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Forum: New Member Introductions 02-28-2013, 07:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,626
Posted By trkdoc714
reminder

Boxer,

The distraction pain you mention isn't all that harmful. Lifting the vertabae back to their natural height is primary in freeing up nerve roots. You're not doing any damage but the longer...
Forum: New Member Introductions 02-28-2013, 06:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,626
Posted By trkdoc714
success story

Boxer,

I am one of the many success stories from ADR surgery. Nearly 4 years ago, I ignored the rumor mill and had a two level Lumbar ADR surgery at Stenum. Although I suffer a little nerve damage...
Forum: New Member Introductions 12-31-2012, 06:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 13,139
Posted By trkdoc714
Malte Peterson

Harrison,

I was told Malte parted company with Stenum late last year or very early in 2012. The hospital has changed hands and is under new ownership. The relationship between Peterson and old/...
Forum: New Member Introductions 12-30-2012, 06:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 13,139
Posted By trkdoc714
Bio on Dr. Bierstedt

Although I had an extremely good result from the 2 level ADR at Stenum and will recommend them to anyone that asks, it appears Harrison is mistakenly connecting Dr. Bierstedt with Stenum. Below is...
Forum: New Member Introductions 05-10-2011, 07:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 9,969
Posted By trkdoc714
Harrison, It should be understood that your...

Harrison,

It should be understood that your research on Stenum did not include Stenum's side. Stenum will not violate patient confidentiality at any time. I find it difficult to digest as truth...
Forum: New Member Introductions 05-10-2011, 06:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 9,969
Posted By trkdoc714
I had successful surgery by Dr. Ritter-Lang on...

I had successful surgery by Dr. Ritter-Lang on March 27th, 2009. I ignored (but investigated) the personal vendettas being posted on this and other forums and went to Stenum with the confidence I had...
Forum: New Member Introductions 12-04-2010, 08:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 9,910
Posted By trkdoc714
Then again there are several hundred Americans...

Then again there are several hundred Americans that have had tremendous successes at Stenum.

I can be counted as one of those. 20 months after my surgery, I am pain free from lumbar issues and...
Forum: Manufacturer Product Information 06-15-2009, 09:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 13,249
Posted By trkdoc714
I believe there are 2 Maverick studies going on,...

I believe there are 2 Maverick studies going on, one with fusion as a comparitive and the other utilizing the Maverick "A". The second trial is pretty much finished.

From discussions I've had with...
Forum: The Big File 06-09-2009, 09:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,298
Posted By trkdoc714
Mark, I am a recent patient at Stenum. I...

Mark,

I am a recent patient at Stenum. I can't say enough about the care I received there. The surgeon was top notch. I met a few cervical patients while there and all seemed to have successful...
Forum: Insurance Hell 05-21-2009, 06:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,027
Posted By trkdoc714
If I remember correctly, I read an article by...

If I remember correctly, I read an article by Synthes stating the cost of a ProDisc L was $8,000 - $8,500. The article was printed over a year ago. If I can dig it up, I'll try to post it.

The...
Forum: Insurance Hell 05-11-2009, 11:56 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 22,875
Posted By trkdoc714
Aetna's Clinical Policy Bulletin #0591 outlines...

Aetna's Clinical Policy Bulletin #0591 outlines the FDA approved lumbar and cervical disc replacement as medically necessary (after 6 weeks of conservative therapies) for a single level only. The CPB...
Forum: New Member Introductions 05-08-2009, 03:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,418
Posted By trkdoc714
I had swelling in my feet after the initial...

I had swelling in my feet after the initial injury both discectomies. After pregnancy was ruled out, I figured it was due to the disc(s).
Forum: The Big File 05-08-2009, 03:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,714
Posted By trkdoc714
Just to add to Charles' post, fusion is becoming...

Just to add to Charles' post, fusion is becoming thought of more and more as causing adjacent level disc degeneration at the levels each side of the fusion. To mirror his comment, at your young age...
Forum: The Big File 05-07-2009, 10:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,777
Posted By trkdoc714
I think decompression consists of, in general...

I think decompression consists of, in general terms, removing bone or disc material to take pressure off of the nerve roots. A lot of procedures could be considered decompression, discectomies,...
Forum: New Member Introductions 05-05-2009, 08:56 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,418
Posted By trkdoc714
Symara, I never noticed the pain easing up...

Symara,

I never noticed the pain easing up pre-op by being regular but it definitely helps post-operative. Now that's the one time I experience discomfort and it goes away once I have activity in...
Forum: The Big File 03-24-2009, 02:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,772
Posted By trkdoc714
Off to Germany

I guess it's my turn. I'm headed out this afternoon for Stenum. Surgery is scheduled for Friday. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Bob
Forum: Insurance Hell 03-09-2009, 07:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,199
Posted By trkdoc714
Update

Jason,

I called the employee services group back and got to a supervisor. It took her 3 days but Aetna conceded to "out of network" coverage, 50%. That's better than two weeks ago at least.
...
Forum: The Big File 03-08-2009, 06:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,059
Posted By trkdoc714
Fairness

It appears to be continued bias toward various European surgeons and toward others. This is particularly disturbing to me as most of the visitors to this site come for (and I hope receive) empathy,...
Forum: The Big File 03-07-2009, 06:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,059
Posted By trkdoc714
Rein, When I first read your post, I thought...

Rein,

When I first read your post, I thought you were trying to clear the air of the Stenum gossip. It's become clear you only intent is to muddy up the water further. It's a good thing you have...
Forum: The Big File 03-04-2009, 07:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,059
Posted By trkdoc714
Very well put! There have been times when I was...

Very well put! There have been times when I was hesitant to post my opinions about certain surgeons since it precipitated several PMs, emails and phone calls. Aside from the supportive past patients,...
Forum: The Big File 02-28-2009, 08:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,438
Posted By trkdoc714
It's a shame you're caught in the Canadian health...

It's a shame you're caught in the Canadian health system. In the US we take it for granted that our PCP can order an MRI and we can get one in a reasonable amount of time. How long (and what sort of...
Forum: The Big File 02-28-2009, 12:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,438
Posted By trkdoc714
Maddie, Most of us are here to offer comfort...

Maddie,

Most of us are here to offer comfort and support. I'm not sure what to attribute your symptoms to but I experience similar symptoms. I'm sure they're related in some way whether it be...
Forum: Insurance Hell 02-26-2009, 07:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,199
Posted By trkdoc714
I'm not sure. I was told by my employee services...

I'm not sure. I was told by my employee services department today that if I went overseas, no procedure would be covered unless it was a sudden illness or accident. We're self insured, Aetna only...
Forum: Insurance Hell 02-25-2009, 07:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,199
Posted By trkdoc714
Aetna

Jason,

Aetna's cover page of THEIR Clinical Policy Bulliten 0591 clearly states that cervical ADR is covered:

II. Aetna considers FDA-approved prosthetic intervertebral discs(e.g. the Prestige...
Forum: Insurance Hell 02-21-2009, 03:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,418
Posted By trkdoc714
Gary, I just started the precertification...

Gary,

I just started the precertification process with Aetna. No precertification needed but they have a clinical bulletin (#0591) restricting coverage to FDA approved devices e.g. Charite or...
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