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Re: Failed Fusion
Oct 30, 2003
Hello :wave: Elaine,

Your post has really got me in a state of shock, so I can't even imagine how you are feeling. These doctors just really make me so angry as they think we are complete idiots and only answer question's that are asked and don't give us any information when it is our body's that they are working on. He should have told you this after surgery that you had not fused. OK, I am hoping that you had either cages or disc spacers put in when you had your first fusion in October of 2000. Because if you did not fuse, I am thinking that you will still have the disc height which will keep that space from collapsing. I am not sure about this, as I am only guessing. I myself had disc spacers. I don't even have to ask you why you had another fusion done 2 years later because I can see what level and that is directly above your previous fusion. My recent CT Scan already showed a bulging disc above my fusion but my neuro said it was read incorrectly but I know better. But I am not going to get into my problems right now.

I would suggest getting copies from your last fusion in December 2002 and get the actual surgical report. I would never go back to that doctor again and I really don't think that you are going to. You may have a law suit. Also if you have the time maybe you should do a little research on this doctor and see if he has any sanctions against him. But I think you really need to find another doctor. I really feel so bad for you and I know their aren't any words to make you feel any better. You are in my prayer's.

Take Care

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[b]Cervical[/b] MRI 10/02
Loss of cervical lordosis with reversal of the curvature.
C4-5 and C6-7 disc bulges resulting in flattening of the ventral margin of the cord.
C5-6 there is a left foraminal herniation which results in moderate foraminal stenosis In addition, there is flattening of the ventral margin of the cord due to bulging disc.
Cervical Epidural 5/19/03

[b]Lumbar[/b] MRI 10/02
Lumbar Lordosis
L5-S1 disc herniation with moderate thecal sac deformity.
L4-5 disc desiccation with bulge which results in mild thecal sac deformity and mild bilateral foraminal stenosis.
L2-3 disc desiccation with Schmorl’s nodule of L3.
Lumbar Epidural 1/30/03
Lumbar Epidural 2/12/03
Lumbar Epidural 2/26/03
Lumbar Discogram 5/23/03
Lumbar CatScan 5/23/03
[b]Posterior Fusion & Infuse with Laminectomy on L4,L5,S1 6/30/03[/b]
Instrumentation = 2 Rods 6 Screws & Disc Spacers
Lumbar X-Ray 7/24/03
Lumbar X-Ray 8/27/03
Still no pain relief....
Lumbar CT Scan 9/24/03





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