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Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-20-2008, 07:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,846
Posted By bw67
Re: back-to-back surgeries scheduled -please chime in

Meghan-

I was referring to neckpatient's comments regarding my post, my reaction had nothing to do with anything you posted.

Neckpatient, no offense taken, I just wanted to clarify my position....
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-17-2008, 09:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,846
Posted By bw67
Re: back-to-back surgeries scheduled -please chime in

Meghan and Neckpatient-

I made the post "BEFORE YOU HAVE FUSION SURGERY", and based on neckpatient's comments I RESPECTFULLY feel compelled to respond.

I have been coming to this site for...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-09-2008, 10:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,297
Posted By bw67
Re: before you have fusion surgery!

Jeff and others-

Sounds like you've got a lot going on.

I think someone else has already said this on this post, but if you think about it, it makes sense. It is harder to find SUCCESS...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-05-2008, 01:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,297
Posted By bw67
Re: before you have fusion surgery!

thanks lorie- sorry to hear you're still having trouble. your experience is exactly why I chose not to go the fusion route.

I know most of the "success stories" get on with their lives and off...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-01-2008, 06:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,297
Posted By bw67
before you have fusion surgery!

hey-

I use to come on here all the time. I had disc herniations at C5/6 and C6/7 that caused tremendous pain in my right arm.

I was told by doctor after doctor that fusion was my only option. ...
Board: Lymphomas 01-05-2008, 11:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,792
Posted By bw67
Re: Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Hey-

I just started a new thread titled TRANSPLANT COSTS? And then I found this one...

Since everyone on here either has or knows someone who has Hodgkin's Lymphoma, can any of you give me an...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-29-2007, 02:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 11,631
Posted By bw67
Re: Cervical Fusion VS Non Fusion: Opinions please

I was 38 when I had the non fusion procedure. I had 5 doctors here in Nashville tell me fusion was my only option. I scoured the internet and actually found my doc- Dr. Merrill Reuter in Lake Worth...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-28-2007, 03:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 11,631
Posted By bw67
Re: Cervical Fusion VS Non Fusion: Opinions please

I had minimally invasive surgery- discectomy without fusion for disc herniations at C5/6 and C6/7 16 months ago.

I'm no doctor, but I would hesitate having any type of surgery if you're not in...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 09-07-2007, 06:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,856
Posted By bw67
Re: Cervical Disc Fusion Questions ;

discograms are no big deal, you'll be out of it for half a day...

I would encourage getting 2nd or 3rd opinions before going under the knife...

depending on where you live and what kind of...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-27-2007, 06:07 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,617
Posted By bw67
options other than fusion

Hello all-

I haven't posted a thread in several months- two little boys, the job and life in general have been keeping me pretty busy...

I wanted to get on and post information that may be...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-22-2007, 02:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,604
Posted By bw67
Re: Anyone have endoscopic surgery...?

I don't know where you're at in your search, but I had an endoscopic procedure done in Florida last August to repair disc herniations at C5/6 and C6/7...

With Dr. Merrill Reuter at Advanced...
Board: Phobias 07-15-2007, 05:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,873
Posted By bw67
Re: Claustrophobia and MRIs

ask to have an OPEN MRI. you're not in a tube, the sides are open, it's still a little freaky, but much less than the tube...

the facility where I had mine done also let me bring in a music cd of...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 06-12-2007, 08:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,604
Posted By bw67
Re: Anyone have endoscopic surgery...?

if you want to stay near your area, I'm pretty sure Dr Jho in/near Pittsburgh does the type of procedures you're referring to...

in addition to travel concerns, a lot of the minimally invasive...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-09-2007, 06:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 14,662
Posted By bw67
Re: Valium and Muscle Spasms

skz-

hey. forgive me if you've already answered this, but I've asked before- HAVE YOU TRIED FLEXIRIL???

I've also said this before, it took me SEVERAL MONTHS before I was completely rid of...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-24-2007, 07:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,357
Posted By bw67
Re: Going to P.T. after 2 level ACDF? (spasms)

I feel like I've posted on the spasm subject before, but I think it takes awhile for the spasms to go away. I had minimally invasive surgery- most of you have had more intensive and invasive fusion-...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-18-2007, 02:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,416
Posted By bw67
Re: I'm BACK! ACDF C5C6C7 didnt WORK!!!

Ron -

Are you using the same doctor this time??? I would be hesitant to do so if the first fusion didn't work...

I really hate to hear that you or anyone is having to go back in for more...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-15-2007, 06:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,791
Posted By bw67
Re: Bulging Disks in neck. Any success without surgery

I had herniated discs at C5/6 and C6/7, but I was able to put off surgery for almost two years by doing TRACTION, MASSAGE THERAPY, and an occasional STEROID INJECTION...

I did eventually undergo...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-05-2007, 07:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,914
Posted By bw67
Re: Artificial discs - not wise choice according to my doc

FORESTPEAK-

check out my post- NON FUSION UPDATE. I chose to have a minimally invasive procedure for herniations at C5/6 and C6/7. It may be an alternative for you over fusion...

good luck
...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-26-2007, 02:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,630
Posted By bw67
Re: Help--I'm scared to death

I too didn't want to do fusion at my age- 39. I chose a minimally invasive option, check out my post- NON FUSION OPTION.

Fusion is an interesting animal, lots of people on here swear it's the...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-17-2007, 02:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,993
Posted By bw67
Re: 3 Level Cervical Fusion or go to Germany for ADR

did you look into DR. MERRILL REUTER at Advanced Orthopaedics of South Florida, in Lake Worth, FLA??

I had 5-6 different doctors recommend a two level acdf at C5-6 and C6-7. Dr Reuter was able to...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-14-2007, 07:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,832
Posted By bw67
Re: ACDF and ADR

check out my post

NON FUSION OPTION

I bumped it up to the top of the posts...

BW67
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-24-2006, 02:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 19,648
Posted By bw67
Re: Not wearing a neck brace after ACDF?

I had minimally invasive acd w/out fusion surgery and even my surgeon had me wear a semi-hard philadelphia collar for 3 weeks, and a soft collar for another two. no driving while I was in the phila...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-21-2006, 06:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 12,422
Posted By bw67
Re: Differentiating shoulder pain from cervical causes or shoulder causes

lulu-

for what it's worth, I didn't have significant neck pain as a result of my disc herniations at C5-6 and C6-7. But those herniations/leakages were pressing on the nerves that go down into my...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-13-2006, 06:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 12,422
Posted By bw67
Re: Differentiating shoulder pain from cervical causes or shoulder causes

whackedback-

I didn't have my surgery in mid-tn. I couldn't find anyone in the Nashville area that performed minimally invasive procedures. I did not want fusion.

I had my surgery done in...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-12-2006, 08:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 12,422
Posted By bw67
Re: Differentiating shoulder pain from cervical causes or shoulder causes

my pain was in my right arm/shoulder- at it's worst just above my right elbow. the doctor's attributed it to disc herniations at C5-6 and C6-7. they said the herniations were pressing on the nerves...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-12-2006, 08:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,484
Posted By bw67
Re: ACDF Healing

my doctor prescribed FLEXIRIL for my spasms...

BW
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-12-2006, 08:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,446
Posted By bw67
Re: Do I need ACDF???

so is it safe to say that you've cancelled your scheduled surgery?? or at least put it off for awhile...

bw
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-05-2006, 08:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,446
Posted By bw67
Re: Do I need ACDF???

well, hopefully the 2nd opinion helped, and didn't muddy the water for you...

as long as the doctor feels you're not risking futher damage, and as long as your pain is tolerable, if you haven't...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-04-2006, 05:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,446
Posted By bw67
Re: Do I need ACDF???

glad to hear you were able to get a 2nd opinion, I hope it helps your decision making...best of luck

BW
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-03-2006, 06:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,446
Posted By bw67
Re: Do I need ACDF???

maybe someone has already said this, I'll admit I just skimmed through most of the replies...

if your surgery isn't until dec 18th, and you're uneasy as to whether or not you truly need an acdf,...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-03-2006, 12:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,291
Posted By bw67
Re: ACDF success. 100% fusion

If your pain isn't life threatening and you can live with it awhile longer, I would consider PUTTING OFF the surgery until after the holidays. You're going to be an unhappy camper for at least a few...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 10-22-2006, 03:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 19,770
Posted By bw67
Re: Anterior or posterior? Laminectomy or Discectomy?

no offense taken, neckpatient...

I've also got DDD, narrowed spinal canals, and a few other things, I was just trying to simplify my condition w/out pulling out all the Dr's notes with the...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 10-20-2006, 09:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 19,770
Posted By bw67
Re: Anterior or posterior? Laminectomy or Discectomy?

cervical xrays every 2-3 weeks to check for disc collapse. haven't had any mri's post op. xrays done in hometown, put on cd, then mailed down to fla.

very light strengthening exercises...mainly...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 10-19-2006, 07:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 19,770
Posted By bw67
Re: Anterior or posterior? Laminectomy or Discectomy?

I'm no dr., but I thought spurs were caused in part by disc herniations. that they were the body's way of trying to "dam" the herniation or bulge. Maybe I'm wrong...

I was also told by one dr...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 10-19-2006, 11:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 19,770
Posted By bw67
Re: Anterior or posterior? Laminectomy or Discectomy?

ghost-

no foraminotomy done, not even sure what that is...

In my case- I had two herniated discs at C5-6 and C6-7 that were primarily causing INCREDIBLE pain in my RIGHT arm anytime I'd sit,...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 10-18-2006, 07:47 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 17,262
Posted By bw67
Re: If I Knew Then What I Know Now

Curt-

wondering what the latest is with your situation...

8 weeks post op going the non fusion route, I'm still feeling really good. My neck is a little sore at night depending on my activity...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 10-18-2006, 07:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 19,770
Posted By bw67
Re: Anterior or posterior? Laminectomy or Discectomy?

I believe anterior is less invasive than posterior, so there's less recovery time. I personally would consider anything NON FUSION before going the fusion route. Once they've removed the discs and...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 10-07-2006, 03:32 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 17,262
Posted By bw67
Re: If I Knew Then What I Know Now

Curt-

Great to hear your dr suggested some non-surgical options. Traction, along w/chiro adjustments and massage worked for me for well over a year...

I learned a little more about my SLIGHT...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 10-04-2006, 06:50 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 17,262
Posted By bw67
Re: If I Knew Then What I Know Now

Curt-

I hope some of the vets on this board will chime in- but I would think fusion at 3 levels is going to be a real tough recovery; and again, in the research I've done, it seems like once you...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 10-03-2006, 02:50 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 17,262
Posted By bw67
Re: If I Knew Then What I Know Now

Curt-

What's the latest on your decision making??

I thought I'd give you an update on me. I am now over 6 weeks post op, and well over a week w/no significant arm pain. My neck is still a...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 09-25-2006, 06:22 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 17,262
Posted By bw67
Re: If I Knew Then What I Know Now

fyi-

I was told they almost NEVER charge the $500, that I shouldn't worry about it. I did send the $200 for the review however.

As I've said before, everyone's medical condition and...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 09-22-2006, 11:52 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 17,262
Posted By bw67
Re: If I Knew Then What I Know Now

Dr. Reuter was in network with my insurance as well. It was also a cheap flight on Southwest, and I have family in the Lake Worth area (10-15 minutes from West Palm Beach), so I had a free place to...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 09-21-2006, 08:44 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 17,262
Posted By bw67
Re: If I Knew Then What I Know Now

curt-

the dr may be correct that surgery is your only permanent option. but remember, he'll make no $$$ if you try the other routes. my own personal opinion is that it's worth your while- if you...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 09-09-2006, 09:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,796
Posted By bw67
Re: ACDF success stories??

to update this post-

I ended up having the NON FUSION discectomy at C5-6 and C6-7 3 weeks ago. Dr. Merril Reuter in Lake Worth Fla removed the nucleus of the herniated discs, injected a gel of my...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 09-08-2006, 09:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 17,262
Posted By bw67
Re: If I Knew Then What I Know Now

Curt-

first off, what part of NOVA?? I grew up in Vienna, I live outside of Nashville, TN these days...

I would DEFINITELY recommend getting 2nd, 3rd, 4th opinions before going under the...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-25-2006, 11:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,427
Posted By bw67
Re: ACD Without Fusion???

to update this post...

I'm flying down to FLA in a couple weeks to meet with a Dr. Reuter at Advanced Ortho of South Florida. He's reviewed my case and feels their minimally invasive techniques...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-25-2006, 11:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,796
Posted By bw67
Re: ACDF success stories??

thanks for all your comments guys...

I booked my flight for FLA and I'll be meeting w/Dr. Reuter the week of Aug 14th. If the discogram shows their minimally invasive procedure will help then...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-21-2006, 08:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,796
Posted By bw67
Re: ACDF success stories??

Dennis-

I asked about having the test done here in TN and the results sent to the doctor in FL. They said they prefer to do the test themselves so they can interpret the results directly rather...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-21-2006, 11:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,796
Posted By bw67
Re: ACDF success stories??

thanks for all your comments guys-

since I made the post- one of the minimally invasive doctors called me from FLA this a.m. (I'm in Nashville). he feels that if I have the time and the $$$- he's...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-20-2006, 03:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,796
Posted By bw67
Re: ACDF success stories??

thanks dennisgb, that's what I was hoping to hear...

anything that you wish you had done differently pre/post surgery?
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