Originally Posted by Ilovemycutedog
And most important, ask the surgeon directly if he has any financial agreement with the manufacturer of the ADR he wants to use.
I'm not sure why they were surprised about your EMG studies...Many people can have herniated discs and stenosis but have no symptoms. If they aren't pushing on specific nerves....this is a good thing but it's not unusual.
If you took 100 people off the street right now over the age of 30...you would find close to 75% of people with disc/spine issues. As mentioned...some can have little to no symptoms at all and those who do, 85% of those issues resolve themselves over time or through non surgical means.
He was clear on his financial involvement, or lack thereof, with the manufacturer, as is the University website. The hospital also adopted 'the checklist' advocated by Dr. Atul Gawande to prevent avoidable complications.
I am guessing they were surprised at the EMG results because the of the recent issue with dropping things/grip strength. The difference between the imaging from 4 years ago to now is fairly significant. I have improved my range of motion from 4 years ago by being consistent with following the home exercises from PT.
He also said the bone grafts from the hip bone were quite painful. You have clearly been through a lot. We are the lucky few that are both symptomatic and the issues don't resolve themselves over time.