It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Back Problems Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-14-2005, 07:51 PM   #1
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: usa
Posts: 2,943
mel1977 HB User
Spine fellowship questions

I did a search to find a dr with a spine fellowship and they were all orthos. Now, is this just for orthos or are there neuros too, but just none in my area? I am not picky on which I go to as long as they are nice and willing to help me What do you think? like I said, I don't care if they are OS or NS.

 
Old 02-15-2005, 12:37 AM   #2
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Fl
Posts: 571
Bionicwan HB User
Re: Spine fellowship questions

Hi ya' Mel

A spine fellowship can be sought by an Ortho or an NS. It's basically acquired from extended "Spine" clinicals, surgeries etc.. usually a one year program. So, keep lookin'. The choice is totally yours ~ but, If I had to do things over I would have settled on a NS and not the Ortho...but, that's just the way MY experience turned out. I'm sure there are highly qualified Ortho's who specialize in the spine. I just had the misfortune of choosing the wrong one

Hope this finds you doing ok

Hugs,
Bionic Witch
__________________
Lami L4 5 S1
Fusion L4 5 S1
Neuropathy Fibro Arachnoiditis
Pseudoarthrosis
awaiting fusion redo

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 02-15-2005, 04:59 AM   #3
Senior Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 1,134
flyonthewall HB User
Re: Spine fellowship questions

The important thing is the spine fellowship. My surgeon is an orthopedist. I've read that neuros do spine surgery without having a spine fellowship. Fellows are cutting edge.

 
Old 02-15-2005, 07:00 AM   #4
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 593
Jessie1 HB User
Re: Spine fellowship questions

Both of my surgeons have had spine fellowships. I agree with Fly, they really are the most up to date on spinal techniques, and if you find one that has completed his/her fellowship recently they will be younger (I know you want an NS or OS who is not ancient!). The OS who just did my fusion can't be older than 35 or 40, and he completed his fellowship relatively recently. But to answer your original question- sorry I went off on a tangent!- I believe that both OS and NS can get a fellowship.

 
Old 02-15-2005, 09:53 AM   #5
Senior Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 1,134
flyonthewall HB User
Re: Spine fellowship questions

I would beware of a neuro without a fellowship. The NS that I went to first said he didn't know/couldn't do anything about my legs. I took that to mean he had no intention of addressing the spinal stenosis. And he said my bones were too soft for instrumentation. And in spite of the fact that I could hardly walk he told me I wasn't in enough pain for surgery. Then, as a parting shot, he said he was sure I could find someone to operate but I would be left worse off! I would like to go rub his nose in that report, because the OSS fixed me!
fly

 
Old 02-15-2005, 11:46 AM   #6
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: usa
Posts: 2,943
mel1977 HB User
Re: Spine fellowship questions

thank you so much!! I really appreciate the insight into this. I don't know if my current dr went through his fellowship or not, but he sure is great. I almost don't want to know now if he did nor not.
Suprisingly enough, one of the drs in MO emailed back! He is the head of NS at the University of Missouri where all my surgeries have been done and he said he would be more than happy to follow me. He did not do a fellowship well, did not show up on the list. He is well known in my town and through my work I know a lot about him. My mom said we've never had complaints from his patients. WEll, I am not going to stop here, I will keep doing research and make the best choice I can. Thanks!

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Spine Doctor? a1abob Back Problems 2 02-01-2008 09:28 AM
Neurosurgeon or Orthopedic spine specialist? richedie Back Problems 6 01-21-2008 08:49 AM
mri of c spine kdel Multiple Sclerosis 15 06-09-2007 09:34 PM
C-spine MRI results.. 1.5 yrs ago. Advice? Dee74 Back Problems 5 05-22-2006 02:00 PM
How to find a spine specialist in your area Quietcook Back Problems 25 04-03-2006 10:13 PM




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is Off
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:51 AM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!