I have been quiet for some time as I had issues with insurance company denying surgery for me. I have kept up with reading, but didn't see the use in posting that I was still appealing the insurance company's decision.
As of now, I am no longer employed (to be expected) and I've switched to my husband's insurance.
My NS's office submitted the paperwork to my current insurance company for approval. I also had an appointment with a different surgeon during this time to get a second opinion. The second surgeon is an Ortho surgeon with specialty in spine surgery. I ended up liking everything the he said and his approach. He touched on things that I had been wondering about all along. Specifically, I have 2 herniated disks, L4/5 and L5/S1. My NS had only been looking at L4/5 during my 2 diskectomies and was planning my fusion on that one level. There were some other things that I had been questioning as well, that the Ortho covered.
Well, wouldn't you know it, my NS's office called yesterday to tell me my surgery has been approved.
I thought this all through very carefully and talked it over with my husband. I think I am going to stick with the Ortho/Spine surgeon I just saw this week.
My surgery is scheduled for October 27th, and will be a 2-level fusion done anteriorly and posteriorly. Is that what is referred to as a 360? I am not sure.
I feel so relaxed now that I know I am finally going to have my surgery and get on the road to recovery and hopefully getting my life back.
I am so relieved and happy, and I just wanted to share that news with you all!