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  1. First, I guess it's entirely possible that not...

    First, I guess it's entirely possible that not everyone progresses without implants. Second, it's very difficult to get an accurate curve measurement on someone with an old fusion. All they can do...
  2. No, the thought is that there are a large number...

    No, the thought is that there are a large number of microscopic breakdowns. The progression will be anything but fast (unless there are areas of non-union), but it will be steady.
  3. The movement occurs very slowly, but it does...

    The movement occurs very slowly, but it does move. I believe this was first discussed 50+ years ago, when they found that patients who were fused without implants (that's how they did it before...
  4. By the way, if it is broken, it's placement...

    By the way, if it is broken, it's placement doesn't surprise me. It's hard to tell without a lateral, but I think the area of concern is right over the SI joint, which is very typical.

    And,...
  5. Did Dr. Hart confirm that the screw is broken? ...

    Did Dr. Hart confirm that the screw is broken? Note that the other screw (on the left) looks somewhat the same. I was wondering if it's something like this:
    ...
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    I'm not an engineer, so it's impossible for me to...

    I'm not an engineer, so it's impossible for me to know the answer, but I suspect they'll find that these implants break when used in deformity patients.

    I'm not clear what you mean by "in those...
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    Implants can be removed many years after surgery,...

    Implants can be removed many years after surgery, as long as there's not a lot of bony overgrowth. If the implants are really buried, I think it's generally not advisable to remove any implants that...
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    For the record, Steve Garfin is at UCSD, not...

    For the record, Steve Garfin is at UCSD, not UCSF. :-)
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    Fierc... Drop it now, or we'll go back to...

    Fierc...

    Drop it now, or we'll go back to deleting posts and closing threads. This argument has occurred far too many times and we're all bored with it.

    --Linda
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    Would you want everyone who reads the NY Times to...

    Would you want everyone who reads the NY Times to know about any of Dr. Betz' lawsuits, even the ones in which he didn't prevail? It's one thing for a surgeon's co-workers to know about the problem...
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    Agreed that we have no idea if any error was...

    Agreed that we have no idea if any error was made.

    Even if an error was made, I have a problem with people going public with this sort of thing. Can you imagine if something similar happened to...
  12. Check Out Your Surgeon and Hospital by Type of Procedure

    While the data on this site seems really incomplete, it might be helpful if you're looking for a surgeon with low complication rates...

    https://projects.propublica.org/surgeons/
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    I had known that Dr. Boachie was going to retire...

    I had known that Dr. Boachie was going to retire for at least a year before it actually got announced.

    I'm fairly certain that every one of your surgeons has been sued, probably multiple times. ...
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    I think so, but if this is a new technology, even...

    I think so, but if this is a new technology, even if it's just a slight change, insurance companies can say there isn't enough proof that it works.
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    If there's not enough evidence that a procedure...

    If there's not enough evidence that a procedure is effective, insurance companies can easily deny coverage. And, it's the insurance companies that set the bar. If there's adequate literature, your...
  16. I'd have to see an xray to even try to understand...

    I'd have to see an xray to even try to understand what they mean.
  17. Hi Susan... If your lumbar fusion is solid...

    Hi Susan...

    If your lumbar fusion is solid (and it probably is), they probably don't need to do anything about the pelvic screw.
  18. There is no way of knowing if you'll get any...

    There is no way of knowing if you'll get any relief from surgery for back pain. Most people do, but some don't.
  19. Sorry, didn't realize there was a difference.

    Sorry, didn't realize there was a difference.
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    Since you had just seen Dr. Lenke, you would...

    Since you had just seen Dr. Lenke, you would definitely be considered a current patient. I don't know what criteria they used to determine who was current, but I'm almost positive that patients who...
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    Some people lose their flat tummy because of an...

    Some people lose their flat tummy because of an increase in lordosis. Some people who have anterior surgery get ventral wall hernias that cause the tummy to stick out in one spot. Lastly, some...
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    The hospital may also have specific regulations...

    The hospital may also have specific regulations regarding correspondence. Every time correspondence is initiated, there's potential exposure of personal health information. HIPAA regulations are,...
  23. Ed... I used to crack both my neck and my SI...

    Ed... I used to crack both my neck and my SI joints on a daily basis, and it helped a lot with the pain. I have a difficult time cracking my neck now, as I think the muscles don't allow enough...
  24. Susan... You almost certainly had a central line....

    Susan... You almost certainly had a central line. At UC, the line is usually inserted after you're out, and removed before you wake up. They need that line in in case you need to get blood or...
  25. If most of my pain came from sitting, I'd try a...

    If most of my pain came from sitting, I'd try a sit-stand desk:

    http://www.thehumansolution.com/uplift-900-electric-sit-stand-desk-silver.html
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