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choosing a surgeon

Im not at this stage yet but im preparing since PT didn't work. I have enough anxiety about possibly being paralyzed from surgery, but I also am having more trouble choosing a surgeon. I looked through my providor directory and read all the reviews for each dr and i find some good reviews some bad reviews aoout how they disabled them...then some of the places that aren't in my insurance like rothman or laser spine i hear good and bad things.

i really don't want to choose the wrong surgeon.
plus i dont think there's any spine surgeons in my plan, so my only option is neurosurgeon, and i feel like they deal more with brains.
ugh
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  • I had my surgery with a neurosurgeon & would do so again if I had to. I think you'll find most of them specialise in brain & spine.
    Microdiscectomy L5S1 January 2014
    Microdiscectomy L5S1 March 2014
    Fusion L5S1 11th August 2014
  • I have a neurosurgeon doing my fusion in March. I wouldn't have it any other way.


    Retrolisthesis C4 of C5 and C5 of C6
    Spondylolthesis C5/C6
    Disc protrusions with Annular Tears C3/C4, C4/C5, and C5/C6
    Disc Material Compressing Spinal Cord C3/C4
    Severe Forminal Stenosis C5/C6
    DDD
    Ankylosing Spondylitis 
    Annular Tears L3/L4 and L5/S1
    Enlarged Facet Joints/Facet Anthrosis L3/L4/L5
    PLIF with Rods, Cage, and Pedicle Screws-L4/L5
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  • still the problem is finding a good neurosurgeon! i see reviews gloating about some surgeons and then ill see some one star reviews for that same surgeon about how he is a quack....and then there are places like laser spine which have mixed reviews..it's hard to know.

    id also like to try a microdiscectomy instead of a fusion but i guess that depends on my issues right?
    btw does back surgery cause one to lose height? i dont want to get shorter.
  • formerweightlifter said:
    still the problem is finding a good neurosurgeon! i see reviews gloating about some surgeons and then ill see some one star reviews for that same surgeon about how he is a quack....and then there are places like laser spine which have mixed reviews..it's hard to know.

    id also like to try a microdiscectomy instead of a fusion but i guess that depends on my issues right?
    btw does back surgery cause one to lose height? i dont want to get shorter.
    .
  • Definitely depends on your issues -- if you can get one or the other, the doctor is probably always going to try a microdiscectomy first and see how you do or if you re-herniate.

    Fusion if anything should probably add height whereas I guess you could technically lose a little from a microdiscectomy but probably nothing you haven't lost already.
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  • JLF1966 said:
    Definitely depends on your issues -- if you can get one or the other, the doctor is probably always going to try a microdiscectomy first and see how you do or if you re-herniate.

    Fusion if anything should probably add height whereas I guess you could technically lose a little from a microdiscectomy but probably nothing you haven't lost already.
    is microdiscectomy a relatively simple procedure with fast recovery as many sites claim? can it be done for a central herniation? is there a high chance of reinjuring it?
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,575
    Really need to be asked to a doctor
    There are no medical professionals on this site. It is also a forum violation to ask or give medical advice
    As long as you realize that everything that is posted on these patient forums is based on personal experience
    That's why we always stress to contact your doctor when you have specific questions
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • I chose an Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon to perform the procedure 6 months ago. NO COMPLAINTS! I was back to work at 10 weeks and the gym at 12. Now , finally getting my pre surgery energy levels back so working out is becoming easier.

    If your considering surgery , try to get as many opinions possible from prospective surgeons. In my situation, I consulted with 4 over the course of 5 years before making my decision. In between these consultations , I used various conservative avenues to alleviate pain. As for adding or losing height , I haven't noticed any as of yet.
    Feel free to PM me for further information.
    About me; 52 year old HWP fit male.
    Regards
    Bilateral L5 spondylolysis L5 with grade I anterolisthesis L5-S1.
    Stable multilevel degenerative spondylosis contributing to mild canal
    narrowing L2-3 and L3-4.
    360 ALIF & PLIF L-4 - S-1 on 8/11/14
    Regards
    Eric
  • thanks man. what surgery did you go through?
  • Both ALIF - front & PLIF - back , 2 level fusion. L4 - S1.
    Bilateral L5 spondylolysis L5 with grade I anterolisthesis L5-S1.
    Stable multilevel degenerative spondylosis contributing to mild canal
    narrowing L2-3 and L3-4.
    360 ALIF & PLIF L-4 - S-1 on 8/11/14
    Regards
    Eric
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