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    Neurosurgeon vs orthopedic surgeon

    I have been trying to find a different doc here for a second opinion. I have had 2 neurosurgeons specializing in spines come highly recommended. Can neurosurgeons do what I need, which is extending my fusion from T-3 up into my cervical spine? I guess I always thought only ortho docs did the instrumentation stuff. Any info or opinions on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    i think you may find some doctors who bill themselves as both...
    for me...i'm consulting with orthopedic surgeon guys (so far, all have been men)...& consulting & consulting...am in no hurry...for now..but i am getting closer to making a decision...

    jess

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    Hi...

    Neurosurgeons deal with a lot more than the spine usually, and aren't heavily trained in terms of long spine fusions. So, if you're going to select one, I'd make sure they did a spine fellowship. You can usually find a surgeon's CV or bio online by doing a Google search.

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    Linda

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    Revision?

    If it is revision surgery, I don't believe I would trust a neurosurgeon without this specific kind of experience.
    1966 fusion in Buffalo of 11 thoracic vertebrae, with Harrington rod

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    I went to a neurosurgeon for my revision and he was only of limited help. I ended up going to an ortho for problems that developed post-op. The neuro wasn't sure what to do other than remove part of my fusion and misdiagnosed protruding discs as a compression fracture. He told me it happened when I fell. I told him I hadn't fallen, so how could it happen. He wanted to operate to fix the vertabrae and that's when I went to an ortho for a second opinion. He looked at all my CT scans, xrays and MRI and showed me the discs bulging.
    T12- L5 fusion 1975 - Rochester, NY
    2002 removal of bottom of rod and extra fusion
    3/1/11 C5-C6 disc replacement
    Daughter - T7 - L3 fusion 2004

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    Quote Originally Posted by badback4me View Post
    I have been trying to find a different doc here for a second opinion. I have had 2 neurosurgeons specializing in spines come highly recommended. Can neurosurgeons do what I need, which is extending my fusion from T-3 up into my cervical spine? I guess I always thought only ortho docs did the instrumentation stuff. Any info or opinions on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
    Go with an Orthopedic Surgeon who is SRS. I went to a Neurosurgeon first and he said he wouldn't operate on me unless I was in a wheelchair. The Ortho Surgeon I finally went to told me that the Neurosurgeon I saw doesn't even do scoliosis surgery. I wonder why the Neurosurgeon didn't tell me that? I think he was an arrogant SOB!
    Diagnosed with severe lumbar scoliosis at age 65.
    Posterior Fusion L2-S1 on 12/4/2007. age 67
    Anterior Fusion L3-L4,L4-L5,L5-S1 on 12/19/2007
    Additional bone removed to decompress right side of L3-L4 & L4-L5 on 4/19/2010
    New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA
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