthofix to issue false communications to the public about its financial conditions,” said Antonia Chion, associate director of the SEC’s enforcement division.
Of the approximately $14 million that will be paid by Orthofix, $8.25 million is due to accounting fraud and another $6 million in fines related to the FCPA violation. Four company executives also admitted guilt and received minor fines.
Orthofix admits accounting fraud and bribery to doctors in Brazil – ISTOÉ Independente (istoe.com.br)

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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 CORE IS EXTREMELY WEAK !

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

At the bottom: an M6-L disc failure. We can see the sheath (rope) could not hold the nucleus inside the core.

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. At

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 Poor Design of the M6 Disc

The weakness of this M6 design is represented by the friction of the fibers on the metal plates, a potential source of breakage or wear products. The risk is greater if the implant is facing atypical conditions of rotation or inclination in the frontal or sagittal plane. Another mode of failure can be the blocking of the core in flexion or in extension causing a limitation of mobility or abnormal stresses of the peripheral structure with lesions of the polyethylene fibers construct, risk of nucleus expulsion and direct endplates contact with metallosis.

https://www.wjgnet.com/2218-5836/full/v11/i8/345.htm Lazennec JY. Lumbar and cervical viscoelastic disc replacement: Concepts and current experience. World J Orthop 2020; 11(8): 345-356 [PMID: 32904082 DOI: 10.5312/wjo.v11.i8.345]

Here are just a few more examples 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 M6-C (cervical) implanted by Dr Clavel: an implant with many flaws

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-C 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 M6-C implantation 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.

We can observe on the right picture an M6-C implant failure. (World of Neurosurgery)

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:

Why does Orthofix sell an implant they know has design defects and why do surgeons agree to implant it after seing many failures ?

You can watch the full movie here: The Bleeding Edge

A US patient of Dr Clavel contacted us to tell us about his story. He had the M6-L implanted in 2013. He never got any relief from the surgery and Dr Clavel assured him than the implant was fine. This patient not knowing that his M6 has design defect had 2 implantations of spinal cord stimulators during the last 8 years to deal with the pain. Dr Clavel has been constantly hiding all the M6 failures and kepts implanting the M6 Disc putting thousands of patients’ lives at risk !

60 000 M6 discs were implanted so far and more keep getting implanted. How many will break in the next few years ? How many patients will be disabled resulting from these M6 failures ?

Email were sent to us from patients having an M6 failure saying that Dr Clavel has been trying to quiet them, also offered them to help them get Disability Benefits if they do not talk about the M6 failure. One of the patient told us he has had the M6 in failed condition for 2 years and nothing was done about it !

Orthofix had problems with other medical devices

The Bleeding Edge Documentary pictures that in the Biomedical Implant World “PROFIT IS HEALTHY “

Orthofix markets surgeries with the M6 Disc just like Nike promotes Tennis Shoes

Laura Wilkinson, an Olympic Gold Medalist promoting a medical implant having many flaws

Laura Wilkinson is an Olympic Gold Medalist promoting surgeries with the M6-C just like all the Athletes do it for Nike tennis shoes. Is it ethical to promote a disc having design defect that failed for so many patients around the world ?

All things considered we have to keep in mind that Laura Wilkinson gives expectations to potential patients that are far from being realistic because not everyone is an Olympic athlete and most patients did not have the very close follow-up provided by Orthofix that Laura Wilkinson benefited from.

A Las Vegas local in his sixties got his life ruined by the M6 disc at ONZ in Germany

This anonymous 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 the individual’s life. He has no other option other than fusing these 2 levels by a US surgeon because Dr Bierstedt dismissed the patient’s case 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 the patient might have to go through another surgery to make sure these 2 levels get fused properly.

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 discs failing. Surgeons in the US had to stabilize the spine by putting some screws on the back of the spine.

After ruining so many lives with the M6 Disc Doctor Pablo Clavel starts doing surgery using a Robot that previously detach from the operating room table




Here is the full article mentioning the Mazor X failure.

https://www.massdevice.com/certain-mazor-x-robots-could-unexpectedly-detach-from-or-table-medtronic-warns/

Read more about the M6 artificial disc:

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

RHODA A YOUNG WOMAN VICTIM OF A FAILURE OF THE M6 DISC NEEDS YOUR HELP !