pro-disc L replacement surgery
inside out

United States

#21 Feb 18, 2009
Amanda wrote:
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Workman's comp is sending me to Little Rock for this DR over there. Today is the 4 wk mark of injuring my back. My PCP didn't do a MRI, instead he did a CT of my back. So when I went to LR, the first thing that DR did was order a MRI for me. That is all that has been done so far. I'm just really really frustrated at the fact that I have been on pain meds and laying down/taking it easy for 4 wks. I am not a person who sits around and does nothing. This has totally brought my world to a sudden stop. I just want to know what is going on with my back and what they are going to do about it. I want my life back to what it used to be. Hell, I would love to even be able to vacuum, change the sheets on my bed, dust the house etc. Now I am having to rely on others to help me out with it.....which is very embarrassing for me to have to ask others for help. aarrggghhhh........sorry, had to vent there for a little bit. I just want off this damn couch. I have learned that it isn't as comfy as I once thought it was. LOL
i understand just what you are going through..mine is at L3/L4 and i have already had surgery (2 yrs ago) i still have major lower back and left leg (all the way to my toes) pain..i have had a total of 4 mri's and the last showed no good news, looks like another surgery (2nd one), there is still so much i cant do.....i have also had a nerve block done, it only lasted for about a month..but they tell you (or should) theres no way for them to know if it will work and if it does how long it would work
inside out

United States

#22 Feb 18, 2009
Amanda wrote:
OH ya...Doesn't Make Sense.....DR said that I have a 95% chance of returning back to work in full swing. I am so happy and relieved to hear that but I want to go to work now. He said that I was too young to have back problems like this and that he didn't want to do surgery b/c if I had one, then I would have to have another one in a few yrs, then another one; would be pretty much on a cycle of surgeries every few yrs. He is wanting to do a nerve block on me.....I am hoping that will work. I don't know when he is gonna do it tho...I just hope soon!
i wish the doctor that worked on me would have tryed other things before surgery but he didnt..i was 34 when i had surgery and life as i knew it is long gone
Amanda

Lake Charles, LA

#23 Feb 18, 2009
I was told today by my workmans comp nurse that i will be seen by a dr here in jonesboro, starts with a G. I won't be putting his name on here for obvious reasons. I will be having a nerve block done here in town instead of driving to Little Rock. The neurosurgeon said that my back would do fine with a few nerve blocks....i could return to work without surgery. I sure do hope that it works! I want my life back and want to return to work. Hell, even being able to walk around a store for greater than 15 min without severe pain in my lower back would be awesome!
GBJ

Lake Charles, LA

#24 Feb 19, 2009
I hope and pray that I never injure my back very seriously. All I know and have done is hard work all my life and the work I do now is hard. I wouldn't know what to do. Gosh, I guess I'd be like a horse having to be put down.
My prayers go out to all of you.
inside out

United States

#25 Feb 19, 2009
amanda...i wish you the best of luck and hope the nerve block works for you..i can tell you from knowing its not fun and life changing after surgery happens..had i known better i would have tryed everything under the sun before surgery..sounds like you have a good surgeon, wish more of them was as up front
gbj..thank you for your kindness
Amanda

Lake Charles, LA

#26 Feb 19, 2009
Thank you GBJ and inside out for your kind words and support. I am hoping that this works and I can go back to work and a normal lifestyle. Yes, GBJ it is like a horse being put down....it is hard to even tie my own shoelaces at times. I fell to the floor on my knees once just because I sneezed. Just simply....sneezed.
doesnt make sense

Wynne, AR

#27 Feb 19, 2009
Not trying to ruin your hope of returning back to work...but I can't stand doctors who work for workmen's comp. I have a brother-in-law who got injured at work. They sent him to a doctor in LR as well. He did all the "tests" apparently and said that he could not find anything wrong. He finally saw some doctors from UAMS and he has all type of problems. He has undergone neck and back surgery at UAMS. Workmen comp. dr.'s are crooks. They tell you what your employer wants them to say in no regards to the person injured. It is all "under the table" that's why you have to go to the doctor they tell you to go to. I am only 36 and was in very good health before my injuries. I do not smoke/drink, and was even a marathon runner/aerobic's instructor. You are not too young to have back issues. Sometimes there can be a genetic link as well. My dad and most of my siblings have had back/neck problems. Surgery helped me more than anything. I dont care if I have to have surgery again 10 yrs. from now. I was in so much pain, I could not get off the couch either. I had to quit work and have my husband cook, clean, and take care of my small children. He even had to dress me. I literally wanted to die at times. My quality of life was so bad, that I could not see how I could live like this. Surgery was the only thing that helped. I am just scared if you get the nerve block it will just temporarily mask the pain and will only make matters worse. Be careful with the pain pills. They are very addictive. I understand the need to take them though. That was the only way I could move. Just went through some very scary "emotional" problems when coming off of them...crying/anxiety attacks. Now I take 3 extra strength excedrine or 3 BC powders. They seem to be the only thing that can take the edge off. I will be thinking of and praying for you. Keep me posted on your condition.
GBJ

Lake Charles, LA

#28 Feb 21, 2009
Amanda wrote:
I was told today by my workmans comp nurse that i will be seen by a dr here in jonesboro, starts with a G. I won't be putting his name on here for obvious reasons. I will be having a nerve block done here in town instead of driving to Little Rock. The neurosurgeon said that my back would do fine with a few nerve blocks....i could return to work without surgery. I sure do hope that it works! I want my life back and want to return to work. Hell, even being able to walk around a store for greater than 15 min without severe pain in my lower back would be awesome!
Hope things go well. What line of work are you in by the way. You think you will be able to get back into it ok? I mean, it's nothing too physical is it?
doesnt make sense

Wynne, AR

#29 Feb 21, 2009
DR.G. performed my nerve blocks as well. He can be an arrogant a**hole so beware. He was extremely nice the first time I met him but his bedside manner was not so good during the procedures. I saw his nurse practioner for all follow up visits in his office. She was very nice. Hope all goes well for you and that they actually help. All they did for me was add up to a big bill. Unfortunately, he ended up doing a diskography on me after 3 blocks did not help with the pain. That's where he realized I had a hernaited disc and set me up with Tonymon. Good luck! I hope they work for you.
LiLRedCV

Orting, WA

#30 Feb 23, 2009
I just had the Pro-Disc surgery for the C-4, C-5 on Feb 11th for a herniated disc/pinched nerve stemming from an auto accident Oct 2007. Our auto PIP has long been maxed out for treatments and our maj med health insurance had to pick up the tab for the actual surgery. Our last maj med insurance company (BC/BS) denied it, but our new one (Aetna) approved it.

I checked into the hospital Feb 11th @ 11:45am, surgery was @ 1:45pm, and I was home that same evening by 8:06pm. Even read my 6-yr old son his bedtime story that night!

From the start post surgery, I have not had to wear a neck brace, I have been able to navigate our tri-level house, cook for my family, etc. I was released for driving and all other normal life activities a week after my surgery.

Although my throat still hurts, it's only a very mild discomfort compared to what I'd been living with since the accident. More like a sore throat.... My life has already improved so much in such a short time!

BTW - we live in WA state and my surgery was done by Dr. Shonnard @ Rainier Orthopedics.
Educated

Jonesboro, AR

#31 Feb 24, 2009
I would seriously seek a second opinion. The truth is that regardless of your age, if you have the need of surgery then you need surgery. And as far of the resurgery rate, its less than 20%. I would get a copy of your MRI and CT and get someone else to take a look at it.
is your pain isolated to your back or do you have pain running down your legs? where at?
Amanda

Lake Charles, LA

#32 Feb 24, 2009
My job that I desperately want to get back to is that I am a paramedic. I have been at home now for over 4 wks with a release to go back to work in 2 wks. I have not had anything done except for prescriptions of pain meds and bed rest after reading the CT and MRI tests.
Educated: The pain is in my lower back with radiating pain into my hips, down my left leg and the top of my left foot. I feel as if I have electricity going down the left leg as well as cramps occasionally and muscle spasms. The pain in my left hip/buttock is an aching pain that doesn't seem to stop. It hurts to walk in my lower back and left hip. I have also had a sharp pain in my right hip as if I was getting a IM shot. When I touch the area where the pain is, it feels as if I did just receive a shot. Really strange.
I'm just getting frustrated at all of this. I want to be able to return to work and do my job to the fullest of my ability but as of right now, I don't see that happening when I can't be in a vechile for over 30 min without pain in my left leg and lower back, can't stand for over 10 min at a time or walk without pain for greater than 10 min.
A nerve block is suppose to be done here soon (that was told to me 2 wks ago). I don't have a date as of today for an appt. I just want off my couch and this heating pad and the meds and live my life like I used to be able to. I'm just very, very, very frustrated at this point. Sorry for venting.
Chiropractors help

Saint Albans, WV

#33 Feb 24, 2009
inside out wrote:
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i wish the doctor that worked on me would have tryed other things before surgery but he didnt..i was 34 when i had surgery and life as i knew it is long gone
This is why I urge anyone and everyone with any type of spinal problems to try a chiropractor first before you let anyone cut you open. You can always have the surgery later if Chiropractic doesn't help but once its done its done. And the odds are you will have to have a 2nd surgery within 5 years b/c its a chain reaction with you spine. I can't believe there has been so many comments made and this is only the 2nd comment to mention Chiropractic, which are the back specialist. Wouldn't you go to the specialist who also works with the nervous system before you pay a lot of money to have surgery. 90% of the time the pain is relieved with no surgery or drugs.. how cool is that. I know I would have had to have surgery a couple years ago but I went to a great chiropractor here in town and she fixed me totally. I'll never doubt again.
LiLRedCV

Orting, WA

#34 Feb 24, 2009
I had chiro and massage therapy from the time of my accident Oct 2007 until May 2008 when we decided I wasn't really improving. The chiro ordered the MRI. That's when we discovered the extensive damage and my chiro referred me to an orthopedic surgeon, but until I could get the maj medical insurance approval for the surgery (Feb 2008), I continued the chiro and massage therapy treatments.

I know chiro and massage therapy work! I've had them before for a previous accident and never needed meds. I've even used acupuncture and it helped considerably too. But this time around? I knew it was "different". At least I gave them the first shot at correcting the situation before resorting to something so invasive!!

I'm one that definitely tries to avoid putting chemicals into my body if I can. Not necessarily a diehard about it, but I suspected I was going to be needing surgery and taking pain meds after the fact, so why put the toxins in my body beforehand and potentially damage my liver in the process?

If worse comes to worst tho'? I'd put my money on the Pro-disc surgery vs the fusion and plate version. I know 5 people that've had the fusion and plate and all are very limited on range of motion. I'm not even out of surgery 2-full weeks yet and already have a much broader range of motion in comparison!
Charleston SC

United States

#35 Mar 16, 2009
Has anyone had cervical Pro-disc disc replacement surgery approved by BCBS?
curious

United States

#36 Mar 17, 2009
My friend had pro-disc L replacement done by my surgeon and BCBS of AR. did cover it. I think it can depend on which type of plan you have as well. There can be "little clauses" in there, especially if it is a group policy through work, etc, which will exclude paying for these type of surgeries.
LiLRedCV

Orting, WA

#37 Mar 19, 2009
Charleston SC wrote:
Has anyone had cervical Pro-disc disc replacement surgery approved by BCBS?
We originally had BCBS and they refused it (C-4, C-5). Said the cervical procedure was still "too experimental".:(

We switched to Aetna and they approved it almost immediately. They sent us a letter of their coverage policy for it and that stated you must have had at least 6-wks worth of alternative treatments (i.e. pain management, chiro, massage therapy, etc) before they'd even consider it. With almost a year and a half of treatments, had that covered.
LiLRedCV

Orting, WA

#38 Mar 19, 2009
curious wrote:
My friend had pro-disc L replacement done by my surgeon and BCBS of AR. did cover it. I think it can depend on which type of plan you have as well. There can be "little clauses" in there, especially if it is a group policy through work, etc, which will exclude paying for these type of surgeries.
The lumbar procedure of Pro-Disc was approved by the FDA long before it was approved for the cervical version. That may have been "why" BCBS paid for it. We were denied the cervical version by them because they said it was still "too experimental".
Pat

United States

#39 Mar 26, 2009
I had a hybrid back surgery this past December. Fusion at L5/S1 and prodisc artificial implants at L3/L4 & L4/L5. Before surgery I had constant tingling and numbness down my left leg into my foot. upon waking up from surgery, no pain! I do have some discomfort in my low back, I think at the fusion sight. The disc's are working great. If you insurance is not willing to work with you, I would go at them 3 times and even get an attorney to write a letter on your behalf. Recovery time is less with Artificial Discs than fusion and preserve motion. The prodisc is FDA approved. I would encourage anyone to contact Mark Mintzer at www.globalpatientnetwork.com and ask for his help. I found him at the end of my process and wish I had found him earlier.
Good Luck
Gera is the one for me

Big Spring, TX

#40 Mar 26, 2009
I have herinated disc and Dr. G got me back to my old self. I would recommend him to anyone. I think he is a very nice man.

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