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Old 12-04-2014, 09:52 AM   #13
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Re: newbie here with some questions...

Offices are slow this time of year, what with all the holidays. I had two surgeries in Jan., the week after New Year's. It made walking outside almost impossible, what with all the ice and snow where I live. My third surgery in June was much better in that regard! But we do it when we need it, even though it is technically elective surgery.

Insurance carriers are getting more picky about paying for fusions. This is something you may want to discuss with your doctor since I think you said you did not have any of the steroid injections, which are often a "first step."

Also depending on how the neurosurgeon wants to do the surgery, you may want to get an opinion from an ortho spine surgeon as well.