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Forum: New Member Introductions 04-10-2009, 01:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 11,920
Posted By treefrog
Good advice rhatzy. As far as how long disc...

Good advice rhatzy.

As far as how long disc replacements last, no one can really say for sure. I think that the first person to have one implanted, about 22+ years ago, is still going strong. But...
Forum: New Member Introductions 04-09-2009, 02:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 11,920
Posted By treefrog
None of us are doctors, or know enough to tell...

None of us are doctors, or know enough to tell you what you should do. You need to make that decision for yourself. But in order to make the decision, you need to have information, and that is where...
Forum: The Big File 04-07-2009, 02:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,872
Posted By treefrog
I have had a similar experience, though not as...

I have had a similar experience, though not as severe as what you are describing. I had what felt like typical sciatica pain, that seemed to be associated with constipation. Since I don't have the...
Forum: New Member Introductions 04-07-2009, 01:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,560
Posted By treefrog
Jessica, you will find a lot of information here...

Jessica, you will find a lot of information here to help you figure out if disc replacement is right for you.

Can you tell us a little more about your condition? What sorts of tests have you had...
Forum: Insurance Hell 04-02-2009, 03:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,697
Posted By treefrog
Wow, well that's got to be very disappointing for...

Wow, well that's got to be very disappointing for you.
PT?? :insane:

Vent all you want, I'd say it was understandable.
Forum: Insurance Hell 04-01-2009, 11:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 9,891
Posted By treefrog
That is good news Jason. I'm very happy for you....

That is good news Jason. I'm very happy for you. Now I will be hoping that the Bryan disc gets approved, and that Aetna will also approve using that disc for you.
Forum: Insurance Hell 03-31-2009, 12:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,697
Posted By treefrog
JJames, I want to thank you for offering to post...

JJames, I want to thank you for offering to post what Dr. Yue says about hybrid surgeries. I have heard both arguments, on fusion or TDR at L5/S1.

Good luck with your appointment tomorrow.
Forum: The Big File 03-25-2009, 03:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,586
Posted By treefrog
Good luck Bob. I'll be thinking good thoughts for...

Good luck Bob. I'll be thinking good thoughts for you on Friday.

Can't wait to hear how everything went.
Forum: Manufacturer Product Information 03-23-2009, 04:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 21,394
Posted By treefrog
I don't see any information on the Maverick disc...

I don't see any information on the Maverick disc on their site. Does anyone know why this is? I saw that there was some lawsuit by Synthes (I think), last summer, related to the Maverick disc. Could...
Forum: The Big File 02-04-2009, 12:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 21,714
Posted By treefrog
Thanks. I actually work in an academic lab, so I...

Thanks. I actually work in an academic lab, so I have access to most journal articles. If you give me the name of the article, journal name, volume, page numbers, I should be able to pull it up. In...
Forum: Insurance Hell 02-03-2009, 02:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 16,732
Posted By treefrog
Truck - the neurosurgeon that I had a second...

Truck - the neurosurgeon that I had a second opinion with said that the European system is not as good as our FDA process, and that is why he doesn't trust what little data they have.

It's a...
Forum: The Big File 02-03-2009, 01:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 22,405
Posted By treefrog
I wouldn't count on a verbal approval, get it in...

I wouldn't count on a verbal approval, get it in writing.
Forum: The Big File 02-03-2009, 01:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 21,714
Posted By treefrog
That link only took me to Medscape log in page,...

That link only took me to Medscape log in page, so I don't know which article you are referring to. I have seen a number of articles on the importance of hardware positioning, which is why I want to...
Forum: The Big File 02-02-2009, 04:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 21,714
Posted By treefrog
jettylou, I am considering going overseas for ADR...

jettylou, I am considering going overseas for ADR surgery. But I want to wait to get this new MRI, and start asking my doctors for copies of my films and reports. I will also be asking my PM doc...
Forum: The Big File 01-29-2009, 04:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 21,714
Posted By treefrog
Thanks everyone. I am going to seek out other...

Thanks everyone. I am going to seek out other opinions. I want to see if I can go to someone who is much more experienced in ADR surgery, than the first surgeon that I saw. I am not ruling him out,...
Forum: The Big File 01-28-2009, 01:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 21,714
Posted By treefrog
Second Opinion

I had my second opinion appointment. That was a disappointment. Well, he did order another MRI, which is good because the last one was over a year ago. And he did flexion and extension x-rays, though...
Forum: The Big File 01-15-2009, 09:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 21,714
Posted By treefrog
Well, unfortunately the call was not for an...

Well, unfortunately the call was not for an appointment, he wanted the other surgeon's notes from my 1 appointment with him. I don't really understand this, since I want an independent opinion. But,...
Forum: The Big File 01-14-2009, 10:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 21,714
Posted By treefrog
Getting a second opinion

Well, it has been a little while since I've been here. But I am hoping that I will be getting a second opinion soon, with the neurosurgeon at Duke. Originally they had asked for my CT scan results,...
Forum: The Big File 01-02-2009, 06:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,481
Posted By treefrog
I have an Aeron chair at work and I love it....

I have an Aeron chair at work and I love it. Since my discogram (I've had more pain) I am definitely noticing that it reduces my lower back pain. I don't know how it will be after surgery.

But I...
Forum: The Big File 01-01-2009, 02:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 19,809
Posted By treefrog
Terry, I have only been a member here for a short...

Terry, I have only been a member here for a short while, and I have appreciated much of the very thoughtful advice that you have given to the discussions here. You will be missed, that is clear.
...
Forum: The Big File 01-01-2009, 02:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 21,714
Posted By treefrog
Thanks Harrison and keziah. I have not...

Thanks Harrison and keziah.

I have not talked with Dr. Musante since the last time. Now that the holidays are winding down, I will get my new list of questions and call him again.

Yesterday my...
Forum: The Big File 12-31-2008, 03:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 21,714
Posted By treefrog
Yes, I have been looking for information on disc...

Yes, I have been looking for information on disc replacement surgery, but like you said, a lot of the information is contradictory. And there isn't a lot of conclusive data.

Since I have been...
Forum: The Big File 12-23-2008, 06:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 21,714
Posted By treefrog
Thanks truckit. I am not a NC native, so I don't...

Thanks truckit. I am not a NC native, so I don't exactly know where Henderson county is, but since you say you are in Western NC, then I will assume it is in the mountains.

To answer a few of...
Forum: The Big File 12-23-2008, 04:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 11,711
Posted By treefrog
Ah yes, snow shoveling is what started my lumbar...

Ah yes, snow shoveling is what started my lumbar pain in the first place (though I don't think it was the direct cause). And of course I was doing it incorrectly. Now I live in NC, I don't have to...
Forum: The Big File 12-23-2008, 04:47 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 102,119
Posted By treefrog
Two levels, L4/L5 and L5/S1. Looking into...

Two levels, L4/L5 and L5/S1.

Looking into either two level fusion or ADR at L4/L5 and fusion at L5/S1.
Scared to think about the possibility of further degeneration.
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