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HELP!! Need to find a second opinion/surgeon in Texas.

I need help finding a reputable surgeon in Texas. We need a second opinion!! Read my story below and that will explain our situation.

"My husband has had two back surgeries, the last one replaced a couple discs, fusion and decompression. At first he did okay but after a while the pain in his back traveled down to the sacroiliac region and now he has major numbness and weakness in both legs. He is confined to a bed because he cannot sit or stand more than 20 minutes. When he does get up it's scary, he often falls. I have gotten a chair for him, one specialized for him, and hopefully that will help, but right now he is in bad shape. I can't go back to work and I stay with him 24/7. Unless, I can get back to work, I don't know what we're going to do. This has become more difficult because we have a seven year old daughter. She is the apple of her dad's eye and he is so upset that he can't do more with her. I need some sort of guidance and support. Is there anyone out there who might be able to help?"

Went to the New neurosurgeon.
"We had our appt. yesterday. The appointment went relatively well. The doctor noticed a few things on his myelogram. First off, we found out that his fusion surgery on L4, L5 and S1 did not fuse. He also told us that the disc replacements were loosening and it seems most of the pain and numbness is coming from the Sacroiliac region. He wants to do a fusion of S1 and I guess S2. My problem was that he was rushed. He didn't take his time answering our questions and he talked to his partner like we weren't even in the room. I am leaning toward a second opinion! We don't need to go through all this again."

Thanks ahead of time for your help!!
So that's where we are now. Does ANYONE have any suggestions for a second opinion?


  • ChelleBelleATXCChelleBelleATX Posts: 67
    edited 06/05/2014 - 10:41 AM
    What area are you in? I have a great surgeon who will be doing my fusion July 1st. I am in Austin.
    Grade 1 Anterolisthesis/Spondy L5/S1 with Modic changes and mild disc protrusion, DDD, Osteoarthritis L2/L3, Stenosis, Sciatica, Herniation L4/L5. Scheduled for 360 spinal fusion/decompression July 1, 2014.
  • Finding capable/skilled and most of all exp.... surgeons for the spine is as tempered of a task as the surgery itself,i went threw 37 surgery practices in 5 years that all refused to even touch my spine except a few agreed to prepare my spine for neck down paralization...finally I found a great one in Denver who is and was amazing....I can not express how greatful I am to have found him as he is one of a handful of surgeons in the world who had ever attempted(and successfully done) my type of surgery...as much research as ive done I can only find 2 others who have had a comparative surgery to mine....so if you don't mind.I would give you the advice ....ITS WORTH IT TO SPEND THE MONEY TO TRAVEL AND SEE GREAT SURGEONS.....
  • ChelleBelleATX said:
    What area are you in? I have a great surgeon who will be doing my fusion July 1st. I am in Austin.
    How'd it go I wonder.
    L4-L5 ....issues.

    3/14 microdisecmy l4 l5 then re-herniaited
    7/14 fusion L4 L5
    Possible dura tear
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