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    Old 06-13-2003, 08:07 AM   #1
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    Post For those of you who have had surgery with Dr. Jho

    Guys -

    I'm currently looking for second opinions on surgery and hope that someone will tell me that they will do something less that a 2 level lumbar fusion. I'm in the process of getting copies of my films to send to Dr. Jho for review. If I'm fortunate to get a good review from him and go for surgery, I was wondering if any of you traveled a distance to get surgery and where was a nice place to stay after surgery to convalesce. Thanks.

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    Old 06-13-2003, 08:16 AM   #2
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    jdog,
    Sorry to hear about the lumbar stuff... I hope you are also posting this on the back board...
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    Old 06-14-2003, 12:05 AM   #3
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    JDog~

    Isn't that something? There once was a time when a patient would convalesce....in the hospital! Go figure. http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif

    I can't answer your question specifically, but you do want to get a ground floor room...but you had already thought of that, hadn't you? How long of a drive will you have?

    After that, do you plan on making one big push toward home? Or take it in 'legs'? I plan to try my best to make it home in one shot, but reserve the possibility of having to stop for a room if it gets too bad. (Won't be able to jump on the motel bed that trip )

    Keep us updated on what you learn...

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    Surgeries include, but not limited to:
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    Old 06-14-2003, 12:12 PM   #4
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    Teri -

    Acutally, I'd be more comfortable in a hotel for a week. The drive looks to be about 800 miles, and since my mother won't (everyone should knock on wood right now) drive on the interstate, I'll be doing the piloting. So, I thought I'd do the week at the hotel,
    watch some nightly porn, I mean Disney channel and have a stocked kitchen at one of those residential type hotels.

    I just got back from the MRI place (open all day on Saturday, what a pleasant surprise) and picked up my copies of my lumbar films. The girl felt so bad at the desk that she had to charge me $60 for the set of films. I told her, trust me, this was nothing compared to some of the bills I have had this past year.

    Well, the interesting news is that my MRI report from my cervical and right arm MRI from the 10th was in a copy of all the radiology reports. I asked for a copy of all the paper reports to put in my files. (I am so good at losing stuff.) Well, there's something at C5/6
    that I'm going to type in tonight when I get home from work, so everyone be ready to interpret.

    Dr. Jho may just get to do a 2 surgery special on me. I wonder if I'll get a discount or at least an extra eggroll at the nearest Chinese restaurant. Since I've been trying to lose weight, I've given up Chinese and I have been going nuts thinking about it. I miss my MSG dreams.

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    Old 06-14-2003, 12:35 PM   #5
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    JDog~

    I'd definitely push for the eggroll, if not that, then a pizza coupon, at the very least. That may even offset any costs associated with watching....what was it?.....oh yeah, Disney. Mickey Mouse unplugged.

    My family will get to stay in the hospital's housing unit. It has a dining room, full kitchen, two bedrooms, four beds, and a huge living area. It's very "no frills", but functional, and with a great view of Lake Michigan. There's a laundry mat on the floor below us, with a canteen area. I'm very grateful for these accomodations, because a discounted room through the hospital, would start at $200 a night. We're not in S. Indiana anymore!

    Have you set up an appt. with Dr. Jho yet? I hope you don't have to wait as long as I did to get some definitive answers. Any traveling will be well worth it, if s/he's one of the good ones. Maybe check out some bed and breakfast accomodations...those are nice. There's a directory for B&B's that you could probably find online. Just a thought.

    Until later, Take Care,

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    Surgeries include, but not limited to:
    Lumbar fusion-1968
    Fusion with Herrington Rod instrumentation-1970
    Femoral osteotomy-1971
    Tethered cord release-1987
    Rod removal-1987
    Chiari-type pelvic osteotomy-1988
    Trochanteric osteotomy-1989
    Tethered cord release-2003
    Fusion with instrumentation with lots and lots of screws-2003

     
    Old 06-14-2003, 09:00 PM   #6
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    Teri -

    I recieved a copy of my cervical MRI results today. Do you think that Dr. Jho has ever done a Lumbar and a Cervical at the same time? Or would it be better to do them in series?

    I wish that I could contact Nurse Melanie Dawn. There should be a tear coming down the cheek of the frown.

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    Old 06-14-2003, 09:23 PM   #7
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    JDog~

    I'll direct Mel to this thread to help answer that question for you. Cervical and lumbar together would be quite a bit to deal with, I think. My neck is the only good part of my spine, so I can only go by what I've read here. Combine that with what I DO know about lumbar surgery...I don't think it'd be a place I'd want to visit.

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    Surgeries include, but not limited to:
    Lumbar fusion-1968
    Fusion with Herrington Rod instrumentation-1970
    Femoral osteotomy-1971
    Tethered cord release-1987
    Rod removal-1987
    Chiari-type pelvic osteotomy-1988
    Trochanteric osteotomy-1989
    Tethered cord release-2003
    Fusion with instrumentation with lots and lots of screws-2003

     
    Old 06-14-2003, 09:23 PM   #8
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    Hi JDog,

    How about this one http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/bigcry.gif ...sorry you're suffering so much...What did the new MRI show? ...I'm sure Mel will be along soon...Sometimes she just can't post...too much going on...But I'm sure once she sees you need to talk to her she'll try to help if she can...She is such an awesome friend isn't she? ...We are so fortunate to have her in our lives.

    Hope you feel better soon and find the answers and help you need.

    Joanne

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    Old 06-14-2003, 09:41 PM   #9
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    That's cool.

    I'm just wondering if Dr. Jho can do my lumbar and my cervical at the same time. I don't think I can survive 2 indvidual surgeries at once.

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    Old 06-14-2003, 10:03 PM   #10
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    Hey JDog,

    I so wish I could be of some help to you...I suffer from chronic pain etc in the cervical and lumbar as well (definitly no fun) and worry about what's to come down the road for me as well...I don't even want to think about surgery at all never mind doing both areas...I hope it doesn't come to that...Have you asked the docs any of this? ...if so what do they say? ...sorry if you've already discussed this, but at the moment I don't remember you mentioning it...I don't sleep much and I think it's getting to me sometimes...my mind seems to not be as sharp as it used to be...I'm starting to feel like I'm loosing mega brain cells or something ...I'm having more and more trouble remembering new info...have to really work at it...perhaps it's just age or peri-menopausal (sp) crap happening or a combination...anyhoo...I digress...Hope things get better for you soon...I see Mel will be answering you tommorow...Woo Hoo...some real help from a fully functioning brain...I best try to get some sleep...goodnight

    Joanne

     
    Old 06-15-2003, 06:41 AM   #11
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    Hi J.,

    I don't know much about Dr. Jho. I was just wondering who would do your postop care. Would you have to go back for postop checks with him or with somebody in your area? I ask this because when I chose my NS he said, "Once you're my patient, you're always my patient."

    Just wondering.


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    Old 06-15-2003, 10:46 AM   #12
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    Hello,
    In reference to your question of having both surgeries at the same time..... I had them both at different times and DO NOT suggest you having them together. I also did address this question to my NS several months ago and I was told that no surgeon would do 2 procedures at the same time. That could be the New York way.... not sure. Exactly what are you having done????? Good luck
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