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New Appointment

EMS GuyEEMS Guy Posts: 916
edited 02/20/2013 - 3:36 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have an appointment tomorrow morning with an Orthopedic Surgeon regarding my spine. He is not the surgeon who did my original fusion. I was told to see this doctor by a person I know because of the positive results he had.

I have since found out that this surgeon has been in some high profile lawsuits regarding fusion surgeries and money he received from ********(can’t mention company as it violates SH forum rules).

I am REALLY on the fence about this. This doctor is supposed to be very good in determining if issues someone is having may be bone overgrowth related or not. This is what my concern is now. I’m taking my last MRI CD disk with me for him to review.

In speaking with my WC Nurse Case Manager (who I think is the BEST), she assured me that if he recommends surgery they (WC) will not allow it unless there is overwhelming evidence that the procedure will help.

All this being said, I don’t know whether to believe what the guy says or not. It would be one thing if there wasn’t all the lawsuit issues (which none appear to be malpractice related). Decisions, decisions!!!!

Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2


  • ouch2oouch2 Posts: 1,270
    edited 02/21/2013 - 6:01 PM
    Was wondering how your appointment went today with the surgeon? What did you think of them, and were they helpful?
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • I went to the appointment and the surgeon was a very polite gentleman. He read my MRI and showed me everything on the MRI that he was talking about.

    My problem is not BMP related. It is a huge amount of scar tissue that is mixed in with muscle. He explained that when a doctor uses a minimally invasive procedure, it can actually cause more scar tissue and complications than doing a traditional open procedure.

    There is a huge area of scarring starting just above L3 and going down to S1. There is nothing he or any other surgeon can do to fix the problem. Essentially, I have a lifetime of medication to look forward to taking. Where there isn't scar tissue, there is osteoarthritis.

    I was hoping for better news, but in the big picture there are people much worse off than myself and I should thank heaven's that I still can get around and go to work!

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • Thats good to know about minamal invasive surgery. Im having front and back cut and was worried but this is what they have to do.I have2 degenerated disk desease,Scoliosis,Spondyloisthesis forward slippageofone vertebra on another plus alot of arthritis.My surgery is 3 13. So this surgeon is saying you dont need more surgery?
    Kathy B
  • He said there is no surgery that can fix what's been done. If he tries to cut out scar tissue, it's just going to create even more the next time. Same with trying to minimize the osteoarthritis.

    Even if he takes the hardware out, that will create even more scar tissue. I'll just have to learn to live with it. Good luck with your surgery!

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
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