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Old 11-18-2006, 09:40 AM
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Old 07-09-2009, 03:55 AM
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Hello there, I'm brand new to this post and I'm glad that I found this discussion forum. My name Is Josh Piceno and I live In Aurora Il. and I wanted to know if theres a good Neuro Surgeon in the Chicago area that is reputible in disc replacement. I have a bulging disc in my c4 c5 section and I'm 28 yrs old. My neuro recomended a disc replacement and I'm a bit scared since I never had a surgery done before. How safe is it and is it possible the thing could slip and hit an artery. What are the risks of getting a replacement and are they slim. And last, what is the long term affect? how long is this artificial disc supposed to last?
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Old 07-09-2009, 02:30 PM
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Hey Josh from Aurora - I would suggest you include the Rush doctors they have BOTH Spine Orthos Goldberg is one of them & Also Spine Neurosurgeons - go to the web & find them & the contacts. Dr An is another at Rush a associate with Goldberg many top notch spine doc's there - you can put your post in the Forum jump below here for ISpine.
I am a former Illinioan - Best Jill
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Old 07-09-2009, 06:17 PM
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Hi Josh,

Welcome to the forum. Glad you found us but I'm sorry for you pain. I'm glad Jill was able to provide some referrels for you. I do think this post is best on its own thread. Perhaps Mark will move it.

To answer your questions, though any surgery, especially spine surgery is not without risk, I've never heard of an ADR slipping and hitting an artery. So far, I know of no ADR wearing out but the jury is still out since this science is not old enough to gather a lot of long term statistics. But then again, if your pain is severe enough, your only other option is fusion, not that great an option for someone so young.

There are many ADR recipients that put their respective discs through pretty drastic paces, bowling, tennis, skiing - even a police officer is back on duty and so far, the ADRs are holding up great.

You also need to understand that fear is a part of this whole process. We all experience(d) crippling fear in living with extreme pain, making whatever decision to move forward or not, and awaiting surgery. But I'd like to add a great big caution. Spinal surgery is a huge decision that alters your spine forever. Making an INFORMED decision is just as important as your choice of doctors. There's no going back and should you choose an ADR, revision is difficult. Please get yourself educated. Ask your doctors questions. Get second opinions. Ask us questions.

Then you also have insurance issues to deal with as most won't cover ADR surgery - though some are beginning to come around.

I do wish you good luck as you begin this journey, Dale
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Old 07-09-2009, 08:52 PM
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Thank you so much for your reply, and I'm glad that ther's people out there helping one another and giving good advice. Rush Copley will be the place for my surgery and I have A brother who is a Doc(Nephrologist) and told me the same thing about asking my neuro questions and concerns. My injury is job related so workmans comp will handle the payments. It's now up to me to decide whether I want it or not. My Neuro Is Daniel T Leich And he advised that I go with the procedure since he wants to keep the motion in my neck rather than the fusion. I have done tons of homework on this device and all seem to be promising. Thank you so much Dale & Jill I will keep you posted on my decision and thanks for the comforting response.
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Old 04-07-2010, 08:07 PM
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Is costlier spinal surgery worth it?

By Carla K. Johnson

Associated Press

CHICAGO - A study of Medicare patients shows that costlier, more complex spinal-fusion surgeries are on the rise - and sometimes done unnecessarily - for a common lower-back condition caused by aging and arthritis.

What's more alarming is that the findings suggest these more challenging operations are riskier, leading to more complications and even deaths.

"You have one kind of operation that could cost $20,000 and another that could cost $80,000, and there's not good evidence the expensive one is being used appropriately in the majority of cases," said Eugene Carragee of Stanford University Medical Center.

Add to that the expense for patients whose problems after surgery send them back to the hospital or to a nursing home, and "that's not a trivial amount of money" for Medicare, Carragee said. He wrote an accompanying editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association, where the federally funded study appears Wednesday.

The cost to Medicare, just for the hospital charges for the three types of back surgery, is about $1.65 billion a year, the researchers say.

All the patients in the study had stenosis in their lower backs, a painful squeezing in the spine that is most common in people over 50. The researchers compared the risks for three types of surgery for the condition: decompression, simple fusion, and complex fusion.

"Some seem to be associated with higher complication rates than others," said lead author Richard Deyo of Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. "It's not necessarily true that the more aggressive surgery is better."

Patients should ask their doctors about alternatives to complicated operations, Deyo said: Could steroid injections and physical therapy be tried? Would a simple decompression procedure be as helpful as a spinal fusion and with less risk?

In a decompression procedure, the simplest method in the study, a surgeon cuts away part of the bone that is painfully pressing on nerves. It can cost about $30,000 in hospital and surgeon fees.

For a fusion, a surgeon binds two or more vertebrae together using a bone graft, with or without plates and screws. The researchers defined a complex fusion as one involving three or more vertebrae or more than one side of the spine. Fusions cost $60,000 to $90,000.

The researchers analyzed data on more than 32,000 Medicare patients who had one of the three surgeries in 2007.

About 5 in 100 patients who had simple or complex fusions suffered major complications such as stroke, compared with 2 in 100 with decompressions. The risk of death within 30 days after surgery was different, too: 6 in 1,000 for complex fusions, 5 in 1,000 for simple fusions, and 3 in 1,000 for decompressions.
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:13 PM
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Hello there, I'm brand new to this post and I'm glad that I found this discussion forum. My name Is Josh Piceno and I live In Aurora Il. and I wanted to know if theres a good Neuro Surgeon in the Chicago area that is reputible in disc replacement. I have a bulging disc in my c4 c5 section and I'm 28 yrs old. My neuro recomended a disc replacement and I'm a bit scared since I never had a surgery done before. How safe is it and is it possible the thing could slip and hit an artery. What are the risks of getting a replacement and are they slim. And last, what is the long term affect? how long is this artificial disc supposed to last?
it will most likely out live you ;o)
female age 45, height 5"6", 145 lbds, non smoker, conservative treatments failed, (7/2007) C4/5/6 peek disc replacements,plate & screws failed fusion,
(9/2008) revision with bone replace plate and screws, (10/2009) C3/4 stand alone peek cage, (12/2010) facet joint injections C3-7, (1/2011) rhizotomy C6/7 failed, Trouble swallowing
most recent mri (7/2011) shows ajacent level issues: right neural foraminal narrowing C2/3, posterior bulge indents thecal sac at C6/7/T1 no mass effect on cord.
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Old 05-08-2012, 03:52 PM
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Default CBS- New Hope 4 back pain !

I found this web site after reading the article on back pain by CBS . It was also the cover story on Sunday Morning this past Sunday . Does anyone have additional info or are aware of " fibrin sealant " ? Is there any top level spinal centers someone can reccomend in the upper Maryland area ?
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:15 AM
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Hello guys. is there anyone to help me I am new here.
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:15 PM
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Hi Jonathan,
WElcome. there are people here to help you, what exactly is your problem? You should probably open a new thread with your question and more folks will see it.

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Old 11-23-2012, 02:47 PM
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Default Welcome to iSpine!

Welcome to All members here on ISpine I am also newbie here and want to get knowledge of surgeries hope will enjoy this plat forum
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:59 PM
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I am very much concern about my health and want to discuss on various topics in these forums specially related to health.i hope everyone in this forum like me and also like my comments which i would like to share with everyone as i am a very honest person and simple straight forward loves to make new friends.
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Old 11-11-2013, 05:29 AM
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Default minimally invasive lumbar decompression (MILD, Vertos Medical).


New person here. Has anyone had any personal experience with a minimally invasive lumbar decompression procedure called MILD by Vertos Medical?


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Old 12-02-2014, 03:53 PM
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Hello there.

I am new to this site - though sadly not new to pain. I am 38 and was 34 when a sudden and relentless, constant 24/7 crippling attack of pain struck one morning - in my groin and back, with increased urinary frequency. I won't go into the long history of the almost 20 surgical interventions I've had - all of them making the pain worse, some possibly causing further symptoms and diseases.. namely arachnoiditis ! I am not yet diagnosed, though EVERYTHING points to that (particularly the findings in my post op reports).. Anyway. My main question is... is surgery an option? If so, are the results safe? Permanent? And if so, who specialises in this field? I live in Spain but am from England. I have travelled to Istanbul (to have Pudendal Nerve Decompression surgery) and more recently Cyprus (to have a Tarlov Cyst removed) and so am willing to travel - though am now very disabled and bordering on broke..! Though if the right GENUINE Dr could be found, I'd raise the money and crawl there! I would really welcome any replies as I feel SO terrified, guilty (on the impact this is having on my Mother), incredibly depressed, shocked, and WORN OUT with the relentless nightmare of constant, off the wall, 10/10 PAIN... Thank you in advance of any replies - Fiona
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Old 09-15-2015, 06:58 AM
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