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tstano77ttstano77 Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:51 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
What reason would a Doctor have for not fixing an incomplete fusion after 15 months? With the horriable pain and being almost bed ridden I need to know my options. Could it be that I had to go on Medicaid?


  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,364
    I had non-union ... non fusion of my first 2 level ACDF ... during my first year "recovery" the neuro surgeon would not admit to the non union .... he kept on saying give it more time ... I finally gave up and went and saw another doc ... an orthopedic surgeon who not only said that I had non-union .... but another disc had blown and now I would need an anterior and posterior 3 level .... It wasn't until a recent visit with the ortho now some 4.5 years later that he "slipped" and stated that the neuro had "used the wrong sized plate" for the first surgery. There can be many reasons that A surgeon would not want to perform surgery again .... it implies a failure and who likes to admit failure? You may want to attempt to get a second opinion outside of that group ... and maybe a different specialty ....as for the insurance ... give it time we'll all be on a "form" of medicaid!!

    Good Luck and remain strong .... your journey has just begun.

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  • I appreciate your post so very much! I am at the point where I feel like I am going crazy. My life is at a stand still and I have lost my home, my Jag, and everything I worked for in the same line of work for 20 years. I am seeing new Dr. next month. My Dr slipped up in November when discussing the discograhm his pain Dr did on me. The Dr. that did it said the dye shot straight threw my lower disc and he knew I would have to have surgery. What the jackass did was shoot dye threw the disc my surgeon had done 7 years ago on my lower back! So I deal with the incomplete fusion in my neck and horriable pain and charlie horses on a daily (nightly) basis. I just want fixed...
  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,364
    My first little surgery ... and all the months of seeing different specialists ... seeking treatments and medications and new doctors .... has caused me to lose everything I have worked for during the past thirty years ... my marriage, my home, my health, my credit, my freedom, my employment, my $ etc .. etc ... but I still have my sense of humor ... or so some say.

    Warmest Regards and Wishes for Better Outcomes!

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  • that you are going through this! My husband had a spinal fusion, and it failed. He was also on medicaid at that time. Well, his surgeon told him that he was just fine. He wouldn't do anything to help him. Some doctors just don't want to deal with it anymore.
    Can you go see another surgeon?
  • Metalneck said:
    It wasn't until a recent visit with the ortho now some 4.5 years later that he "slipped" and stated that the neuro had "used the wrong sized plate" for the first surgery.
    Maybe 4 years is the statute of limitations for malpractice in your state.
  • I think some doctors just don't like to do revision surgery due to the failure rate,I had one of them.
    My suggestion would be find another doc who specializes in revision surgery thats what I did.
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