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[QUOTE=Sick of Pain]I had ACDF at C-5/C-6 this past monday(10/27/03) at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania by Dr. Maroon. He used donor bone and a plate which consisted of 6 screws. Only a 2" cut on my neck. I feel wonderful!!! I woke up with instant relief in my right shoulder and arm. My voice is normal and am eating solid foods. My throat hurt like heck for only 3 days but is completely healed. The only pain I have now is post op which will pass in weeks to come. Those of you that are afraid (I was too) don't be. Know your doctor and his reputation. I thank God for this blessing and for the ability He has given these men. Check out Dr. Maroons web site for yourself [url]http://www.josephmaroon.com/[/url][/QUOTE]
Hey sick of pain if I may trouble you for your experience and situation with Dr Jho. I have a surgery scheduled on the 11th. What was your specific injury? What did you expect and what happened? Thanks...Pino
Hello to all of you and I pray that you are free from pain soon. Thank you for you replys to my post. Before I answer any of your questions please re-read my post about Dr. Jho that I have copied and pasted here:

I have had quite the negative experience with Dr Jho. I had surgery this year in February and even up to this very day, I am worse off now than before the surgery. C-5 and C-6 were herniated and as a Myleogram followed by a CT scan revealed 4 weeks ago that it is in fact just as hernatied as it was prior to Dr Joe. During the follow up visit in April, he showed me on the MRI that it was still herniated. I was told it just need more time to heal. Now because the pain was so great, he wanted to see me again (June), this time his story was quite different stating that there was no reason that I should be in pain, I was sent to therapy for the next 6 weeks. But as time went on it became a battle of lies and pain pills. HE was offended that it (the surgery) was a failure. He is however a brilliant man, but not a personal caring doctor. You will see for yourself if you meet him. Now that I know more about my condition, I do not believe in his method, had I known more I would never had allowed him to operate in the first place. I am now having a fusion done on the 27th. Take care...("OK now I will try and answer")

For 2 years now my neck, right sholder and arm have been killing me. As you all know this constant pain makes you wish you were dead. Please keep in mind that I realize Dr Jho has helped others and that I do not hate him. However, I do not like him, nor trust him because he lied to me. First he said he didn't get the herniation on the 6th week post op visit. Then a few months later he said there is nothing wrong and accused me of being on workmenscomp which I am not. For months he gave me a pain pill called Perocet. I then in August started looking into other means of help and that is how I found Dr. Maroon. He did not want to help at first because Dr. Jho was in there first but said out of an act of compassion and because I am young that he would help me. But first I had to go through some tests other than the post op MRI. He sent me for a Myleogram followed by a CT scan and he found that the herniation was never even touched. Then I was sent for a cervical root nerve block to make sure that the only source of pain was in fact from C5-C-6. And thank God, it was. When I woke up from surgery last monday my sholder and arm were 100% pain free. If I could do it all over again I would have spoken to several doctors. The bottom line is that Dr Jho does not care about people, its just a high paying job. It would have ment his pride to re operate on me and take away the pain that has left me unable to work.
Sick of Pain,

All that hammering, plating and screwing is part of a standard
fusion with plate and screw operation. I'm glad to see
it has given you pain relief.

Doctors have been performing fusions since the 1950's.
It has a high success rate, but had drawbacks. That is
why people look for alternatives, like Dr. Jho's procedures,
and the development of artificial discs.

I'm also glad to read that you've been able to have a
successful fusion after unsatisfactory results with
Dr. Jho.

I've had two neck surgeries with Dr. Jho.

The first one a year ago restored lost strength and
has given me some pain relief (that relief continues
slowly even a year later). The second, 5 weeks ago
has left me in more pain, but I'm hoping that pain is from
surgical swelling. If not I will have to continue my
search for relief.

It's disappointing to read that Dr. Jho and his staff didn't
give you the support you needed after the unsatisfactory results.
If I don't improve, I will likely face the same problem, as my
disability and vacation time run out in a few weeks. But that is
the risk with surgery. When it leaves you in pain, I think it's a
rare surgeon that will stand up for you.

I hope you continue to do well. Look at the bright side; there are profession football players with neck fusions, so yours should hold
up fine.
[QUOTE=JonInTampa]Sick of Pain,

All that hammering, plating and screwing is part of a standard
fusion with plate and screw operation. I'm glad to see
it has given you pain relief.

Doctors have been performing fusions since the 1950's.
It has a high success rate, but had drawbacks. That is
why people look for alternatives, like Dr. Jho's procedures,
and the development of artificial discs.

I'm also glad to read that you've been able to have a
successful fusion after unsatisfactory results with
Dr. Jho.

I've had two neck surgeries with Dr. Jho.

The first one a year ago restored lost strength and
has given me some pain relief (that relief continues
slowly even a year later). The second, 5 weeks ago
has left me in more pain, but I'm hoping that pain is from
surgical swelling. If not I will have to continue my
search for relief.

It's disappointing to read that Dr. Jho and his staff didn't
give you the support you needed after the unsatisfactory results.
If I don't improve, I will likely face the same problem, as my
disability and vacation time run out in a few weeks. But that is
the risk with surgery. When it leaves you in pain, I think it's a
rare surgeon that will stand up for you.

I hope you continue to do well. Look at the bright side; there are profession football players with neck fusions, so yours should hold
up fine.[/QUOTE]
Hey Jon in Tampa I think you responded to me awhile ago but I did not know how to send back. Myself and another board member are scheduled with Dr Jho the 11th. When you say more pain, could you give more detail. I had a surgery many years ago on the same disk C5-6 and when I was in the process of recovery at home my original symptoms were more amplified for about a month. I believe that to be like sleeping on your arm. You don't really notice until you wake up and then you feel it. Another words the nerve is no longer comprimised so it is awakening. Thanks Pino





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