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curt-

the dr may be correct that surgery is your only permanent option. but remember, he'll make no $$$ if you try the other routes. my own personal opinion is that it's worth your while- if you have a decent insurance plan- to try the epidurals, or TRACTION, or anything short of FUSION- ESPECIALLY at THREE LEVELS.

If you still feel like SURGERY is your only viable option, I further encourage you to look into MINIMALLY INVASIVE surgery. specifically ANTERIOR CERVICAL DISCECTOMY [B]WITHOUT[/B] FUSION.

If you have a decent insurance plan, or if you have the financial capability to travel, there are other options besides fusion available to you. I live in Nashville, TN and I had 5 different neurosurgeons tell me fusion was my only option. Upon further investigation I realized that there are several doctors and facilities around the country that can fix disc herniations, etc WITHOUT FUSION.

I chose to have my NON FUSION surgery in Lake Worth Fla with Dr. Merrill Reuter. I am 5 weeks post op and so far I feel the surgery has been a success. I still have my own discs, and I have a scar maybe 1/2 the width of my pinky finger to show for it.

As they explained to me, they are able to help 85-90% of patients without fusion. If nothing else, you keep your options open. Artificial discs are not that far away from being the norm.

You're going to have a long road to recovery if you choose the fusion route, especially if you're having it done at 3 levels. Maybe it's just me, but I would exhaust all other options first.

Good luck.

BW- ex NO VA resident(Vienna)
"I chose to have my NON FUSION surgery in Lake Worth Fla with Dr. Merrill Reuter. I am 5 weeks post op and so far I feel the surgery has been a success. I still have my own discs, and I have a scar maybe 1/2 the width of my pinky finger to show for it. "

[[b][COLOR="Sienna"]removed[/COLOR][/b]] I have sent an inquiry. And the good news is - he's a preferred provider in my insurer's network. :)

P.S Just got a response from Dr. Reuter's service. Unfortunately they want $500 an hour ($200 minimum) just to look at my MRI. I'll have to decide if that's a reasonable approach. :eek:





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