So went for my second opinion today to a doctors office in a different City about a hour away. He tells me the neurosurgeon I am seeing is crazy , that a bone growth stimulator will do nothing for my loose screws. The only way to "hopefully" fix it is a revision. However he would not be able to claim it as comp because it results from a failed fusion. I said well working has caused the screws to loosen correct and he said yes, but it would of happened eventually because no fusion has occurred.
He said I would probably get 50% comp instead of 100, and my insurance would have to pay for the fusion. I don't care what insurance pays for it, I do care about dropping my comp.... that would suck so I say well comp bought me the bone growth stimulator, so they are taking responsibility for the screws loosening, he said I will not commit Comp fraud lol ... I said oh no no I was just asking why they would of paid for it if they didn't have to...
Anyway here is the issues, I have already had two surgeries and this will be the third in the same spot same scar, they will have to carefully pull back the scar tissue and peel it off until they get to the hardware, the doctor says there is a chance that peeling off the scar tissue could tear the dura sac and cause paralysis. I asked what percentage and he said he didnt want to put a number there but that it was higher percentage then with my first two surgeries.
Ya well, kinda made me nervous, and then he said if it didn't work this time I would be out of luck because no one would ever be able to perform another surgery in that area again.Honestly what do I do??????
Take the chance?? Or just give up and live as good as a life as I can with how I am.
It was a very disturbing appointment this doctor showed me that the screw that caused the second surgery did not pop out into the spinal canal that's where the idiot first doctor put it, he also showed me where the first surgeon started to put a screw but then changed his mind so there is just a hole there in my vertebra, Also he says and I quote " what the hell is that, oh my god is that your cage in your canal? that's permanent nerve damage" I am like what I don't know and permanent what if you don't take it out and fix it or already . He said both whatever that meant.
Even more confused now then I was before. Any help is appreciated... gonna take a Ativan now, since I finally got them ...
Sorry this is so long I just really am at a loss.