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Posted by Robbin on October 29, 2000 at 00:32:41:

In response to: ROBIN WHAT IS AN IDET? PLEASE RESPOND. WHAT KIND OF NECK SURGERY DID YOU HAVE? DID THEY PUT SCREWS IN YOUR NECK? I AM SCHEDULED TO HAVE TWO DISKS REPLACED AND SCREWS PUT IN NOT SURE ABOUT THIS! ALREADY HAD THIS DONE TO MY LOWER BACK AND THAT WENT OUT FIVE YEARS AFTER AND IN WORSE PAIN THEN EVER AFTER OP. LET ME KNOW WHAT FIRST OP WAS AND WHAT THEY WANT TO DO NOW, WHAT ARE YOUR SYMPTOMS? LOVE MARS

An IDET is an abbreviation for intradiscal electrothermal coagulation. It is a procedure only done on the lumbar spine and is primarily done on patients with positive discograms. To learn more about it you can visit the website www.oratec.com. The neck surgery I had done was an anterior cervical discectomy w/titanium plate used. My disc was removed and replaced with a peice of my own hip bone. Then a titanium plate was screwed into the vertebrae above and below because the surgeon saw too much instability. So one level was fused and fortunately I did not loose much range of motion as I originally thought I would. I was injured as a result of an auto accident and the impact tore the ligaments that support my neck. Unfortunately, I did not heal on my own.

I'm terribly sorry to hear that you are in worse pain. I was warned that there is a 25% chance that in five years I could need a second fusion. The reason is because when an area is fused the levels above and below this fusion will take more of the bending and stress. It is ashame that medical science has not perfected or made available disc replacement.

The surgery I need now is on L5-S1. I need basically the same thing done there as I had on my neck only I hear that it is more painful :( Needless to say, I am scared sh*tless! Before I go through another painful surgery, I want to give the IDET a try. Hopefully, it'll fry any painful nerves that grew into my cracked and torn disc! I'm just not sure if it'll work because I'm not hearing the best results about it. Seems like it's only 50% effective but my surgeons felt that I have nothing to loose by giving it a try.

I hope these answers helped you. I understand how frightening it is to have any kind of surgery especially if the first one didn't work out. I have been in severe chronic pain for three years now and am just holding on by a thread. I think that my daughter is the only person that gives me the strength to survive. Stay strong and know that you are not alone! Good Luck and you have my prayers.

Robbin

P.S Pleeeease check out your surgeon. Ask him if you can hear other patients testimonials and every time you are in his or her office ask the post-op patients how they are! Did the surgeon come highly recommended?


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