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Cervical Spinal Stenosis



  • Dave,

    I KNEW there was a mushy gushy side in you!! *HUGZ* :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • That's excellent that you got your Senator to help out. I would think that TriCare will have no problem approving the surgery based on the assessment by your VA doc and the civilian doc. TriCare has paid for many non-typical procedures over the last several years without hesitation. The key to it is a well written request from the referring doc. I had one referral turned down and when I called the referral office, they told me exactly what the referral had to say in order to be approved. I told that to the doc, he filled it out that way and I had approval the next day.

    Sorry that you have seen some poor treatment of our vets. I guess it is really location dependent as to the level of care, which is sad. I have spent many months living side by side with our wounded warriors at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda and those folks were being treated very well and had nothing bad to say at all.

    One thing I have seen that makes all the world of difference, is the extended hand of a stranger, a neighbor, a friend or a family member. So we can all of us do something to help our vets and wounded warriors. Simply extend a hand of friendship and see where it takes us.

    Good luck and keep us posted.

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  • I too have heard GREAT things about the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda. You're a zillion percent right on "location, location, location." Down here it is getting better, only because of the negative press over their health care and treatment. With almost 30 years of government service, I stayed with my BCBS - it gives me (in my mind and location) better options so far. :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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