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Old 09-12-2005, 04:44 PM
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I have been in pain since 1999 as the result of a fall at work. I have been told that I need surgery at C3-4, 4-5, 5-6 and that ADR would be best for me. But I have been waiting 2 yrs. for FDA approval. The pain continues to increase and I rely more & more on medication. I have been a virtual hermit for years because of the pain. Now my surgeon wants me have a fusion at 2 levels and I don't want that. I need assistance to find a doctor somewhere, anywhere who can help me. I live in So. Calif., but am willing to go anywhere and see anyone to get help. I appreciate any and all suggestions.
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Old 09-12-2005, 05:32 PM
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Patrick, you came to the right place -- welcome! You have lots of folks here from Southern Cal that should be able to help/refer you to ther right people, places and docs (assuming the power is back on!?).

Let me know if you do not get the help you need...
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Old 09-12-2005, 07:46 PM
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Hi Patrick,

I just had surgery with Dr Delamarter in Santa Monica, CA. The day before my surgery he introduced me to one of his patients and showed me her cervical x-ray. It was the cutest little ProDisc I ever did see. See was over a year post-op and very happy and raved about Dr D. Here�s a link to his web site.

Hope this helps and welcome abord.
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Old 09-12-2005, 11:47 PM
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HI Patrick,

Since your injury occured at work are you being covered through workers' compensation? My L5 was injured at a work training session. The underwriting insurance company agreed to pay for fusion, but not ADR. I had to fight and appeal my case to the state board for ADR authorization. If you have any concerns or issues just let me know. Best wishes with your battle; continue to search this site carefully.
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Old 09-15-2005, 10:06 PM
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Dr. John Regan is now located in Beverly Hills and works with Cedars Sinai and the new Doctor's Hospital in Century City.

He uses the Charite. Neither Dr. D nor Dr. R accepts ins but the hospitals do. Good luck,
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