Accurascope procedure

Accurascope procedure

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buckeyeback
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Accurascope procedure

Hi everyone,

After fighting with worker's compensation and having had an independent medical exam which proved I needed "neural decompression", I was approved for and had the "accurascope" procedure on September 9th. The staff were very professional. I couldn't be more pleased with how they treated me and the facility was excellent.

I settled in Dayton the day before the procedure and I had a pre-op appointment where they carefully explained what I was to expect and showed me where to go the next morning.

Surgery day I was given Versed, which is as close to being under General Anesthesia without being under General Anesthesia. I didn't remember much at all except at one point my right ankle hurt and then I remember being in the recovery area.

I had been told before surgery that I could have some leg weakness after surgery which would be a normal reaction to the treatment around the nerve roots. I did in fact have some right leg weakness in the shin muscle and still have some, it is getting better and better. You know how everyone wants you to walk on your toes and heels? Well, I couldn't walk on my right heel because my foot wouldn't point upward. I can lift it up a little bit now. I can tell it's getting better because the associated severe "sunburn" feeling on the top of the right foot has gone away so the nerve is healing.

Aside from the right foot weakness and pain, my left leg/foot (leg I was having the most problems with) immediately felt a lot better. Overall I felt terrific aside from the right foot issues.

I started PT two weeks later and have been exercising mildly in the pool. I reccommend going somewhere that has a pool so you can start working out the muscle/ligament imbalances slowly with less gravity resistance. I get sore after PT still and some symptoms have gradually returned, but I think it is normal in regards to the healing process. My hamstrings and Quadricepts are sooo tight from improper usage and not stretching for over a year that it will take some time.

Overall, I am happy I had it done so far. Time will tell, but I am so glad they only left a 1/4 inch incision. I hardly know I had surgery at all. In fact, i call it a "procedure" instead. My only regret is that I didn't try this first instead of listening to my other docs who wanted to cut stuff. I think it's worth looking into before doing anything more invasive.

GL all.

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Hurray -- Look Who's Back !!

Thanks for the update. Some of us have been wondering whatever happened to you.

How did this relate to the scar tissue issues you thought you might be dealing with? Did you end up with a diagnosis or did they just do the procedure in hopes that it would reduce your pain??

Look forward to hearing all about your recovery as it progresses.

xx Gwennie

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Camera visualization

They diagnosed me with nerve issues in the lower lumbar and did not need nor wanted an MRI because they could see exactly what nerves were inflammed visually during the procedure. They said MRI's can be inconclusive and/or patient's can be misdiagnosed using that diagnostic test. Using the scope with a camera they can see what's wrong and treat it at the same time.

Yes, they said they were able to laser the scar tissue that was trapping my nerve root and it does feel much better.

We will see how well I am doing on down the road. I don't wanna get my hopes up too much.

Insurance and Worker's Comp will cover the procedure BTW.

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I wonder about DDD

I wonder if this proceedure could be done with DDD? I looked at some of the online info on it and on the cervical proceedures. Sounds very interesting, but if there is any DDD, bone spurs, stuff like that, I would think it would still require something more extensive? I'm pretty new to this stuff, so if that is a stupid question, ignore me. smiley

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Never a stupid question

I know they treat spinal stenosis using the camera and laser. I think it would depend on how far along the DDD was.

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another question ~

How does this differ from the other laser spine places that advertise a lot? I guess they do not have a "accurascope" to see what they are looking at, right? Don't they both use lasers to clean up whatever is found?

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I believe the lasers are the

I believe the lasers are the same, but the approach is different. I think LSI uses a transforaminal approach with tubes. One over the other to reach the disc straight in from the back over the affected level. I am pretty sure other "laser spine" techniques are not treating from the base of the spine.

Does that help?

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Any Accurascopt Dr's in Texas?

Hi,

I am in Houston, Tx and can not find a Dr that does this procedure (Accurascope) under workers comp, who did you use and where are they, not sure if Workers Comp will pay for me to go out of state.

Thanks for you help