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.