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plainjane
08-22-2016, 10:06 AM
After going to a SUPPOSED SPINE SPECIALIST. Lets just say from the Orthopedic Surgeon {70+} years of age told me that my procedure was a failure and fixing the Pain of it all would just start complications. But if were 35 years ago they might of been able to repair the damage.....With all the new medical technology out there I was hoping, In God's hands now.

Pooka1
08-22-2016, 10:18 AM
Please get a second opinion! Please pick a surgeon who has extensive revision experience. Maybe Linda knows the people with the most experience.

Don't give up.

jackieg412
08-22-2016, 01:16 PM
Dear Jane,
Please go to another in maybe a large university setting. Or a teaching hospital where there are many minds focusing on complicated problems. I'm not sure where you live but Linda may have an idea of someone near you.

mabeckoff
08-22-2016, 04:54 PM
Please find another surgeon. There is help for you/

jackieg412
08-22-2016, 05:40 PM
Yes Melissa is right and she has first hand knowledge. Don't give up . Someone can help.

Chihuahua Mama
08-22-2016, 07:51 PM
Please don't believe this man. I had my primary and a spine surgeon tell me I was too old for surgery (I was 53). Please do your homework, use the internet for reviews, use this site for reviews, look for a large hospital; and most of all, you are INTERVIEWING the person you're trusting your body to. You have to hire him/her. It's a job interview. If they don't impress you, show you X-rays of successful patients with similar problems as yours, don't bother. Also, ask other spine surgeons - you'd be surprised how the humble orthopedic spine community of specialists will help. If they think they are Ortho-Gods, forget them. Ask if they have colleagues they work with. It takes time but it's so worth it.

Just a FYI, the "large teaching hospital" here had a TERRIBLE revision surgeon. They were tops in other types of ortho surgeries, but not the spine surgery I needed. It's a lot of work, but you're worth it - don't give up!

mabeckoff
08-23-2016, 01:55 PM
My surgeon has done surgery on patients in their 80's

LindaRacine
08-23-2016, 04:54 PM
After going to a SUPPOSED SPINE SPECIALIST. Lets just say from the Orthopedic Surgeon {70+} years of age told me that my procedure was a failure and fixing the Pain of it all would just start complications. But if were 35 years ago they might of been able to repair the damage.....With all the new medical technology out there I was hoping, In God's hands now.

The surgeon you saw may be partially right in that your pain might not be fixable. With that said, the surgeons at UCSF routinely do surgery (both primary and revision) on patients as old as in their 90s. Where are you located?

--Linda

susancook
08-24-2016, 03:30 AM
Hey there Plain Jane: Unsure who told you the info about your back and like Linda said, maybe whatever is going on in your back is not fixable, but there are lots of great ortho spine surgeons who work on us older folks. I just had a revision in Jan2016 by Dr. Robert Hart and I will be 70 this year. My friend, Jim is 74 and just had a revision by him also. UCSF has surgeons who specialize in older folks.

Talk with Linda or send me a PM .

Susan

jackieg412
08-24-2016, 07:39 AM
Good advice from Susan and also good to hear from you.