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Not quite Back or Neck

But I will be having reconstructive surgery on my Achilles tendon April 3rd. I've been dealing with this for about 3 years now, so there are multiple tears, scar tissue forming, tears, etc, etc.

Its a one day surgery. We have discussed this with the doctor, based on all my previous surgeries where I ran into on complication or another. Pain control is also a major concern for the surgeon since I am already a chronic pain patient. He has written several letters of medical necessity to have me admitted, at least for one night. Insurance has refused the initial request and a number of appeals.

The hardest part of this surgery is that I have to be on No-Weight bearing for 5 weeks. We are renting a kneeling scooter so I can get around the house. But , this will be strange for me, because with all of my other surgeries, I could at least gimp around the house.

Surgeon believe I should be back into semi-business by June and at full strength come Oct/Nov
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com


  • Gosh when I read your post all the things you have dealt
    with come to mind and having to battle arthritis like you do
    will make it even more difficult. I hope you have some excellent
    Doctor's to help you and that they are able to keep your pain
    level where it is tolerable.
    That is a long time to recover and I would too have a hard time
    with a scooter wow!
    Will you still be able to support this web-site let's hope so for all
    of us. We do need you Ron that is for sure.
    I have dealt with the insurance thing with Medicare and it has been
    a real eye opener.
    I will hope it comes out good.
  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 552
    Good luck with this new surgery. 5 weeks is a long time to be non weight bearing. Good thing spring is almost here. You can recover from surgery, sitting outside with your feet up & listening to the birds sing!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,839
    as I can while I am recovering.
    Most of it will be from an Iphone or Ipad.
    Sitting at a computer does not look too promising for a while
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Ron
    Just take care of yourself and try to relax.
    Yes in pain it is difficult to post let alone support
    us. I don't do well with sitting around but what
    choice do you have right.
    Wish you the best and keep us posted.
  • We've both been thru a lot lately. I had one of those rolling scooters a few years ago. It worked great and the grandchildren had a blast on it! Hopefully they can get your pain under control.
    Artificial disc at L5S1 for 10 years. Had 3 Level lumbar fusion and Laminectomy on Sept 27, 2013. It was an OLIF (Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion) with cages, BMP, rods & screws. Norco, Plaquenil
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