I am now 8 weeks post op from lumbar disc replacement - page 2

Thank you to all those who answered my questions about lumbar disc replacement. I am now 8 weeks post op and am thrilled with the results. I have gone from 20mg of morpine every 2 hrs to 2... Read More

  1. Visit  healing_mom profile page
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    Cindee. . .
    I am currently appealing with BC of CA regarding coverage for disc replacement also with Dr. Delamarter. Did you have to appeal? How are you doing? Do you recommend the surgery and this surgeon. I am sooooooo nervous. Please help. Does anyone have any information on getting insurance coverage for the disc replacement and does one level vs. two make a difference. Any help would be greatly appreciated
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  3. Visit  VC504 profile page
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    Quote from CajunMan
    Tass: I am scheduled for the disc on March 4, 2004. It will be installed in Dallas, Texas at the Back Institute, by Dr. Richard Guyer.
    Later
    DT
    Hey How are you,

    My name is victor castagneto. I also suffer from damage to L4/L5 & S1 disc herniation. I see you're from Louisiana. I also live in new orleans, La. I was wondering if you could share with me your experience with disc replacement. I see you were to go to texas for yours. If you can give me any information on where I can contact a doctor able to perform this procedure I would greatly appreciate the information. Please pm me w/info.

    Thank you much,

    Victor castagneto
    Last edit by prmenrs on Jul 18, '05 : Reason: edited email from post
  4. Visit  alwaysinpain profile page
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    Quote from healing_mom
    Cindee. . .
    I am currently appealing with BC of CA regarding coverage for disc replacement also with Dr. Delamarter. Did you have to appeal? How are you doing? Do you recommend the surgery and this surgeon. I am sooooooo nervous. Please help. Does anyone have any information on getting insurance coverage for the disc replacement and does one level vs. two make a difference. Any help would be greatly appreciated
    Dear Healing Mom,

    I just got a rejection for the ADR (Charite) from BC. I am going to appeal their decision. I am 45 yrs old and have 3 children. My quality of life is greatly declined. I take pain meds around the clock just so that I can straighten up and do light work around the house. I have 2 discs that need replacement - one is completely gone and the other is on its way. I have been suffering for over 2 yrs. I finally faced the fact that I am going to need surgery only to find out that my insurance won't cover it. I am beside myself. However, I have to have something done because I am building a tolerance to the pain meds and they are messing up my system. If I have to I will pay for the surgery myself, but I find that option to be, quite frankly, absurd. What luck have you had with your appeal? Also, how are you managing with your symptoms and your daily life? I look forward to talking with you as I feel so awful and now depressed after the rejection. Thank you!
  5. Visit  alwaysinpain profile page
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    Quote from Tassie Nurse
    Thank you to all those who answered my questions about lumbar disc replacement. I am now 8 weeks post op and am thrilled with the results. I have gone from 20mg of morpine every 2 hrs to 2 paracetamol per day. I had L4/5 and S1 discs replaced using Charite II prothesis' via an anterior approach.

    The operation was less painful than a laparoscopy I had years ago, thanks to a morphine infusion for 24 hours then oral narcotic pain relief for 4 weeks. I was discharged 4 days post op, but was ready for home on day 3.

    I have spent the last week gardening and packing up my house to move, not something I would have dreamed of previously.
    Anyone contemplating this procedure should go for it, I am now looking forward to a new start and getting back to work.

    Julie
    Tassie Nurse
    Dear Julie,

    I have severe degeneration of L4-5 and L3-4 is quite bad as well. I also have a missing facet joint at L5-S1 which is a deformity that I was born with. I am having a discogram done on Friday. I have Blue Cross insurance which has always been terrific, but they have denied the ADR. I am going to appeal. Did you have any problems with your insurance and what kind do you have?

    I am 45 yrs. old and have been active and in very good shape all of my life. My life has changed dramatically over the past 2 years. I am taking narcotic meds around the clock because the pain is so bad. If I do anything to make it worse, like grocery shopping, I run the risk of not being able to relieve the pain. The discogram hopefully should give us a clearer direction. I have read a great deal of information about the Charite disc. I am concerned because it is relatively new, but I am in favor of it because of the mobility that one would receive as opposed to fusion. I live in Los Angeles and Dr. John Regan, who is very highly regarded, is treating me. Is there any info can you give me regarding insurance, any reservations that you had, your history of your case, etc. Did you have a discogram - was it painful? The instructions say to get someone to drive me, so I am assuming that they are going to give me an analgesic or relaxant. ANY info would be so appreciated.

    pm me w/info.

    Laura
    Last edit by alwaysinpain on Jul 18, '05
  6. Visit  prmenrs profile page
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    I'd like to point out that the OP is dated 2003. I'd also like to mention that putting your private email (or any other personal info) in a searchable Bulletin Board is not the best idea! Please don't!! Thanks.

    Mod team
  7. Visit  Buck Helm profile page
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    I have 4 torn and 6 herniated discs in my back. I am scheduled for ADR on L4/L5 on January 17 and am scared to death. I am 47 and have lived with this injury for 20 years. I am sick of not being able to do anything and tired of the pain and vicoden addiction. The two discs above are herniated but not collapsed like 4/5 is. I would appreciate any input anyone can give me. I am seeing and orthopedic, Brian Grossman in Simi Valley...any comments ?
  8. Visit  Buck Helm profile page
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    forgot to mention....I have Blue Cross and was fully authorized. That was what triggered my posting.
  9. Visit  Catfish RN profile page
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    Hi,
    this is my first post, so if I do anything wrong .. please be patient.
    I am currently on W/C for a back injury. I have received, P.T. pain meds and chiropractic. I do not want epidural injections. I have said that I would consider surgery when I can no longer get oob.
    I want to return back to work preferrably in the ICU where I injured myself. However, would NICU be less of a strain on my back? how about L& D? I am not really interested in a desk job.
    I live in So. Cal and would be interested in hearing any and all advice about disc replacement or job replacement.
    Thanks
  10. Visit  healing_mom profile page
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    Catfish RN,

    Be careful!! Once you have surgery, it seems things just keep getting worse (at least that is my experience). If you can go with conservative interventions, they are the best. If you go with epidural injections, make sure the doctor is good. If you want to go back to work, NICU is a good option, but there is a lot of leaning of the beds. L&D is not a great choice since you often have to assist patients into positions and this puts a great amount of strain on your back(especially when pt has epidural). Consider wearing a back brace/support. You have to learn to function with the pain. 20 minutes sitting, 20 minutes up walking. No twisting or bending over. Regular massage seems to be benefitial. I hope this helps. Good luck.
  11. Visit  healing_mom profile page
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    Quote from alwaysinpain
    Dear Healing Mom,

    I just got a rejection for the ADR (Charite) from BC. I am going to appeal their decision. I am 45 yrs old and have 3 children. My quality of life is greatly declined. I take pain meds around the clock just so that I can straighten up and do light work around the house. I have 2 discs that need replacement - one is completely gone and the other is on its way. I have been suffering for over 2 yrs. I finally faced the fact that I am going to need surgery only to find out that my insurance won't cover it. I am beside myself. However, I have to have something done because I am building a tolerance to the pain meds and they are messing up my system. If I have to I will pay for the surgery myself, but I find that option to be, quite frankly, absurd. What luck have you had with your appeal? Also, how are you managing with your symptoms and your daily life? I look forward to talking with you as I feel so awful and now depressed after the rejection. Thank you!

    I was denied through Insurance at all levels. Appeal didn't do anything either. I am afraid to pay out of pocket in case of major problem following surgery that insurance may not cover do to non-approval of treatment. At this point, it is try to deal with things day to day. I don't know the answer. Hopefully insurance will change their thinking soon. Good luck
  12. Visit  gr8rnpjt profile page
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    Quote from healing_mom
    I was denied through Insurance at all levels. Appeal didn't do anything either. I am afraid to pay out of pocket in case of major problem following surgery that insurance may not cover do to non-approval of treatment. At this point, it is try to deal with things day to day. I don't know the answer. Hopefully insurance will change their thinking soon. Good luck
    You always have the option of going to your employer and requesting out of plan approval. If you are a valued employee, they just might agree! Remember that the insurance company covers what is written into the plan. Some companies are self funded and thus can write their own plan.
  13. Visit  maggie489 profile page
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    I'm so encouraged to hear that the disc replacement works so well. I'm sceduled to discuss it with Dr. Yue in New Haven, CT in March. I was not aware of insurance company approval problems or the possibility of a long waiting period. Like others, I too am increasing the pain meds quickly and am anxious to get this over with. I had a 5mm cyst removed last in May of 2005 which helped some. Then cancelled fusion surgery 3 days before it - and just heard about the disc replacement option. I'd love to know more and will share what I can find out.
  14. Visit  rncrrncws profile page
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    I swore I would never have back sugery. I was hurt at work and was in so much pain I could not hardly stand it, but I never missed a day for work. Went to the surgeon and he told me I had 2 choices wheelcair or surgery. I had the fusion anterior/posterior using my rib. I was off work only one month and am absolutely pain free!!!! Before surgery my leg constantly felt like it does when it has been asleep and waking up with pins and needles. Pain meds, blocks nothing touched it. I am so glad I had the surgery only regret is not having it sooner. I suffered for nealy a year after getting hurt, before having the surgery. I know I am one of the success stories and not everyone has such a good outcome, but I was to the point I refused to live my life in pain if there was even a remote possibility the surgery would decrease the pain.


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