Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Veritas-Health LLC has recently released patient forums to our Arthritis-Health web site.

Please visit http://www.arthritis-health.com/forum

There are several patient story videos on Spine-Health that talk about Arthritis. Search on Patient stories
Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
Attention New Members
Your initial discussion or comment automatically is sent to a moderator's approval queue before it can be published.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

Stabilization of the Spine

EnnaEEnna Spain but BritishPosts: 21
edited 04/12/2014 - 6:13 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I live near Valencia and arrived in Spain 4 years ago. I have no health insurance.

I had decompression with xxxxx privately but arriving in Spain I am still just as much in pain as I was in the UK.

My question is: If I have stabilization of my spine, are there any down sides to the surgery.

I had a very thorough set of X Rays and MRIs done in Benidorm. I then consulted one of the top back surgeons in Valencia and although didn't get any report in writing he suggested that I have stabilization and thought that it should have been done when I had decompression. My savings are dwindling fast - this op of stabilization will cost me 16,000€ if I have it done.

I would really like someone to tell me what the downsides are (I know all about fusion and already had an interspinous distraction device ("Inspace) which didn't work. I know I won't be in pain after the operation but is this pain free for a number of years and then another operation or pain free for good.

I'm getting to the stage now that I am 70 - do i carry on with this pain until I pop my clogs (with medication of course) what does Tramadol/Lyrica/Paracetamol do in the long term ...

Lots of questions but hope some one can help me. Thanks for reading this

Post edited to remove specific doctor's name by Liz The spine-health moderator team.
Sign In or Register to comment.