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Old 05-28-2015, 03:24 PM
Ace78 Ace78 is offline
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Default L4 L5 S1 w/ Dr Clavel

I received my quote from Barcelona and I am ready to schedule surgery. The exchange rate looks favorable and I think this summer is going to be a good time for it. I am going to try to lose weight before I go. My doctor here in the states (DR Zigler) thinks I should lose 20 or 30 pounds before surgery. I am wondering if other people have heard that from their surgeons? Does being overweight make recovery a lot more difficult?

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Old 05-28-2015, 04:11 PM
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Default Hello Ace

It's less stress on your body if your at an optimal weight; having said that, it's also less tissue to dissect. Also, less weight on the implants; help them do their job. It will be good for your other joint as well. But you know this.
Yes the exchange rate has held very well for a while. what did Dr. Clavel say about your weight?
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2008 revised C4-6 donor bone, plate & screws
2009 fusion with Roi-C @ C3-4
2015 MRI & CT mjr ddd @ C6-7, segmental kyphosis at C7-T1, 2-level M6-C prosthesis by Dr. Clavel Barcelona Spain
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Old 05-28-2015, 04:53 PM
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What was the quote?
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Chronic back pain started in 2010 while shrugging weights that a 40 yr. old shouldn't even try.

MRI in 2012 showing L4/L5, L5/S1 herniations and L2/L3 bulge.

L5/S1 taking on new shape, chronic sciatica, etc.

DEXA bone scan performed 5/7/14 showing mild osteopenia.

Surgery performed July 9th, 2014, Dr Clavel, hybrid three level lumbar.
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Old 05-28-2015, 05:16 PM
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Agree with the above, less weight means less fatty tissue to cut through and less scar tissue in the end. It will also be easier on your joints and will improve your health overall so win-win.
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2010 - X-Ray DDD L5-S1, L4-L5, L4-L3
2010 - MRI Herniation L5-S1, Bulges L4-L5, L4-L3
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2012 - Facet Injections - No relief
2012 - Discogram TBI - positive L3-S1

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Old 05-29-2015, 09:12 AM
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I have heard one orthopedic spine surgeon and one vascular surgeon go on about how much easier it is to operate on a "thin" person than on someone that's overweight. The first stating how much faster and less frustrating thin patients are, the second stating that it is a "real treat" to get to operate on a thin patient.
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