Re: Neuro or Ortho for stenosis?
one of the indications for surgical intervention is when the patients quality of life is suffering from the cause or the patients pain is is just not even tolerable aymore. i would most defintiely seek out a second opinion on your situation. a neurosurgeon would be a good choice since this othero does not seem to actually get just how much overall suffering and loss you are dealing with right now. you simply should not be left to suffer like this when something actually CAN be done surgically to alleviate it. i am just wondering how long ago the original diagostic MRI was done on you? if it has actually been more than one year,you really do need an updated newer one to actually see how this has progressed in your spine. most specialists actually want a patient who they are going to be seeing for just a consult/eval to have an MRI done at least within the past six months. alot can change in only a matter of months,trust me on that one.
just get that second opinion and the newer MRI,with contrast too. if your ortho wont do this for you,you can always ask your primary for that referral too or wait til you see the new surgeon and he or she can do it too. but it is much more time efficient to have the new one in hand at that first consult. it just saves alot of time and hassle. hopefully this new doc will see how much impact this is actually having on just your basic quality of life and DO something to help you with this. good luck and please keep us posted. marcia
11-20-01,placement of hardware for failed fusion
9-22-03,removal of cavernous hemangioma that was inside spinal cord. Neuro damage to L hand L leg and R leg.