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Old 02-14-2005, 07:51 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 02-15-2005, 12:37 AM   #2
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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

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Old 02-15-2005, 04:59 AM   #3
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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
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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
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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!

Old 02-15-2005, 11:46 AM   #6
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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!

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