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[QUOTE=JonInTampa]I was in the trial a year ago - for the "Bryan". It also was 50/50, and I lost. I dropped out instead of having the fusion. But if you have the fusion as part of the trial, I think they determine the type of fusion - I believe it was with milled donor bone and a plate.

The thing I liked about the trial is how much attention and
follow-up you get. If I was willing to have a fusion I would
have done so as part of the trial, even though it mean't
car travel 3 hours away.

I think you are also the one that didn't look into Dr. Jho
because your local docs said not to? It is a rare surgeon that
will refer a patient to Dr. Jho. Most who perform fusion do
not believe in Dr Jho's procedures. My neurosurgeon did, partially
because he had Dr. Jho "fix" his own neck.[/QUOTE]

HEY JONINTAMPA
MY LOCAL NS SAID HE WAS VERY FAMILIAR WITH DR JHO WORK AND HE WAS A BIG FAN OF HIS, HE HAD DONE SOME TRAINING WITH HIM AND DOES REFER PATIENTS TO HIM. HE SAID HE DID NOT THINK I WAS A CANIDATE FOR HIS SURGERY D/T THE FACT MY COMPRESSION WAS NOT JUST R OR L IT WAS UNNILATERAL ALL THE WAY ACCROSS AND YOU COULD NOT GET TO BOTH SIDES TO REMOVE THE LARGE BONE SPUR WORKING FROM ONE SIDE. THE "BIG" OSS IN NYC ALSO TOLD ME THE EXACT SAME THING, SO I DECIDED NOT TO WASTE MY TIME AND MONEY ON A PROCEDURE THAT WAS NOT GOING TO WORK FOR ME. IT WAS JUST LOGICAL THE WAY THEY EXPLAINED IT TO ME. IM SURE ITS A GREAT OPTION FOR PEOPLE THAT FIT THE PROPER CRITERIA. LYNETTE
There are three broad areas of compression for a given level - left, center and right. Left and right are the foramen, where the nerve roots branch out to your arms and hands. Dr. Jho can handle two areas, the center and a given foramen, with one procedure.
At my c5-6 I had left side stenosis and broad based spine compression. He handled that, along with my c6-7 problems, at one time.

So yes, if both your arms have symptoms, Dr Jho probably couldn't resolve with "one visit".

Dr Jho will review your films for free if you send them and give you his opinion. Personally, I wouldn't rely on second hand opinions from a local NS that studied under Dr Jho at some point in time. Dr. Jho updates his techniques so your local NS could have outdated information. But it sounds like your local NS spoke appropriately when he said he "didn't think" Dr. Jho could help you. Only Dr. Jho would know for sure.

On the other hand, Dr. Jho is very busy - you probably would have a 6 month wait from the time he reviews your films for a surgical appointment. It sounds like you've already ruled out this option. Best of luck with whatever direction you decide to take.


[QUOTE=sewlf]HEY JONINTAMPA
MY LOCAL NS SAID HE WAS VERY FAMILIAR WITH DR JHO WORK AND HE WAS A BIG FAN OF HIS, HE HAD DONE SOME TRAINING WITH HIM AND DOES REFER PATIENTS TO HIM. HE SAID HE DID NOT THINK I WAS A CANIDATE FOR HIS SURGERY D/T THE FACT MY COMPRESSION WAS NOT JUST R OR L IT WAS UNNILATERAL ALL THE WAY ACCROSS AND YOU COULD NOT GET TO BOTH SIDES TO REMOVE THE LARGE BONE SPUR WORKING FROM ONE SIDE. THE "BIG" OSS IN NYC ALSO TOLD ME THE EXACT SAME THING, SO I DECIDED NOT TO WASTE MY TIME AND MONEY ON A PROCEDURE THAT WAS NOT GOING TO WORK FOR ME. IT WAS JUST LOGICAL THE WAY THEY EXPLAINED IT TO ME. IM SURE ITS A GREAT OPTION FOR PEOPLE THAT FIT THE PROPER CRITERIA. LYNETTE[/QUOTE]





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