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    Unhappy choosing a Surgeon


    Please help I'm new to this site and finding a physician that I am comfortably with has been a challenge. I have seen Dr Serena Hu at the UCSF and she would of been my choice. Although I'm a workmans comp case here in southern California and my employer will not allow her to do the surgery primarily due to cost? I have not seen a surgeon in Southern California as of yet many several scheduled but still so confused. Dr Jack Chen in Orange,Ram Mudiyam in Fountain Valley,Dr Lanman in LosAngeles. If anyone out there has a suggestion or comment do not hesitate. I'm a 47 year old female with a curve 55 degree. I"m aware that I will need a fusion and hardware for the scoliosis

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    Have you tried searching for scoliosis specialists near you using the SRS website? http://www.srs.org/find/

    Also, you could try using sites like vitals.com and ratemds.com to find feedback on various physicians.

    Sorry if you've already tried those and still can't find a scoliosis doctor you like. I live on the East Coast and can't help much in terms of specific doctor recommendations for your area. Good luck though!

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    Thank you, I have viewed the site and there are so many to choose from. I was hoping to hear a few good recomendations regarding a Southern California surgeon. In a few weeks I will be able to at least comment on the particular surgeons I will be interviewing

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    Dr Anand or Dr Pashman at Cedars Sinai?

    jess

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    how did you hear of these surgeons. This is the 2nd time someone has said something about Dr Pashman. Thank you

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    I would recommend Dr.Pashman at Cedars Sinai.He did my surgery and I have had a good outcome.
    Aug.17,09 Anterior
    Aug.20,09 Posterior
    Fused T-10 to Sacral Pelvis
    Cedars-Sinai
    Dr.Pashman

    Sheri 47 years young
    Husband married 30 years
    3 kids 29,28,25
    4 grandkids 10,8,5,3

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    several people on forum have mentioned Dr Pashman...he is at Cedars Sinai in LA, where Dr Anand is...same floor...

    i saw Dr Anand last January 2010...flew from east coast to see him, because he does "minimally invasive surgery" for this (lumbar fusion)...i met with him, but paid cash as he doesnt take my insurance..

    other doctors have started using that approach, including the surgeon in Manhattan, who has followed my curve progression for years now....if i decide to do the surgery, the only way i would consider it is with minimally invasive...i need T11-pelvis!

    jess
    Last edited by jrnyc; 06-20-2010 at 02:14 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheri66 View Post
    I would recommend Dr.Pashman at Cedars Sinai.He did my surgery and I have had a good outcome.
    Thanks for the input. With all the feedback Dr. Pashman will be one on my list to visit. What did you think was the worst part of the surgery?
    Gina
    Last edited by ms gina; 06-19-2010 at 07:18 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrnyc View Post
    several people on forum have mentioned Dr Pashman...he is at Cedars Sinai in LA, where Dr Anand is...same floor...

    i saw Dr Anand last January 2010...flew from east coast to see him, because he does "minimally invasive surgery" for this...i met with him, but paid cash as he doesnt take my insurance..

    other doctors have started using that approach, including the surgeon in Manhattan, who has followed my curve progression for years now....if i decide to do the surgery, the only way i would consider it is with minimally invasive...

    jess
    Yes, I plan on making an appointment with Dr Pashman, Monday. Who is your surgeon in NY? I also need a fusion along with hardware. Great about Dr. Anand, not to sure if mine can be done minimally invasive? But would'nt that be nice. I'm a workmans comp case so I hope that will be good enough for payment.
    Gina

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    hey gina
    according to Dr Anand, all fusions (including...now...lumbar fusions)can now be done minimally invasive approach...and other surgeons are coming along to that brand of thinking...

    my surgeon in NYC is Dr Lonner...i like him the most... i saw 3 other surgeons in Manhattan, but if i do this, Dr Lonner is my guy...he's the best in my book...

    i've never heard of scoli being a workmen's comp case!!

    jess
    Last edited by jrnyc; 06-20-2010 at 02:13 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrnyc View Post
    hey gina
    according to Dr Anand, all fusions can now be done minimally invasive approach...and other surgeons are coming along to that brand of thinking...

    my surgeon in NYC is Dr Lonner...i like him the most... i saw 3 other surgeons in Manhattan, but if i do this, Dr Lonner is my guy...he's the best in my book...

    i've never heard of scoli being a workmen's comp case!!

    jess
    I had a back injury work related in 2003 resulting in surgery. Laminectomy disectomy L4-5 on the left. 8mm Herniated disc. Initially the surgery was a great relief but since then my curve/pain has took a turn for the worst. So thats why its workmans comp they say so. So I will not complain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ms gina View Post

    Please help I'm new to this site and finding a physician that I am comfortably with has been a challenge. I have seen Dr Serena Hu at the UCSF and she would of been my choice. Although I'm a workmans comp case here in southern California and my employer will not allow her to do the surgery primarily due to cost? I have not seen a surgeon in Southern California as of yet many several scheduled but still so confused. Dr Jack Chen in Orange,Ram Mudiyam in Fountain Valley,Dr Lanman in LosAngeles. If anyone out there has a suggestion or comment do not hesitate. I'm a 47 year old female with a curve 55 degree. I"m aware that I will need a fusion and hardware for the scoliosis
    Hi, there,

    I'm on the same boat. I'm in S CA. email me, let's talk. C
    62/75 (T4-T9 68 degree & T11 - L4 80 degree) 10/19/2010
    45/50 year 2000
    36 yrs old
    Considering, researching surgery for the first time
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    surgeon

    I work at nights I will get back to you later today Friday 7/2/10 thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by fashionista View Post
    Hi, there,

    I'm on the same boat. I'm in S CA. email me, let's talk. C
    I work nights I will get back to you later today thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by fashionista View Post
    Hi, there,

    I'm on the same boat. I'm in S CA. email me, let's talk. C
    In have recently seen Dr. Robert Pashman in Los Angeles. He practices out of Cedars in Los Angeles. I felt comfortably with him although my first choice would be Dr Serena Hu, at UCSF she is very well qualified. Although I am still very confused and to tell you the truth very scared about the out come. I just have to have confidence and keep a positive attitude. If you would like to talk please do not hesitate to send me a private message and I will respond. G

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