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[QUOTE=LORIRAT]Hi,
Just Wondering How Everything Went Today???
Please Let Us Know When You Get The Time.


Lori[/QUOTE]
HI LORI AND EVERYONE!
SORRY IT HAS TAKEN SO LONG TO GET BACK TO THE BOARD BUT YESTERDAY WAS A LONG GRULING DAY AND TODAY WAS LONG AT WORK.I SAW DR CAMMISA YESTERDAY, AND HERE'S HOW IT WENT. FIRST IT TOOK ME AND MY HUSBAND 41/2 HRS TO GET TO NYC AND MY APPT WAS AT 1PM. THE PA SAW ME AND I DIDNT SEE DR. C UNTILL 445 PM; 31/2 HRS I WAITED TO SEE HIM,WELL HE WAS DELAYED IN SURGERY AND THE CASE AHEAD OF HIM WAS DELAYED TOO. I M A NURSE SO I KNOW THESE THINGS CAN HAPPEN BUT ITS NOT EASY BEING ON THE OTHER END. WELL I COULD TELL IT WASNT ONE OF HIS BEST DAYS BUT HE WAS VERY GOOD AND TOOK THE TIME WITH ME AND ANSWERED ALL OF MY QUESTIONS. HE DID NOT SEEMED TOO CONCERNED ABOUT MY CORD COMPRESSION, SAID I HAD EARLY SIGNS OF MYLEOPATHY AND I WOULD NEED SURGERY IT WAS JUST A MATTER OF WHEN, MY OPTIONS ARE THAT I COULD SEE WHAT HAPPENS WITH MY SYMPTOMS AND WAIT AND WATCH OR DO THE SURGERY NOW, I HAVE A GOOD SIZE BONE SPUR PRESSING AND IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE. HE RECOMMENDED ALLOGRAFT AND A SMALL PIECE OF MY OWN FROM MY HIP( NOT LIKE A GRAFT, IT WOULD CAUSE NO PAIN) AND SOME SYNTHETIC MATERIAL TO PROMOTE FUSION, AND PLATE AND SCREWS TO STABLIZE THE SPINE. HE SAID IF I HAD A REAL AVERSION TO THE BONE BANK HE COULD USE THE CAGE BUT HE PREFERS THE BONE BANK BECAUSE IT IS MORE BIOLOGIC. HE ALSO OFFERED ME THE CLINICAL TRIAL FOR THE ARTIFICIAL DISC, ITS A 50/50 CHANCE OF GETTING THE DISC, BUT THIS IS ALSO AN OPTION. 36 HRS IN THE HOSPITAL 2WEEKS IN THE COLLAR AND I COULD RETURN TO WORK IN 2 WEEKS. HE STATES HE DOES 400 SPINAL SURGERIES A YR AND APROX 100 ARE CERVICAL. I WOULD NEED TO HAVE A CT SCAN ;AND BE CLEARED BY AN INTERNEST AT THE HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY FOR ANOTHER 350$. ALOT TO THINK ABOUT. I DID ASK ABOUT DR JHO PROCEDURE IN PITTSBURG, STATED I WASNT A CANADATE FOR THAT PROCEDURE WHICH WAS THE SAME THAT DR BAJWA HAD TOLD ME BINGHAMTON SO IM NOT PURSUING THAT ANYMORE EVEN THOUGH DR JHO SAID COME ON DOWN!!! ALOT TO THINK ABOUT, I DIDNT BOOK ANYTHING BECAUSE ALL THE OTHER STAFF WAS GONE WHEN I WAS DONE AT 530!!!! THEY DID SAY THEY WERE BOOKING INTO LATE FEB.

DR BAJWA.....ANTERIOR DISCECTOMY WITH INTERVERTBRAL CAGE WITH HEALOS AND BONE MARROW AND POSSIBLY NO NEED FOR PLATES OR SCREWS
3 WEEKS IN COLLAR, 4-6 WEEKS OFF WORK

DR CAMMISA.... ANTERIOR DISCECTOMY WITH ALLOGRAFT AND BONE PLUG FROM HIP PLATE AND SCREWS, OR CLINICAL TRIAL FOR ATRTIFICIAL DISC

2 WEEKS IN COLLAR THEN BACK TO WORK. HE DID SAY MAKE SURE I DID NOT HAVE IT DONE WITHOUT PLATES AND SCREWS.
SORRY SO LONG WINDED, THANS FOR READING ANY OPINIONS EXPERIENCE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!!!!!!!!! LYNETTE





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