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Old 06-30-2017, 09:26 PM
LumbarSpine LumbarSpine is offline
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Default What assistance is needed when traveling for ADR?

I'm contemplating international travel (likely Dr. Clavel in Spain) and am wondering if it is necessary to take someone with you?

Certainly it would be convenient and reassuring to have someone there, but I get the impression that Dr. Clavel expects you to stay in the hospital for 5 days anyway, so it seems like you wouldn't need outside assistance during that time.

What have other people done?
* 40's, otherwise healthy, back pain for many years.
* DDD at L4/L5. Facet pain at same level.
* Multiple RF ablations, with inconsistent/marginal results.
* Single-level disc replacement with Dr. Clavel, Sept. 2017. Went well, recovery MUCH faster and less painful than anticipated. Now need to get active again and keep back in shape!
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Old 07-05-2017, 02:23 PM
Blizzaga Blizzaga is offline
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Having somebody with you is very helpful. There are all kinds of small things that get so much easier if somebody is with you. Everything from getting your shoes on and opening doors to carrying luggage. I think it can be managed alone, but with somebody helping you with the practicalities, you can focus all your attention on the tough part, which is recovery.
2015 Lost ability to sit
2016 Gradually worsening despite conservative treatment
2016 L4-L5, L5-S1 activ L success!
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Old 07-06-2017, 11:11 AM
annapurna annapurna is offline
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During the pre-op and immediate post-op, you'll almost definitely be turning to the hospital personnel for anything you need. I typically had that time to myself to sightsee. Go to the hospital and check on Laura, sightsee a bit, drop by the hospital, sightsee, and repeat multiple times per day for the first few days.

Towards the end of the stay in the hospital, immediately after you're discharged and during your travel home, you'll really wish you had someone to help you. If you don't want someone to stay with you the whole time, you should try to get someone to come during those last few days. Also, you'll really want help at home for some time, but I hope you've already picked up on that.
Laura - L5S1 Charitee
C5/6 and 6/7 Prodisc C
Facet problems L4-S1
General joint hypermobility

Jim - C4/5, C5/6, L4/5 disk bulges and facet damage, L4/5 disk tears, currently using regenerative medicine to address

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