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Forum: New Member Introductions 10-17-2019, 12:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 250
Posted By phillyjoe
Cyn, you are right and now I remember that I even...

Cyn, you are right and now I remember that I even have that image printed for my files to remind myself to be grateful. Don't know how I forgot. Perhaps I was thinking it was RL who did it. I hope...
Forum: New Member Introductions 10-15-2019, 08:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 250
Posted By phillyjoe
I agree to stay away from RL. You might also...

I agree to stay away from RL. You might also check out Dr Bierstadt in Germany at Oz. I met him personally when he was marketing in the US, but we didn't click the way I did with Clavel.
Due to my...
Forum: International Assistance 08-29-2019, 12:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,003
Posted By phillyjoe
Hello Cyn. I posted some images today. Sorry I...

Hello Cyn.
I posted some images today. Sorry I have been AWOL. As before, thanks for your help in getting me through this. Like you, it wasn't the walk in the park I thought it would be. 3 levels...
Forum: International Assistance 08-03-2019, 10:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,003
Posted By phillyjoe
Hello Cheryl I've been in touch with the team...

Hello Cheryl
I've been in touch with the team in Spain as part of my ongoing followup issues and my 3 year anniversary. Yolanda was great as well as kind in every way. So I am curious about your...
Forum: New Member Introductions 03-20-2019, 02:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 896
Posted By phillyjoe
Have you had a bone density test done?

Have you had a bone density test done?
Forum: New Member Introductions 03-05-2019, 01:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,577
Posted By phillyjoe
Maybe I didn't follow the whole thread. Why the...

Maybe I didn't follow the whole thread. Why the psych testing? Everyone thought I was crazy for going to Spain by myself, with a doc I met on the internet, to get 3 non FDA approved devices! Somehow...
Forum: New Member Introductions 12-09-2018, 12:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,551
Posted By phillyjoe
I saw the reference in this thread to dr jim yue....

I saw the reference in this thread to dr jim yue. I saw him a few times while I was living in CT. Be forewarned, he is hard to pin down with an opinion. And his opinion may change frequently given...
Forum: New Member Introductions 10-14-2018, 12:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,342
Posted By phillyjoe
He may take awhile to get back to you. He doesn't...

He may take awhile to get back to you. He doesn't have the admin team that the others have. But you are buying the surgeon, not the team. Feel free to politely follow up with him. Good luck.
Forum: New Member Introductions 10-12-2018, 12:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,342
Posted By phillyjoe
if you read some old stories on here, dr z was...

if you read some old stories on here, dr z was sometimes a bit of character, though there is no doubt he was a great surgeon. sometimes it was hard to figure out if he was being really conservative...
Forum: New Member Introductions 10-10-2018, 11:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,342
Posted By phillyjoe
Tomas, Dr Bier has long used M6 for C and L. ESP...

Tomas, Dr Bier has long used M6 for C and L. ESP has also been around for some time. Did he say why he recommends ESP over M6L in your case? In any event good luck with your decision and I hope you...
Forum: New Member Introductions 10-06-2018, 04:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,486
Posted By phillyjoe
I thought that any form of spondy, retrolisthesis...

I thought that any form of spondy, retrolisthesis or otherwise, was a contra indication for any form of lumbar ADR? or was grade 1 just not significant enough to worry? Did the doc discuss this...
Forum: International Assistance 05-31-2018, 05:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 12,488
Posted By phillyjoe
i felt that nursing care was at least as good as...

i felt that nursing care was at least as good as in the US and I didn't speak any Spanish. My night translator was a very nice young college student but she basically could sleep through a freight...
Forum: International Assistance 02-18-2018, 09:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 10,939
Posted By phillyjoe
Tony,what type of dynamic stabilization is being...

Tony,what type of dynamic stabilization is being contemplated and why? Dr Bierstadt in Dusseldorf uses the Israeli TOPS system
Forum: New Member Introductions 11-06-2017, 08:08 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 16,153
Posted By phillyjoe
good luck. What degree of spondy do you have at...

good luck. What degree of spondy do you have at 5-s1 that makes you not an adr candidate? try not to be stressed out about the surgery. the decision was the hardest part, and it is behind you now
Forum: New Member Introductions 09-20-2017, 11:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,346
Posted By phillyjoe
Sorry, could you please tell us what exactly you...

Sorry, could you please tell us what exactly you mean by 'probably will settle"? and what evidence are you basing that judgement on? I had not come across anything in my research which would lead to...
Forum: New Member Introductions 08-13-2017, 06:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,180
Posted By phillyjoe
GK-are you still in email communication with Dr...

GK-are you still in email communication with Dr B? if so, has he given any update on when he will publish his study about the M6 failures he showed you? thanks
Forum: New Member Introductions 07-21-2017, 08:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,980
Posted By phillyjoe
were you told no bending, lifting,twisting? were...

were you told no bending, lifting,twisting? were you to NSAIDs to prevent HO? good luck in your recovery. Don't be too eager to go back to work
Forum: International Assistance 06-26-2017, 07:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,325
Posted By phillyjoe
that is strange . I am at the one year follow up...

that is strange . I am at the one year follow up mark and have exchanged several emails with her last week. I suspect that whatever you need isn't in her toolkit and she is likely also chasing the...
Forum: New Member Introductions 05-30-2017, 11:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,624
Posted By phillyjoe
Sorry about your fall. Please try not to be too...

Sorry about your fall. Please try not to be too worried until you know you have something to worry about. Also Clavel apparently has seen this many times, and may not get back to you too quickly, as...
Forum: New Member Introductions 04-28-2017, 08:02 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 16,373
Posted By phillyjoe
Dave, suggest you calm down and continue to...

Dave, suggest you calm down and continue to proceed logically. It is sadly very common to have as many opinions as you have surgeons. The fact that you hear noises, of course, could have very little...
Forum: New Member Introductions 04-07-2017, 11:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,281
Posted By phillyjoe
I have spondy at 4-5, and completely gone 5-S1....

I have spondy at 4-5, and completely gone 5-S1. Clavel said fusion was my only option at 4-5. I asked about dynamic stabilization systems like coflex. He didn't like what they do to your curve and...
Forum: International Assistance 04-05-2017, 07:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,684
Posted By phillyjoe
'horrifying' is a tough word. Sounds like you...

'horrifying' is a tough word. Sounds like you should get ADR and take your chances. Fuse later if you damage the device and your supporting structures. Not something I would ever do, but any aspect...
Forum: International Assistance 03-30-2017, 09:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,684
Posted By phillyjoe
Has Dr Bitan given up on ADR? He was one of the...

Has Dr Bitan given up on ADR? He was one of the earliest docs doing it in NY. Did you discuss any other device for lumbar with Clavel? Like Activ L or others? Good luck but you are in great hands.
Forum: New Member Introductions 03-30-2017, 09:16 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 16,373
Posted By phillyjoe
I bought that insurance from Clavel, but can’t...

I bought that insurance from Clavel, but can’t really tell you what it covered. Someone who had a lumbar adr installed by Clavel, and who later decided to have it removed, was considering going back...
Forum: New Member Introductions 03-29-2017, 10:25 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 16,373
Posted By phillyjoe
Dave, my 2 cents...any surgery is a risk, and...

Dave, my 2 cents...any surgery is a risk, and even if successful, you may have a 'new normal'. If you want to stop further breakdown of your cervical spine and get out of pain, then surgery may be...
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