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Forum: New Member Introductions 04-11-2013, 10:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,907
Posted By Slackwater
May I please suggest Dr. Mummaneni, UCSF. He is...

May I please suggest Dr. Mummaneni, UCSF. He is nice, friendly and busy. I like that he is direct. He wrote about patient safety and health policy elsewhere.

I have not seen him as a patient.
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Forum: New Member Introductions 03-28-2013, 07:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 10,383
Posted By Slackwater
Dr. Rolando Garcia, Aventura Florida, was part of...

Dr. Rolando Garcia, Aventura Florida, was part of the FDA clinical trial process for ADR / TDR from my limited recall. Dr. Garcia possibly did work in the Aesculap active-L TDR FDA Clinical Trial. ...
Forum: New Member Introductions 03-18-2013, 07:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 16,748
Posted By Slackwater
hybrid

Insurance is a valid point. Cigna as an example has a coverage statement / policy that includes single-level lumbar ADR/TDR, but not a "hybrid" (adr+Fusion). Cigna might cover two (2) level fusion...
Forum: New Member Introductions 03-06-2013, 01:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,906
Posted By Slackwater
The Bryan artificial disc replacement is for the...

The Bryan artificial disc replacement is for the cervical spine / neck. The testing started many years ago in the U.S. (more in Europe?) with an FDA approval in 2009.

FDA - Link...
Forum: New Member Introductions 02-27-2013, 01:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,053
Posted By Slackwater
Lumbar is approved in the U.S. for one (1) level...

Lumbar is approved in the U.S. for one (1) level to my limited understanding.

Do you have a reference on FDA.gov that states two (2) level is approved for lumbar?

The approved lumbar...
Forum: Insurance Hell 02-05-2013, 02:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,449
Posted By Slackwater
Revised January 15, 2013 BCBSF Medical Policies...

Revised January 15, 2013
BCBSF Medical Policies (Medical Coverage Guidelines) (http://mcgs.bcbsfl.com/?doc=Artificial%20Intervertebral%20Discs)

Blue Cross Blue Shield Coverage Position above.
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Forum: New Member Introductions 01-31-2013, 01:47 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 20,693
Posted By Slackwater
May I please ask, did Dr. Dare, Dr. Lauryssen or...

May I please ask, did Dr. Dare, Dr. Lauryssen or Dr. Clavel ask for the discogram?

S
Forum: New Member Introductions 01-14-2013, 05:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 9,292
Posted By Slackwater
You asked if a wait and see approach hurts. I...

You asked if a wait and see approach hurts.
I agree with both on the above:
a. depends
b. healing is short of full function

There are "red flags" where surgery is indicated. I am not a...
Forum: International Assistance 01-13-2013, 11:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 12,279
Posted By Slackwater
I wish a good night's sleep for you and that you...

I wish a good night's sleep for you and that you get rid of the pain. You have my best wishes from California, S

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slackwater_sf
Forum: New Member Introductions 12-13-2012, 06:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 7,174
Posted By Slackwater
BalanC

Bing ->

Medtronic’s CD Horizon BalanC™Spinal System CE Mark (LINK (http://www.medlatest.com/2012/03/22/ce-mark-for-medtronics-cd-horizon-balancspinal-system/))

CE Mark, more LINK...
Forum: Insurance Hell 12-01-2012, 07:09 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,510
Posted By Slackwater
Anthem: Barricaid®, XcloseTM, DART annulus closure after discectomy, late 2012

Anthem Insurance considers annular closure as investigational and not medically necessary.


Anthem Coverage Position (http://www.anthem.com/ca/medicalpolicies/policies/mp_pw_c148393.htm)
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Forum: New Member Introductions 10-11-2012, 05:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,583
Posted By Slackwater
Best wishes from California. I have no idea what...

Best wishes from California. I have no idea what kind of device was used. May I please suggest ask the surgeon about the device brand/mfg when the staples are removed?

There are a couple of...
Forum: New Member Introductions 10-03-2012, 04:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,680
Posted By Slackwater
1. Please ask for a copy of your pre and...

1. Please ask for a copy of your pre and post-operative discectomy MRIs for use with the next surgeon, if you choose that path.

2. True, patience makes a difference. Two (2)-year results appear...
Forum: New Member Introductions 09-20-2012, 08:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,717
Posted By Slackwater
You are reading and that is good in my limited...

You are reading and that is good in my limited opinon. Several journal articles cite the above difference, so I agree with the above in general. I am not MRI trained.

There are trade-offs,...
Forum: New Member Introductions 08-28-2012, 11:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,257
Posted By Slackwater
Best wishes for you moving forward from...

Best wishes for you moving forward from California. I am glad you got it sorted out. I am sorry you had to go into surgery, ...

Assume you got a ProDisc. Keep on with PT as prescribed, mental...
Forum: Insurance Hell 08-14-2012, 06:02 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,065
Posted By Slackwater
ryOrtho, Aug 8, 2012, BS and Stalling From Insurers

RYORTHO, August 8,2012 ( LINK (http://ryortho.com/spine.php?article=839_70-Screw-Misplacement-BS-and-Stalling-From-Insurers-and-more) )

Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Wed, Aug 8th, 2012
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Forum: New Member Introductions 08-01-2012, 07:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,595
Posted By Slackwater
Get the insurance warrior book. I suggest no...

Get the insurance warrior book. I suggest no "appeals" before you read the book and you have concrete examples of success. There are nuances to insurance that I can not begin to explain.
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Forum: New Member Introductions 07-17-2012, 03:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,482
Posted By Slackwater
Side Notes, I do not recall seeing a journal...

Side Notes,
I do not recall seeing a journal article or case report with ADR at L2/L3.

Other:
Your surgeon said something about lumbar obstacles / failures. In the event somebody reads this...
Forum: New Member Introductions 07-17-2012, 03:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,482
Posted By Slackwater
You appear to have more confidence in your path...

You appear to have more confidence in your path forward and that is good.


slackwater_sf
Forum: New Member Introductions 07-10-2012, 08:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,494
Posted By Slackwater
I ~trust laid-up-doc more than what I...

I ~trust laid-up-doc more than what I think/write. She wrote about a "unimpressive MRI". Both you and she got the discography. I somewhat understand what she wrote. I suggested looking around to see...
Forum: New Member Introductions 07-09-2012, 09:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,801
Posted By Slackwater
Thumbs up.

Thumbs up.
Forum: New Member Introductions 07-09-2012, 06:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,494
Posted By Slackwater
Discography is OK, a part of standard procedure...

Discography is OK, a part of standard procedure for many surgeons. I had a discography performed. Please note that not all surgeons believe in the use of discography and several advocate questions...
Forum: New Member Introductions 07-08-2012, 07:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,801
Posted By Slackwater
Best wishes (luck) moving forward. Anthem...

Best wishes (luck) moving forward.

Anthem Blue Cross coverage position
SURG.00055 Artificial Intervertebral Discs (http://www.anthem.com/ca/medicalpolicies/policies/mp_pw_a053354.htm)

Anthem...
Forum: New Member Introductions 05-03-2012, 08:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,076
Posted By Slackwater
There are a lot of factors. The diagnostic is...

There are a lot of factors. The diagnostic is good. Best wishes from this side, S->
Forum: New Member Introductions 03-26-2012, 02:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 9,571
Posted By Slackwater
The new surgeon may choose ADR/TDR or fusion. ...

The new surgeon may choose ADR/TDR or fusion. You made a valid decision on the surgeon.

We get our advice from different places with varying levels of confidence.
The surgical tech is valid,...
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