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Forum: New Member Introductions 03-07-2019, 08:39 AM
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Posted By Robb235
I've started a new thread here documenting my...

I've started a new thread here documenting my surgery and recovery:

https://www.adrsupport.org/forums/showthread.php?p=118012#post118012
Forum: New Member Introductions 03-04-2019, 08:35 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,374
Posted By Robb235
Well, I made it to Plano, Texas. Did all my...

Well, I made it to Plano, Texas. Did all my pre-op stuff today. The meeting with the psychologist was interesting. You take a test which is 433 questions long. Some of the questions are pretty...
Forum: New Member Introductions 03-04-2019, 07:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,374
Posted By Robb235
Dude, wtf are you talking about. Why do I have to...

Dude, wtf are you talking about. Why do I have to go to Bertagnoli? And why do I need to pay my surgeon upfront with cash? Is he suddenly going to perform better? And guess what, if I had surgery and...
Forum: New Member Introductions 03-03-2019, 12:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,374
Posted By Robb235
What are you talking about? Is the surgeon going...

What are you talking about? Is the surgeon going to perform better if I had fought with the insurance company beforehand, or paid out of pocket?
Forum: New Member Introductions 02-21-2019, 03:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,374
Posted By Robb235
Forgot to mention that I got my pre-approval from...

Forgot to mention that I got my pre-approval from Tricare (Humana Military) for the procedure. No denials, no appeals, no fuss so far. Hopefully the insurance side of things stays that way.
Forum: New Member Introductions 02-21-2019, 03:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,374
Posted By Robb235
12 days out from having surgery, and I'd be lying...

12 days out from having surgery, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous.

But my flight to and from Atlanta to Dallas is booked (flying Southwest). Hotel room is booked for that week...
Forum: New Member Introductions 02-07-2019, 02:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,709
Posted By Robb235
Who did your ADR?

Who did your ADR?
Forum: New Member Introductions 02-04-2019, 10:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,709
Posted By Robb235
Who performed your ADR?

Who performed your ADR?
Forum: New Member Introductions 02-03-2019, 08:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,238
Posted By Robb235
Sort of sounds like me. I ruptured my L5/S1 while...

Sort of sounds like me. I ruptured my L5/S1 while running sprints. I too had had mild lower back pain, but just chalked it up to the rigors of the army. But running sprints that day was the straw...
Forum: New Member Introductions 01-31-2019, 03:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,374
Posted By Robb235
Met with Dr. Blumenthal today. Cool guy. Told me...

Met with Dr. Blumenthal today. Cool guy. Told me I'm a candidate for ActivL ADR at L5-S1. So I'm scheduled for surgery March 5th. Hopefully it's a smooth operation.

On another note, I asked his...
Forum: New Member Introductions 01-27-2019, 01:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,374
Posted By Robb235
That's definitely the goal.

That's definitely the goal.
Forum: New Member Introductions 01-25-2019, 10:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,374
Posted By Robb235
I had a steroid injection (two actually) in my...

I had a steroid injection (two actually) in my lower back on Monday 1/21. Didn't seem to do much for me.


I'm scheduled to meet with Dr. Blumenthal next Thursday 1/31. So I'm flying out there and...
Forum: New Member Introductions 01-16-2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,374
Posted By Robb235
Heard back from TBI yesterday. Dr. Blumenthal...

Heard back from TBI yesterday. Dr. Blumenthal reviewed my MRI, and wanted flex/extension x-rays, as well as a CT scan. Luckily my local orthopedic surgeon had wanted those as well, so I already had...
Forum: New Member Introductions 01-14-2019, 10:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,374
Posted By Robb235
Just an update, I am also reaching out to Texas...

Just an update, I am also reaching out to Texas Back Institute. I've sent them my paperwork and my MRI, and I'm waiting on Dr. Blumenthal to review the information and get back to me. In the mean...
Forum: New Member Introductions 01-08-2019, 05:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,360
Posted By Robb235
Dr. Scott Hodges is in Chattanooga, TN, and does...

Dr. Scott Hodges is in Chattanooga, TN, and does disc replacements. He also does the BlancedBack, but it's not approved in the US. He flies patients to the Caymen Islands and does the surgery there....
Forum: New Member Introductions 01-03-2019, 09:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,374
Posted By Robb235
So the MRI images I posted were from 12/20, and...

So the MRI images I posted were from 12/20, and yesterday (1/2) I had my follow up with the local orthopedic surgeon. She basically told me what I already could see for myself on the MRI and the...
Forum: New Member Introductions 01-02-2019, 12:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,374
Posted By Robb235
I've heard of a few surgeons in the U.S. from...

I've heard of a few surgeons in the U.S. from this site (Blumenthal, Garcia, Zigler, etc.)


But none of those that I listed are in-network with Tricare.

I have found, however, that Doctors...
Forum: New Member Introductions 01-02-2019, 12:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,374
Posted By Robb235
Unfortunately, Texas Back Institute is not...

Unfortunately, Texas Back Institute is not in-network with Tricare (Humana Military) :(

I've been checking different providers to see if they are in-network here:...
Forum: New Member Introductions 12-31-2018, 07:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,374
Posted By Robb235
I'd like to have it covered by my insurance...

I'd like to have it covered by my insurance instead of paying out of pocket, if at all possible.
Forum: Insurance Hell 12-28-2018, 10:18 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,027
Posted By Robb235
Tricare to Cover Lumbar ADR

Found some articles that show that Tricare now covers lumbar ADR. Looks like they started coverage in June of this year (2018), retroactive to November of 2017. Good news for those of us who spent...
Forum: New Member Introductions 12-28-2018, 09:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,374
Posted By Robb235
Ruptured Disc While Running *MRI Images*

Hello everyone. Found the site while researching alternatives to a L5-S1 disc fusion.


Short Story:
o I am a 31 year old male who is in good physical shape. Currently live in Chattanooga, TN.
o...
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