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Please someone help

I can't take anymore. Please make it stop! I have laser spine institute telling me I'm a surgical candidate, and a forum review, the 2 ortho docs I've seen in my area say nothing on mri, no surgery. The pain doesn't stop. I don't want to learn how to 'manage'. I NEED it to go away. I NEED to treat the problem.

Someone PLEASE help????!!!???



  • Hello, <span>:smile:" alt=":smile:" height="20" /></span>

    All that I can say is that if the Laser Spine Institute believe that you are a surgical candidate, then they are saying they will fix your pain/problem causing the pain. Why not just do it? I would trust them over any docs close to me.

    Best Wishes!! K

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 3,437

    Hello indetyna!

    Welcome to Spine-Health

    Are you saying nothing is showing up on your MRI? It might be you will have to get an opinion from a spine specialist, such as a neurosurgeon to find out what the problem is.
    I wish we could fix it but we can't, you are the one that has to do that. Before you make any decisions about surgery please get another opinion. What is the problem? how long has it been going on? There is a lot of information about you that you left out.

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  • L4_L5LL4_L5 Posts: 236
    edited 01/01/2018 - 7:05 PM

    Some surgeons are quick to operate...because of $$. If there’s nothing wrong on your MRI I would be skeptical just how bad surgery is needed.

    You have three opinions it sounds like already. Try to get an opinion from a neurosurgeon who doesn’t work at a spine institute but rather one who works at one of your local hospitals. Let his decision be your tiebreaker as to how to proceed.

    Google the phrase “ratemds” and then filter for the #1 or #2 neurosurgeon in your area.

  • I’ve not read very good things about Laser Spine Institute.

    You should look up their reviews.

  • MarWinMarWin OhioPosts: 428

    Of course you're a candidate for their surgery! Cask is King!! Not sure they'd be in business if they turned people away....

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  • Hi. I'm not sure if it helps but there are spinal conditions that warrant surgery and can be fixed that don't show up mris. I had an issue with severe burning upper back pain for 10 years that never showed on any of the mris I had. Vertebral slippage..It was only during a recent surgery for a c6-7 herniation that the surgeon found it and it was fixed with the fusion.. He said it doesn't show up on mris because you are laying flat and still, but does on xrays, if they actually think to look for it. I couldn't say one way or another whether Laser Institute is the way to go, but I'd definitely question the other two for not knowing that...

  • Of course you are a candidate for Laser Spine Institue, I've had 4 surgeries with them. I have had a C3, C4, C5 and a L3, L4, and L5 Laminotomy/Foraminotomy for cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis. They treat you well there but they charged my insurance around $134,000 for each surgery and a day after your surgery you go back and see the surgeon and he checks you out and it's bye bye, see ya later. My 5th surgery which was April 2017 was a L4, L5, revision and he also did the S1. He had to do the revision for the spinal stenosis because L.S.I. didn't do a good job according to my newest MRI also he had to remove a broken spineos process bone that had been broken on a previous surgery at LSI. The way my last Dr. at the orthopedic institute explained is because of the minimally invasive surgeries they really couldn't fix or clean out my spinal stenosis properly. Unfortunately my spinal stenosis has grown back and is pinching my nerves and cord again. I am 41 years old and my surgeries were all within the past 3 years. In December I had to retire after 17 years of being a state Law Enforcement Officer for the state of Florida and am now disabled. Get more opinions before you jump on the LSI band wagon. Yeah they want you as a candidate because that Dr. Needs a new boat or newer car. Get more than a second opinion before you decide on surgery and who you go to.

  • They are a business at the end of the day, surgery is a very serious choice and a second opinion should be considered. Many studies have shown that a few years with a good physical therapist can have the same effect as surgery without the very serious consequences that befall 33% of them.

  • Orthopedic surgeons tend to be more liberal than neurosurgeons when it comes to doing surgery due to a bum disc or discs. The fact that you’ve had two orthopedic surgeons say no to surgery tells me surgery probably isn’t a good idea.

  • Jules1JJules1 Oklahoma City, OklahomaPosts: 66

    Sue doodle - I was glad to see your post. My PCP got me in to see an orthopedic spine surgeon after a number of MRI’s and a couple of neuros. I had a Microdiscectomy L3/L4 over a year ago and was declared cured. Orthopedic took X-rays in a number of positions and numerous lower back problems such as lateral slips etc seen. I am trying to schedule fusion. Getting into see an orthopedic was a fluke and I sure didn’t know about X-rays taken in positions seeing different than MRI’s. I’d try a different type of specialist if you are in PAIN

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