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ACDF needed; investigating options from rural Kenya

beartumsbbeartums Posts: 1
edited 03/17/2015 - 8:55 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi everyone. I'm new here, but glad to find this group.

I've recently moved to rural Kenya for a two-year position. I was also (more) recently diagnosed with osteophytes and disc herniation causing spinal stenosis in two places. A doctor in Nairobi (Dr. MM Qureshi) has told me that I should have a two-level (possibly 3-level) ACDF.

I liked the doctor quite a bit, but I'm also aware that I lack a lot of information and have no idea how to fill the gap. Initially my inclination was to have Dr. xxxx perform the surgery in Nairobi, but my research indicates that I might have significantly improved outcomes or shorter recovery times if I have surgery in the states (probably houston tx or albany ny, as I have family in the area), despite the extra expense. The big problem is that I have less than 0 information about my options and the qualities and capabilities of the doctors I might consult. Or even if my information about possible outcomes and recovery times is accurate.

What are your thoughts on:
  • What types of information I need before making this decision
  • How best to acquire this information, And
  • The importance of the doctor vs. the facility
Also any other things I might not have thought of? I've spent a fair amount of time reading through the posts, but at this point I do't even know what I don't know.

Thanks!
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