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Thread: Seeking Suggestions for Second Opinions Philadelphia New York

  1. #1
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    Mar 2011

    Seeking Suggestions for Second Opinions Philadelphia New York

    I am getting close to my surgery decision. I saw Dr. Lonner in the spring and wasn't ready. I like him and will probably go with him, but to feel comfortable I'd like to compare his suggestions to a couple other surgeons. I was hoping to see Boachie-Adjei as he gets such high praise, but found out today that he does not take my insurance--Personal Choice Blue Cross Blue Shield of PA. I could pay out of pocket, but sadly am not a millionaire.

    I was thinking of seeing Dr. David Clements. He doesn't get high praise here, but I talked to a woman who had surgery with him and was very happy.

    Dr. Boachie Adjei's office recommends Todd Albert and his partner Vacarro at Rothman Insitute. I have seen a physiatrist at Rothman and feel like it's a factory, but am interested in any feedback.

    I also see that Briarrose had surgery with Dr. Fras. There I hesitate because my family has had bad experiences with Lankenau.

    Of course when I see Lonner, I could see Errico assuming he takes my insurance.

    Any thoughts or recommendations?

    Much appreciated.

  2. #2
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    Jul 2011
    Dr. Lawrence Lenke in St. Louis. I, too, am seeking a second opinion and have an appointment with Dr. Lenke in 4 weeks Because this is such a major surgery, distance is not an issue (we live in Atlanta). Logistically coordinating things may be a bit challenging, but Lenke is so highly recommended, we feel confident in our decision.

    44 years old at time of surgery, Atlanta GA

    Pre-Surgery Thorasic: 70 degrees, Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 68 degrees, lost 4 inches of height in 2011
    Post-Surgery curves ~10 degrees, regained 4 inches of height

    Posterior T3-sacrum & TLIF surgeries on Nov 28, 2011 with Dr. Lenke, St. Louis
    2 rods, 33 screws, 2 cages, 2 connectors, living a new life I never dreamed of!

  3. #3
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    May 2008
    Central NJ
    I used Dr. Neuwirth, also in NY. I am very happy with my results. I did see Dr. Boachie as a 2nd opinion (paid out of pocket), and his recommendation matched Dr. N's.
    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

  4. #4
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    Nov 2003
    Hi Lisa,

    I saw Dr. Albert for a second opinion after Dr. Fras. He was in and out really quick and I didn't feel as comfortable with him as I did with Dr. Fras. My aunt had stenosis surgery with Dr. Albert several years ago. She liked the results of her surgery, but not his bedside manner. I know what you mean about Rothman feeling like a factory. I had a very bad experience there with a pain doctor about 5 years ago. The only reason I went back was for a 2nd opinion- I had no intention of having Dr. Albert do my surgery.

    Dr. Fras is a great doctor and surgeon who seems to love his job and genuinely care about his patients. The second he walked in the door at Penn in 2006, I knew I wanted him to do my surgery. I'm sorry your family has had bad experiences at Lankenau. Mine went pretty well. I think I only had one bad nurse; everyone else was extremely nice and helpful.

    I'd say give both doctors a shot. You can talk to Dr. Fras about your concerns with Lankenau. He may be able to do the surgery somewhere else (I believe he mentioned Penn to me before in case Lankenau was out of network or something). Feel free to send me a private message. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have.

    Chemist, 30

    1998- 18 degrees
    2003- 33 degrees
    2005- 37 degrees
    2006- 44 degrees
    May 2007- 47 degrees
    December 2007 - 50 degrees X-ray

    Surgery May 27, 2008
    Fused T1 to L2
    Curve corrected to 15 degrees X-ray

  5. #5
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    May 2009
    Dr Boachie (paid out of pocket), Neuwirth and Errico all agreed with surgical
    recommendations of Dr did Dr Anand in LA...
    i also liked Dr Lonner the best...though i haven't had surgery...yet...

    does Dr Neuwirth take your insurance....?


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    Mar 2011


    Thanks to all for their suggestions and advice!

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