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So, here I am, 50 yrs. old with a 50 degree spine (Scoliosis) curve - all sorts of disc issues meaning chronic lower back pain. I also have a lot of Arthritis in my spine so spinal fusion surgery just isn't an option for me. I feel like I will try anything to ease my pain at this point. I've tried every type of painkiller (nausea issues), as well as many other meds. My trial is this Wednesday (9/18) and I am really hoping this will be the answer I've been searing for to manage my pain. Just wanted to introduce myself. I've been lurking for a while and have gotten some really great information and advice from this forum.

Thanks everyone!


  • good luck, remember no miracles. I honestly dont know how this works for scoliosis? But good luck!
  • The reason that I am asking is that given the extent of the curve, it seems to me that it would be better if you got that taken care of first, and if that doesn't address the pain enough, then consider a spinal cord stimulator. They are meant to be used as a treatment of last resort, rather than one to mask pain and symptoms to avoid surgery....
    I am concerned that it might not work, if the curve worsens or it might cause other concerns if the curve worsens and there isn't enough room for the cord and the spinal fluid , with the leads in there......
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  • Hi Sandi, yes, I have consulted with two Orthopedic surgeons. Neither could promise that surgery would help my pain which is why I had the SCS trial in September. I went to a Neurosurgeon today who may be doing my permanent with a paddle. My issue with him is that he's out of my insurance network so unless he will accept my insurance company's rate as payment in full, negociate a reduced fee in advance or do something to avoid balance billing me I will have to doctor-shop which I do NOT want to do. I just don't have thousands of dollars to pay medical bills when I do in fact have insurance.
  • Hi
    If you have to, before surgeon shopping ask your rep who else does them in your area with good results that your insurance will cover. If I went out of network they would only pay fifty percent of what they would pay there own doctors which did not seem right.
    What brand did you have a trial with.

  • cost me a total of $300.00. Thats for the unit, surgeon and surgi center.
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  • Terri
    You say your.cost was around $300 but what did your insurance pay.
    My unit was around $14000.00 paid out by insurance so if out of pocket it can add up.
    I have heard others say there's were $40000.00 which may be a uninsured full price.
    My insurance at the time paid less then any other company by a contract price.
    I felt bad my surgeon didn't get much for four hours that it took him. There were problems and it ran way over.
  • TerriPTTerriP Posts: 301
    edited 11/15/2013 - 12:37 PM
    He was a pain management BUT he teaches all the neuro's in this part of Fla and Georgia. My rep picked him. My unit was about the same price. My COBRA changed to an HMO and that saved me a LOT. After x-amount it was paid at %100 because it was a surgicenter. If it was anything else...the way the policy is written it would have me a lot more. They were all paid %100 of the agreed and allowed rate.That included Home health wound care! I lice a lone and couldnt reach back there. My surgeon spent at least 3 hours....They wrapped up at 7 pm the center was closed. I thanked him. OUT of POCKET it would have been prohibitive. There are so many other fees drugs, x-rays, on and on and on.
  • Your rep knows who gets results. With Medtronic they dont get commissions they go buy territory success ranking. The reps want the best outcomes so they use the best dr's. I think they get compensation based on results. Thats what I was told before surgery....we will see about that. My Pain Management Dr left if up to the rep. He had never used this dr surgeon before. They couldnt or wouldnt put a padle in my neck
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