Re: Would like advice on MRI and looking for Fort Lauderdale area members.
Hi - if you didn't have any other pathology in there, like ridging, bone spurs (osteophytes), slipping etc. then I would wait it out for a while. How long has this been going on for you? Many times one herniation will heal itself wih conservative therapy (rest, PT, oral steroids, etc.) before even moving on to other treatments like ESI injections. 3 weeks of conservative treatment is not that long. Some people wait 3-6 months. I would def get a second opinion somewhere else as a comparison - and not a doc your NS that wants to operate refers you to. Find another good one, The surgeon you are seeing is a DO specialist in NS. I would recommend you find a Board Certified MD Neurosurgeon for your 2nd opinion.
The things I would research about this doc recommending the artificial disk is to make sure they have been doing them a long time. There aren't that many doctors doing them yet, and you don't want to be an early patient for a new doc, or be rushed into it as a practice patient!!! This isn't very commonly offered yet.
Most of use the goal to avoid surgical intervention as last resort. For your particular problem you might want to research Florida minimally invasive there is a good center accessible to you called LSI in Tampa. This is a good alternative if you are a candidate to having a disc replaced which you may not need if you are a candidate for their less invasive alternatives.
Last edited by PNo; 04-20-2008 at 02:03 PM.