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lisazena
03-07-2011, 08:12 PM
Hi,
I'm from Philadelphia and there are some good doctors here, but I haven't seen the enthusiastic recommendations for any that I see for NY doctors. I am thinking of going to NY for an opinion and if a doctor wows me, going there for the surgery though I lean towards doing the surgery in Philadelphia. Can someone who has gone through the surgery tell me what they think of going to another city for an opinion, for the surgery itself?

And I'm debating between Lonner, Boachie-Adjei or Errico?

Interested in opinions from the listserv. Thanks.
Lisa
curve 60 degree thoracolumbar cuve
57 years old

jrnyc
03-07-2011, 08:27 PM
as a born and rasied New Yorker who lived there til 4 years ago....of course it is worth the trip!! NYC has the best...particularly Manhattan (sorry Maria)
a rheumatologist in Manahttan once told me, when i was thinking of moving to CA...he said "have your surgery in NYC..as good as CA doctors can get, they can't beat NYC surgeons"...his own daughter had surgery with Boachie...

i have seen Dr Lonner, Dr Boachie, Dr Neuwith and a few others (who did not impress me) in Manhattan...Boachie did not take my insurance...that was 6 years ago..i think by now he doesn't take any insurance...you must pay him and wait to get reimbursed by your own company...i could be wrong, so check it...but am pretty sure that is what others on forum have said lately...
i love Dr Lonner...he has followed me for over 6 years now...he will do my surgery whenever i am ready...which isn't yet...
i liked Dr Neuwirth very much, and he took my insurance, but don't know him as well as Lonner....

seriously, i think it is always worth the trp for peace of mind...
one year ago January i flew to LA to see Dr Anand at Cedars Sinai to discuss minimally invasive approach to lumbar surgery...now Dr Lonner does it, but at that time, i wanted to speak directly to the surgeon doing it the most...even though he does not take my insurance....i paid cash, plus airfare and hotel!!

compared to flying 3000 miles, Philly to NYC seems like nothing!!

best of luck...

jess

lisazena
03-07-2011, 08:36 PM
Thanks Jess for the vote of confidence. With your recommendation, and I see many others, I think I'll try for Lonner. What's got your waiting? I'm not sure I'm ready for surgery either, but if I were to do it, I guess it would make sense to do it sooner rather than later because of my age.

jrnyc
03-07-2011, 08:47 PM
hi lisa
for me personally...i need fusion T4-pelvis...we compromised to T11-pelvis...because i get botox shots in thoracic area every 3-4 months that have been very helpful in freezing muscles, so they cannot spasm....fusion to pelvis scares me, though fellow scolis on here have assured me it is not as bad as one thinks it will be...
most all my pain is lumbar, hips, etc...
i have degenerative disc disease...Dr Lonner told me a year ago that my thoracic curve only increased 2 degrees, lumbar stayed same...i am T42, L61, but that my discs are much worse...discs can cause a huge amount of pain!! also i have listhesis, spinal stenosis, spinal arthritis, and am "particularly hypokyphotic," per Dr Lonner....

all other surgeons i consulted with agreed with Lonner's recommendations, including Boachie...
we also decided on minimally invasive approach, as it spares muscles a little bit...
that was the reason i flew to see Dr Anand in LA a year ago...to discuss results Anand has had with that approach...

meanwhile, i take oral pain meds, get injections...nothing much has helped lumbar pain...i do get relief for up to 3 weeks with lower back injections...but it is sadly short lived! i keep trying, though!

jess

mbeckoff
03-07-2011, 09:13 PM
I now live in NC but lived for 20 years outside of Philly in a small town in NJ. I am from NY and as Jess says NYC is the best. Philly to NYC is a day trip. Many people do it on a daily basis so if the trip is worth it for a job then it is certainly worth it for a medical reason

Melissa

lisazena
03-07-2011, 09:28 PM
Jess,

You mention minimally invasive, which would sound great. The surgeon i saw today told me I would need fusion from T8 to S1 so he said minimally invasive would not be possible, but sound like your potential fusion is just as large and minimally invasive would be possible?

Melissa,
Thanks too for your encouragement. I see your note says you had surgery and are learning to do things differently. What do you mean? Were you happy with the surgery or are you too waiting?

Best,
Lisa

jrnyc
03-07-2011, 11:40 PM
hey Lisa
i would find a surgeon who knows more...
Dr Anand in CA swears EVERYONE can have lumbar fusion with minimally invasive..
if you're interested, take a look at his web site...he is at Cedar Sinai Hospital in LA..but has a website about minimally invasive...

i do not know what is right for you or what you can have...i am not a doctor nor do i make medical recommendations!

i just know which surgeons DO know...Dr Lonner is one of them..
Dr Anand is another...there are another one or two in the Chicago area, i believe...
i spoke to 2 of Anand's patients who were very happy with their lumbar fusion using him as their surgeon...course, that doesn't mean he has no unhappy patients, but i would guess he wasn't going to give me the phone numbers of such patients if there are any!
i flew out to CA BECAUSE a few people were saying on forum that no one could have lumbar fusion with minimally invasive approach IF they needed fusion to the pelvis...that is WHY i went to see Anand! and Dr Anand said i absolutely COULD...as can anyone...per him...
so...i would at least find a surgeon who knows the procedure...then, whether you want to go that way is up to you and the surgeon...NOT someone telling you it is impossible!
perhaps revision surgeries qualify differently...i only know what i was told about surgery for me...who has not had any spinal surgery...yet..and other first time patients...

jess

jrnyc
03-08-2011, 05:34 AM
LISA
WHY ARE YOU WRITING IN THE "UNDER AGE 18" SECTION OF THE FORUM....???
I JUST NOTICED THIS

YOU SAID YOU ARE 57 YEARS OLD...

I BELIEVE YOUR POSTS NEED TO BE SWITCHED TO THE ADULT SECTION..
MAYBE UNDER "FIRST TIME SURGERY" ?????

jess

LindaRacine
03-08-2011, 10:14 AM
Jess...

I moved the thread to the appropriate forum. Thanks.

--Linda

rohrer01
03-08-2011, 11:36 AM
If I could afford it, or if my insurance would cover it, I certainly wouldn't have a problem traveling to see a really good doc. I have a friend who traveled to CA from the midwest to have her surgery. Of course, she had family there to help with her aftercare. I guess that would be the only serious thing to consider is after the surgery. Follow-ups would be more physically difficult and costly.

asccbodypro
03-08-2011, 01:29 PM
hi lisa
get botox shots in thoracic area every 3-4 months that have been very helpful in freezing muscles, so they cannot spasm....jess

Jess,

I have been wondering if botox injection to the muscles in the thoracic/shouler area would ever be an option......SO glad to see that they are. I go in tomorrow morning for my first epidural steriod shot to my neck which I know won't work. They never worked for me in the past but they were done to my L4-L5. If my pain management clinic doesn't do it I am going to find a place that does. I am certain that this would be 100% beneficial to me.......I'm sure that it is not without risk of course but I'm at my end o dealing with muscles spasms so bad it gives me migraine...Done! Thanks for sharing!!!

asccbodypro
03-08-2011, 01:36 PM
[QUOTE=lisazena;118084]
. Can someone who has gone through the surgery tell me what they think of going to another city for an opinion, for the surgery itself?

Lisa,

Deciding to have this surgery is such a HUGE decision that if you can afford the expense of traveling to get a second opinion I would go for it. We have military insurance and I was very apprehensive of letting a military doctor operate on my spine! When I first met with Dr. Fox I was 6 week post partum. I knew I wanted to wait for my son to be at least a year old. Both my husband and I instantly took to Dr. Fox and felt confident in his ability and I knew I would be in good hands. He definitely encouraged me to get a second opinion but I felt so confident in him that I never did and never once regretted it. Follow your instincts because more often than not they are correct. Good luck and keep us posted!

Jacque's Mom
03-08-2011, 03:12 PM
Lisa,

I recently had revision surgery on December 7, 2010 by Dr. Boachie. I haven't paid him anything, other than the visit before surgery and my insurance company reimbursed me. His office recently submitted his surgical fees to insurance, and is currently being processed. To date, I haven't paid anything. I was told I have a very good policy, so I'm hoping for the best.

I highly recommend Dr. Boachie. He has given me my life back. I have been in his care since 2002 and finally made the decision last summer - couldn't take the pain anymore. I was out of work for three months and just returned on 2/28/11.

I wish you the best.
LYNN

Confusedmom
03-08-2011, 09:54 PM
Yes! It's worth travelling!!

(I haven't had surgery, but I can tell you just from reading this forum that having a good surgeon--the BEST surgeon you can get--is absolutely imperative!)

:),
Evelyn

jrnyc
03-09-2011, 04:30 AM
i am completely shocked!
i thought that was how he worked...taking reimbursements...
it didn't help me, as i have the kind of insurance where i must go to an in network surgeon, but i thought he did take insurance reimbursement..

BUT...last week i read that someone had to pay UPFRONT and wait for pay back from their insurance company...
and i have read several folks on forum writing the same type of thing over the past year or so!

so obviously, the answer is to call the office and ask them point blank whether or not your own insurance is sufficient...becausee i know not all insurances are created equal, and not all are treated equally by Boachie's office...other doctor's offices as well...

best of luck
jess

JamieAnn
03-09-2011, 12:25 PM
Here's my 2 cents on minimally invasive, as well as Dr. Errico/NYU doctors.

I had surgery 5 months ago with Errico and I would personally recommend him over Lonner. I think they are both talented/experienced/amazing but Errico's additional years experience and the fact that he's the chief of spine surgery at NYU would have me lean towards him over Lonner.

As far as a 2nd opinion, yes - go for it. It's not that far and it's worth it. I would go with the best of the best and don't look back (no pun intended).

As for minimally invasive or not - go with what the best possible surgeon recommends. If he recommends the "normal" way, then so be it. I just feel like why are we trying to convince doctors to do this surgery another method - just go with what they think is best for YOU. It's worth asking the question regardless so you feel you have your bases covered.

-Jamie

jeneemohler
03-09-2011, 01:10 PM
Lisa, YES get other opinions. Everyone has to do their own research and in the end go with their gut. Just be informed. The key is lots of research, talking to doctors and finding the one you feel most comfortable with and TRUST. That is half the battle, and helps with anxiety of the surgery. I wish you the best of luck!!!

I agree totally with Jamie. I am going to stick my neck out here-remember that this is just MY opinion. I mean absolutely no disrespect for minimally invasive surgery; there is definitely a place for it. But we are having surgery for medical reasons, not cosmetic. And muscles do heal.
Usually by the time we finally relent and agree to surgery, we are in so much pain that a scar is the last thing we worry about. My goal was for long term correction and pain relief. Period. I could care less about a scar. (And this is not because I'm frumpy, or I am going to hide it. I wear bikinis and sundresses, and I am in very good physical shape.) But a scar does not define me or make me feel unattractive in any way. If anything, it enhances my "beauty" with a nice straight back. It will also give me an opportunity to discuss the wonders of modern medicine with people who may have or know someone else with scoliosis.
If I was having a small fusion, I may have considered it, but for complex surgeries-I would want everything in full view if I were the doc. Over and over I hear patients say that the doc found more than they thought while they were in there. I wonder if they would see everything, or if they could possibly miss something, if the surgery is done with the minimally invasive technique... Just my mind wondering, but that is not a risk I would want to take. The goal is just ONE surgery, not a revision later.
Just remember why we have the surgery. And be open minded. The beauty of it is that we are all in control of our own destiny and can choose what is best for US, not someone else. Thank goodness for choices, no matter what we choose!!

golfnut
03-09-2011, 03:04 PM
Jenee,
You expressed my opinion about minimally invasive spine surgery so well that I won't add to it. I can't imagine how Dr. Lenke could have removed arthritis, derotated my spine, inserted cages, osteotomies, screws and rods without having full acess to my spine. He is the president of the Scoliosis Reasearch Society so I wasn!t about to question his method since he is always researching better methods and instrumentation.

jrnyc
03-09-2011, 03:09 PM
oh my gosh...
i cannot believe it

minimally invasive is NOT for cosmetic reasons..it is to spare some trauma to the body...especially to muscles!!! it has nothing to do with wanting a small scar...and anyone familiar with the surgery would have known that! opinions given out of zero knowledge don't seem worth much to me!!!
at least know what it is you are rejecting!
i would not want to go to any surgeon who didn't at least know about the newest methods...including minimally invasive...and who qualifies for what..and WHY!
it is very likely the future of many kinds of surgeries!
anyone who had arthroscopic knee surgery vs the years they cut knees open and caused a lot more pain would understand the whole idea.

i have no vested interest...doesn't matter to me if folks would rather be cut more than necessary! i own no stock in medical companies...
i think it a disservice to not let folks know about what is out there...
AND...i wouldn't trust any surgeon not interested in the newest most innovative method....that is why i flew 3000 miles each way to investigate it!! and my spine caused me lots of pain for taking the trip!

i would match Lonner to any scoli surgeon anywhere...younger surgeons...with over 15 years experience...might be preferred to those older...by some people
but to each their own....

jess

JamieAnn
03-09-2011, 04:19 PM
i have no vested interest...doesn't matter to me if folks would rather be cut more than necessary! i own no stock in medical companies...
i think it a disservice to not let folks know about what is out there...
AND...i wouldn't trust any surgeon not interested in the newest most innovative method....that is why i flew 3000 miles each way to investigate it!! and my spine caused me lots of pain for taking the trip!

i would match Lonner to any scoli surgeon anywhere...younger surgeons...with over 15 years experience...might be preferred to those older...by some people
but to each their own....

jess[/COLOR][/QUOTE]

For the record, I am not discounting Dr. Lonner - I was just saying if I were to choose I'd go for his "boss" :). I had a great experience with Errico.

As for the minimally invasive technique, I agree that it's NOT about cosmetics or the scar, it's not "cutting into you" more than necessary - BUT hasn't it been proven that that's what IS necessary to correct scoliosis? And isn't it ok to just accept that's how it needs to be done? I think it's smart to challenge the practice of this surgery but lets not get crazy - if the specialists are saying this is what needs to be done, how much longer should people wait until minimally invasive has proven itself? When you're ready, you're ready.

loves to skate
03-09-2011, 05:03 PM
Until someone on this Forum has Minimally Invasive Surgery and I'm talking about us older women with arthritic spurs, DDD, ruptured discs, spondylithesis, etc, and comes back on to say it is successful, then I personally wouldn't give it too much credence. I certainly wouldn't want to be a guinea pig. I believe in the tried and true methods. Just my opinion.
Sally

jeneemohler
03-09-2011, 05:07 PM
oh my gosh...
i cannot believe it

opinions given out of zero knowledge don't seem worth much to me!!!
jess

Jess, I totally agree with you about people needing to know ALL their options. They must do their research, talk to different doctors, and make a choice based on what is right for their individual case. I have lived with this for almost 40 years, and have done just a little bit of my own research. I'm am not ignorant, nor do I have "opinions based on zero knowledge".

I obviously think Lonner is a wonderful doctor, one of the very best. He has helped so many people here on the forum. But MI is NOT for everyone. His own site says he uses it to treat THORACIC scoliosis. For other types, and I quote from his site directly,

"a combined approach with VATS and more traditional techniques may be required."

He also states-

" it has always been my top priority to provide the best care for my patients, not simply to use the latest technology. Even the "traditional" procedures have evolved over the last several years allowing us to achieve more correction of curvature and quicker return to full activites (often by 3-4 months). For this reason, I continue to perform more traditional surgical procedures because often they are the best option for successful treatment. If you or your child have thoracic scoliosis, we can discuss your specific case and find a treatment plan that is best for you."


Even the best MI guy around still uses an "open" technique. I'm just saying that one needs to get all the facts for themselves. And from the mouth of the doctor, after an exam. Don't assume. I don't think it is fair to allude that EVERY case can be done in a certain way, and have someone expect a miracle. A T3-sacrum fusion and pelvic fixation can't ALWAYS be fixed minimally...

Minimally Invasive surgery may be still in it's infancy, but I DO fully expect to see more and more of it done in the future. It would have been nice to be advanced another 20-30 years for those of us needing it now...who knows WHAT they will be doing by then!!!

jrnyc
03-09-2011, 05:22 PM
never said it was for everyone!
i suggested folks read about it to know WHAT they are rejecting!
anyone who can say it is for cosmetic reasons hasn't read diddly squat...obviously!

SOMEONE on the forum has had the procedure...Anne (Admoul) has had the surgery with Dr Lonner...so have others whose names i don't know...as well as hundreds of Dr Anand's patients...the ones i spoke to on the phone were in their 60's and 70's...it is NOT a surgery that is limited to the young!
and it is NOT for "guinea pigs"...that is a lack of knowledge speaking!
it is most definitely in use in older patients' complicated cases with bad discs, hypokyphosis, spurs, etc...


i do not worship Dr Lenke

and i know exactly what Dr Lonner does with LUMBAR minimally invasive....his site is not fully updated on the subject...
my last visit with him confirmed that...when he agreed that he would do the procedure for me...with my degenerative discs, listhesis, hypokyphosis, spinal stenosis, spinal arthritis, etc etc
i am NOT referring to thoracic minimally invasive, which has been around for years...i am referring to LUMBAR

before one rejects a NEW approach, one should research it first...those who knock it haven't done so...or they would never suggest it is done to prevent large scars!!

i would never opt for any other kind of surgery...if/when i go thru with scoli surgery!
if i had opted for full ankle surgery in 1990, rather than arthroscopic, i wouldn't be walking at all now!
i trusted innovations then the way i trust them now...

i am not saying i agree with Dr Anand..he feels it is the ONLY scoli surgery that should be practiced any more...
i am saying learn what it is before you knock it...and learn what it does!

jess

golfnut
03-09-2011, 05:35 PM
Jess,
I am just curious as to why you are waiting to have surgery since it seems from several of your posts that you are in constant pain and it has affected your quality of life.
Karen

jrnyc
03-09-2011, 05:57 PM
dear Karen
i have mobility concerns..though i know many kind folks with fusion to the sacrum or pelvis on forum have assured me not to worry...
i now have very bad knees as well....
and i have a few personal family reasons...
also, the names of the.... not good result folks...are stuck in my head...

but i flew 6000 miles round trip to see up close what the new lumbar procedure is about...besides reading Anand's website and watching videos of the procedure several times..and talking to some of his patients...and writing to Anne on forum..and speaking to 2 other patients of Dr Lonner who had it...and discussing it with Dr Lonner...
i never would pay to fly all those miles, airfare, hotel, etc, for a surgeon i didn't think had something to say...or put myself thru the pain of flying....even though i love LA!!
i think Anand is a good surgeon...though i don't agree that MI is the ONLY scoli surgery that should be done anymore (that is how universally applicable he says it is!)
(he is now, ummmm...quite condescending about the "old" method of scoli surgery)
i do believe MI is the future...the way arthroscopic has become for knees, ankles, etc...the way using cow & pig parts for heart surgery is...just another important innovation in the forward march of medicine...

best regards...
jess

debbei
03-09-2011, 07:41 PM
I don't think it's crazy. I know people from this forum who have traveled quite far to NY for this. For myself, I wanted to see the best. I saw one local guy here in NJ (and promptly eliminated him), then saw Dr. Boachie and Dr. Neuwirth in NY. I went with Dr. Neuwirth. Philly isn't really that far from NY.

kennedy
03-10-2011, 11:51 AM
i don't think that crazy to tavel for a an opinion.

mariaf
03-31-2011, 09:42 AM
i am completely shocked!


Ditto! I have talked to a lot of people (mostly parents who were considering Dr. Boachie as a surgeon for their teen, etc.) and I have never heard anyone say they paid nothing - or that they were told they would pay nothing.

Quite to the contrary, last I heard he was not taking insurance and at the very least, after any reimbursement, the patient could expect to pay a considerable amount out of pocket.

If he has made a complete turnaround on this issue, that is wonderful, but I am very surprised to hear this.

mariaf
03-31-2011, 09:46 AM
It's funny - whenever I see Dr. Betz for David's checkups, I seem to end up picking his brain about something or other. Last time we discussed tethering (a new procedure to replace VBS for larger curves) and I also happened to ask him what would happen when David 'aged out' of Shriners. My thoughts were that if he needed to be followed later in life for any reason he would need an adult scoliosis doctor. So I said to Dr. Betz 'well I guess you would recommend someone who would also be familiar with VBS since that is part of David's history - so ideally someone who treats both children and adults, is located in NY and is an excellent doctor' - so he smiled and said "yes, like Dr. Lonner".

P.S. We do the reverse in terms of travel - NY to Philly - and I don't find it to be bad at all - totally worth it to be with a doctor you trust completely IMHO.

mariaf
03-31-2011, 10:04 AM
This discussion about MI surgery reminds me of similar discussions regarding VBS.

There will always be folks who do not embrace new technology right away and that's fine for them.

There are others who, after doing tons of research, interviewing doctors, learning about results of other patients so far, then decide that a particular procedure is best for them based on other alternatives available to them and their particular situation.

MI is not for everyone just the way VBS isn't for everyone - but for a select group of patients these procedures may turn out to be the best choice - only a patient and their doctor can decide.

BTW, I too was surprised that anyone would think a patient would choose MI for cosmetic reasons (i.e., scarring) - especially patients who have dealt with scoliosis a long time - scoliosis is a serious condition and I doubt most people are worried about how they will look in a bikini. Even when I had my C-sections the last thing I was worried about was scarring. Maybe I'm just not particularly vain, IDK, but I tend to think most people - when faced with serious medical decisions - have other things on their mind. Just my opinion.

jrnyc
03-31-2011, 02:52 PM
when i read that someone thinks that having minimally invasive is for cosmetic reasons, i know that person has no idea what is involved in any scoliosis surgery....
going thru all the pain and trauma and risks of surgery for cosmetic reasons, in the case of what is needed for spinal surgery, makes no sense!
i knew someone who had full, open surgery on a bad knee years ago...he was in agony!! now, with arthroscopic knee surgery, people can avoid much of that pain...it is the same kind of idea with MI for scoli...avoid trauma to muscles and other tissue as much as is possible!
i usually avoid responding to talk of cosmetic reasons, but just don't like to see misinformation on MI for scoli perpetuated!

jess

CindiBarna
07-06-2011, 01:45 AM
I am new to this forum. I just read your thread and it makes so much sense. I have been dodging this big big surgery for over 15 years, living in pain, taking heavy meds. I have decided to give up and go for it!! I booked surgery a few weeks ago with Boachie at HSS in NY on August 17th. I am a nervous wreck, but this is what I need to do. Im 53 and need my life back! I spent so much time seeing every top dr, looking for the mini invasive surgery, and here i am, needing the very invasive one, for at least 9 hours, and then some. I am going to be getting 3 Osteotomies, fusions, removal of old hardware, new cages, rods, screws.
I am letting go and putting my life in Dr. Boachie's hands.
I always feel better when I read about other's and what they too went through.
Take care
Cindi B




Lisa, YES get other opinions. Everyone has to do their own research and in the end go with their gut. Just be informed. The key is lots of research, talking to doctors and finding the one you feel most comfortable with and TRUST. That is half the battle, and helps with anxiety of the surgery. I wish you the best of luck!!!

I agree totally with Jamie. I am going to stick my neck out here-remember that this is just MY opinion. I mean absolutely no disrespect for minimally invasive surgery; there is definitely a place for it. But we are having surgery for medical reasons, not cosmetic. And muscles do heal.
Usually by the time we finally relent and agree to surgery, we are in so much pain that a scar is the last thing we worry about. My goal was for long term correction and pain relief. Period. I could care less about a scar. (And this is not because I'm frumpy, or I am going to hide it. I wear bikinis and sundresses, and I am in very good physical shape.) But a scar does not define me or make me feel unattractive in any way. If anything, it enhances my "beauty" with a nice straight back. It will also give me an opportunity to discuss the wonders of modern medicine with people who may have or know someone else with scoliosis.
If I was having a small fusion, I may have considered it, but for complex surgeries-I would want everything in full view if I were the doc. Over and over I hear patients say that the doc found more than they thought while they were in there. I wonder if they would see everything, or if they could possibly miss something, if the surgery is done with the minimally invasive technique... Just my mind wondering, but that is not a risk I would want to take. The goal is just ONE surgery, not a revision later.
Just remember why we have the surgery. And be open minded. The beauty of it is that we are all in control of our own destiny and can choose what is best for US, not someone else. Thank goodness for choices, no matter what we choose!!

golfnut
07-06-2011, 07:21 AM
Cindi,
Congratulations on making your decision. I doubt that there is anyone who made this decision without stressing and second guessing. I am 60 and felt that I shouldn't wait much longer for the surgery even with very little pain. Fortunately, I have had a smooth recovery and no regrets what so ever. Yesterday was my 6 month anniversary! I would be happy to talk to you any time by phone or email. Pottoff@htc.net
By the way, I looked into minimally invasive surgery as well. I can't imagine six osteotomies, 2 cages, and 14 vertebrae fused with that method and I didn't want to wait years for it to be perfected.

Lorz
07-06-2011, 10:56 AM
Hi Cindi,
I just had my surgery done 4 weeks ago, by Dr Boachie, so if you have any questions, or I can help in any way, please let me know. I am not very far along in the recovery process, obviously, but I can answer questions about the hospital, etc. Best of Luck to you. Dr. B. is one of the best!

asccbodypro
07-06-2011, 12:11 PM
I am new to this forum. I just read your thread and it makes so much sense. I have been dodging this big big surgery for over 15 years, living in pain, taking heavy meds. I have decided to give up and go for it!! I booked surgery a few weeks ago with Boachie at HSS in NY on August 17th. I am a nervous wreck, but this is what I need to do. Im 53 and need my life back! I spent so much time seeing every top dr, looking for the mini invasive surgery, and here i am, needing the very invasive one, for at least 9 hours, and then some. I am going to be getting 3 Osteotomies, fusions, removal of old hardware, new cages, rods, screws.
I am letting go and putting my life in Dr. Boachie's hands.
I always feel better when I read about other's and what they too went through.
Take care
Cindi B

Cindi,

Having Scoliosis Surgery is no easy decision that's for certain but I believe in the end you will be happy you did it. While I have new issues to deal with I do not ever regret my decision to have surgery. I was at a point where I really didn't have a choice anymore. As for minimally invasive surgery.....if it had been an option I would have certainly choose that rather than being opened nearly top to bottom. From what I hear Dr. Boachie is one of the best, if not the best, and you'll be in good hands! Remember to take one day at a time and do not expect too much of yourself post surgery as everyone heals differently. Good luck!