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endoscopic procedure

Started by 100006610112648... on 11/08/2014 11:36pm

I am leaning toward this procedure, mainly for two reasons. First, I have had surgery on l4/l5 twice, the second time, the doctor(in Houston) also repaired l5/s1. This was in the late 1980's. Second, I also had a very bad neck popping habit that had taken it's toll; I told me of a new procedure, where he would insert a catheter from the base of my spine, and travel all the way to my neck area, and with an early version of this procedure, with a small fiber optic camera( I was actually able to see part of the procedure on a monitor, while he was working on me. Back then, no laser was used, instead a saline solution jet was used to melt away the scar tissue, and relieve the pinched nerves, and then a second jet with cortisone was spayed to the treated area. I was in the hospital for 3 1/2 days, because they could only address one joint per day. The procedure was an absolute success, and I have not had to pop my neck in 25 years, a the nerve pain to my neck, arms, and head aches have not come back. My only concern is, that North American Spine either doesn't accept , or is not sanctioned by medicare. I'm trying to see if the VA would pay for this procedure, since I am currently on 60 % disability, and receiving nerve blocking injections every three months. If not, I will probably opt for some kind of financing.

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