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Dr visit results
Sep 24, 2003
Hello all my friends!

I had my discogram follow up visit today with the neurosurgeon. As I feared, he wants to do a two-level (L4/L5 and L5/S) fusion. What I was not expecting was he wants to do the 360 degree surgery, using cages, BMP, rods and screws.

There will be two neurosurgeons doing the surgery, and it will all be done in one very long day. He thinks he can get it scheduled in the next 2-3 weeks.

I'm totally scared, but am so ready to get this done. I'm convinced this will help me. Keep me in your prayers!

O'Girl

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20 years intermittent back pain - no treatment sought
Nov 2001 - herniated disk - Right leg radiculopathy
Jan 2002 - Chiropractic care
Mar 2002 - MRI, X-Rays, Oral steroids
Apr 2002 - L4/L5 Microdiskectomy
Sept 2002 - PT, Oral steroids
Oct 2002 - MRI, Xrays - Failed Back Syndrome
Apr 2003 - TFESI, EMG, MRI
Diagnosis - DDD - foraminal narrowing, disk bulges, osteophytes, ligamentum flavum hypertrophy, active marrow edema, levoscoliosis, retrolisthesis, scar tissue encompassing L5 nerve root, disk height diminished, abnormal EMG results for left leg
Sept 2003 - Discogram with Xrays, CT Scan.
Oct 2003 - 2 level 360 degree fusion to be scheduled
Standingman - thanks for your support. We all need each other on this board!

Blue - I, too, think it's great you're fused and doing so well. Hope I can follow in your footsteps.

Tomorrow - I specifically asked about blood donation. He said the integrity of the blood supply is excellent, I would have give a pint, wait a week, give a pint, and wait two more weeks before he would do the surgery. He said, not to scare me, but if I had a problem and bled, two pints wouldn't be enough anyway!

All - Started the long-term disability process at work today. Will call my insurance and make sure they don't need a second opinion. Need to Xmas shop. What else? Jeesh!

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20 years intermittent back pain - no treatment sought
Nov 2001 - herniated disk - Right leg radiculopathy
Jan 2002 - Chiropractic care
Mar 2002 - MRI, X-Rays, Oral steroids
Apr 2002 - L4/L5 Microdiskectomy
Sept 2002 - PT, Oral steroids
Oct 2002 - MRI, Xrays - Failed Back Syndrome
Apr 2003 - TFESI, EMG, MRI
Diagnosis - DDD - foraminal narrowing, disk bulges, osteophytes, ligamentum flavum hypertrophy, active marrow edema, levoscoliosis, retrolisthesis, scar tissue encompassing L5 nerve root, disk height diminished, abnormal EMG results for left leg
Sept 2003 - Discogram with Xrays, CT Scan.
Oct 2003 - 2 level 360 degree fusion to be scheduled





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