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Old 02-26-2019, 12:46 PM
Cheryl0331 Cheryl0331 is offline
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Default Yolanda at Barcelona Spine Center

While Yolanda is out on maternity leave, you can contact Olga at this email: olga@bcn-sc.com>
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53 yr old female 5'7" 141 lbs. non-smoker conservative treatments failed
2007 fusion @ C4-6 peek cages, failed due to long term use of cox-2 inhibitor
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 prothesis by Dr. Clavel Barcelona Spain
2019 H.O. formed behind M6-C @ C6-7 left nerve rt & in spinal canal.
2020 Revision C6-7 to a cp-ESP prothesis by Dr. Schmitz Dusseldorf Germany
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Old 08-03-2019, 11:42 AM
Cheryl0331 Cheryl0331 is offline
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Default The latest on Yolanda

Olga told me that Yolanda is moving to Switzerland to be near her famiele (family). I want to wish her the best and thank her for all her assistance!
I assure you, that we are in good hands with Olga.🙂
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53 yr old female 5'7" 141 lbs. non-smoker conservative treatments failed
2007 fusion @ C4-6 peek cages, failed due to long term use of cox-2 inhibitor
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 prothesis by Dr. Clavel Barcelona Spain
2019 H.O. formed behind M6-C @ C6-7 left nerve rt & in spinal canal.
2020 Revision C6-7 to a cp-ESP prothesis by Dr. Schmitz Dusseldorf Germany
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Old 08-03-2019, 10:18 PM
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Hello Cheryl
I've been in touch with the team in Spain as part of my ongoing followup issues and my 3 year anniversary. Yolanda was great as well as kind in every way. So I am curious about your assurance that Olga will be equally good? Can you share what you base this on? Have you dealt with her to any significant degree? Hope things are still well with you. Thanks
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C3-C4:Mild disc osteophytes. Mild-moderate right facet arthrosis. Mild right foraminal stenosis.
C4-C5:Midline central disc protrusion, significant. Mild canal stenosis.
C5-C6:Moderate disc osteophytes. Mild-moderate canal stenosis. Moderate-severe bilateral foraminal stenosis.
C6-C-7:Mild-moderate disc osteophytes. Mild canal stenosis. Moderate left and moderate-severe right foraminal stenosis.
June 29,2016-3 level M6 (C4-C7) Dr. Clavel Barcelona
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Old 08-04-2019, 12:37 PM
Cheryl0331 Cheryl0331 is offline
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Default Hello Philly Joe

I would be pleased to share.
First off, Olga worked closely with Yolanda before Yolanda went on maternity leave. Secondly and most importantly, Dr. Clavel chooses his staff very carefully and selectively. If you trust him, you are able to trust the team. Finally, Olga's follow up has been exceptional, just as Yolanda's has been.
Hope that helps give you some assurance.
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53 yr old female 5'7" 141 lbs. non-smoker conservative treatments failed
2007 fusion @ C4-6 peek cages, failed due to long term use of cox-2 inhibitor
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 prothesis by Dr. Clavel Barcelona Spain
2019 H.O. formed behind M6-C @ C6-7 left nerve rt & in spinal canal.
2020 Revision C6-7 to a cp-ESP prothesis by Dr. Schmitz Dusseldorf Germany
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Old 08-12-2019, 12:46 PM
Cheryl0331 Cheryl0331 is offline
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Default On vacation

Olga is on vacation until next Monday, the 19th and Dr
Clavel will be back on the 26th.
You can email Barbara@doctorclavel.com if needed.
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53 yr old female 5'7" 141 lbs. non-smoker conservative treatments failed
2007 fusion @ C4-6 peek cages, failed due to long term use of cox-2 inhibitor
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 prothesis by Dr. Clavel Barcelona Spain
2019 H.O. formed behind M6-C @ C6-7 left nerve rt & in spinal canal.
2020 Revision C6-7 to a cp-ESP prothesis by Dr. Schmitz Dusseldorf Germany
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Old 08-15-2019, 04:23 PM
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Hi Philly Joe,

I'm sorry you are still have issues!

Healing from my surgery has been a complicated and long process although, Dr. Clavel's surgery did get me out of my house and my bed. I'll be forever grateful. My neck was collapsing on itself before the ADR surgery so, any movement could trigger absolute hell and anxiety. Since the surgery, I've had a ton of therapy and am fighting with my insurance company to get some more. Getting muscles to wake up and fire again after years or even months of not doing the work can be challenging. Dealing with fascia restrictions post surgery can also be challenging. However, if we develop new problems or nerve problems then sadly, sometimes surgery is our only option. I don't think that is my case anymore. At least not for now. I am convinced now more than ever that every patient is on their own unique path and that the surgeons can sometimes help and sometimes make is worse. Spines are really complicated! I would still go back to Dr. Clavel if I needed another spine surgery. I know I'm a complex case and there is not a surgeon in the U.S. I would trust with my neck. I'm also so grateful to all the therapists who have helped me since my surgery. No rest for the weary.

I'm three years post-op too now. If you want to chat, you know how to reach me. (I don't accept emails on this ADR site anymore.) Hope you and Cheryl get the answers you need in September. Take care and get well!
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2006: epidural shots did nothing; 2 surgeons recommended 2 level fusion, I declined.
2007 - 2010 4 foraminotomy and cord decompression cervical surgeries and 2 endoscopic discectomy T7-T8 surgeries; total 6 with Dr. Jho (Pittsburgh,PA) My C6/C7 autofused around 2009.
2013 - 2015: epidurals 3 times (again did nothing) and 4 Radiofrequency ablation (or RFA) procedures.
2016 more RFAs, hit the 10 year mark of this insanity and pain, 3 level M6-C ADR with Dr. Clavel May 19, 2016
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Old 08-29-2019, 12:38 PM
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Hello Cyn.
I posted some images today. Sorry I have been AWOL. As before, thanks for your help in getting me through this. Like you, it wasn't the walk in the park I thought it would be. 3 levels is more challenging. But I recently had some ulner nerve issues caused by lifting dumbells too heavy for my 63 yo self...and it showed that C7 nerve damage has fully recovered...just like Clavel said it would
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Pre Surgery:
C3-C4:Mild disc osteophytes. Mild-moderate right facet arthrosis. Mild right foraminal stenosis.
C4-C5:Midline central disc protrusion, significant. Mild canal stenosis.
C5-C6:Moderate disc osteophytes. Mild-moderate canal stenosis. Moderate-severe bilateral foraminal stenosis.
C6-C-7:Mild-moderate disc osteophytes. Mild canal stenosis. Moderate left and moderate-severe right foraminal stenosis.
June 29,2016-3 level M6 (C4-C7) Dr. Clavel Barcelona
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