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Old 03-26-2009, 01:32 AM
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Default Surgery in April

Oh jeez -- I really don't have much choice now - either have the pain I am in or do something. So I met with the surgeon today - name with held. He told me like everyone else reviewing my case...how did you get yourself into this. Your back is healthy...the joints all look great EXCEPT the anterlothesis of L5-S1. It is very unique in the fact that this does not happen to people without other areas of problems through the spine...but the MRI is conclusive that you have a nice slip and he said a fusion would be the route that would be the only thing he would do - disc replacement really is out there - but this should work. My health is good and the rest of my back is very normal and he says should be a very good option.

So I have had 3 physical therapist say jeez - you may need to do something
I have had 7 docs all say the same thing - so surgery is the route. This doc has credentials and practices at Piedmont in Atlanta which has very good scores on JCAHO, patient surveys and physician surveys - so NOW YOUR TURN -- THOUGHTS...
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Old 03-26-2009, 03:22 AM
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I am so glad that you are able to move forward and you sound comfortable with your decision. I think with the consensus of opinions you can't wrong especially if you have confidence in your surgeon. Please keep us updated on your progress and when you will be having the surgery.
Cervical fusion C4-6 March 2002
Fall on tailbone causing sciatica and back pain April 05
Conservative Treatment and PM for 2 years
Discogram concordant pain @L4-S1 Aug. 07
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Prodiscs removed and discs fused at L4-S1 Feb. 09
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Old 03-26-2009, 05:47 PM
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Moving forward is positive and having satisfied yourself with your doctor and fusion, you've chosen that route. Good for you.

My confusion is why you've chosen to withhold the name of the surgeon. My sixth sense is telling me something. Reasons for secrecy aren't always as they appear. Maybe I'm wrong... maybe not.

Mo matter, I hope you find the relief you seek and wish you good luck, Dale
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:34 PM
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My friend had surgery in Atlanta in January (I think ). She had fusion of Cervical colum... she is doing better finally.

Good luck to you........

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Old 03-26-2009, 10:56 PM
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Good luck... please keep us posted. I'm looking forward to hearing about your excellent outcome!
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Old 03-27-2009, 12:00 AM
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Hi Jake

Glad to hear your moving forward

Best wishes on your outcome

Keep us posted

L5-S1 lam 1994
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