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north american spine institute

From: elliehunt - on 10/16/2010 12:06pm

i have recently been diagnosed with degenerative back disease and of course been reasearching all options.i have heard horror stories about back surgery so when i saw laser procedures i was excited. the first was laser spine institute, which i found too many fraudulent practices and high number of lawsuits. i went as far as getting my cost for the procedure which was 4k thru blue cross blue shield, very doable. the next that and was impressed was north american spine for mimially invasive surgery. my dr. would be Dr. Kenneth Alo of houston. i find no bad reviews on him. however when i was quoted the cost, i was told $12,500. so i called the ins co. and they told me if they are in contract with bcbs, then it is 80% no more than 4k.
two questions... has anyone been quoted the same cost and fought it ?
has anyone used Dr. Alo? what are your thoughts of him? im still skittish because good reviews are great, but there werent many. i want to hear from someone that actually went to him and how it turned out..... anyone please help. im about to go next week to meet him and i want to be sure i have the right person
ok another question... are there alternatives to these procedures that have actually fixed the problem? i do not want to relieve the pain i want a fix

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on 12/28/2010 9:24am

i cant reply here.

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on 12/14/2010 11:55pm

heres link on previous threat about them

http://www.spineuniverse.com/community/b...

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on 12/26/2010 3:34pm

ellie, did you decide on a procedure? i am also considering NAS.

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on 12/28/2010 9:20am

i cant reply on line anymore.......NAS was not pleased with my experiences

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on 12/28/2011 7:59pm

I was quote by NAS agent that I would have to pay less than 1K for my L4-L5 herinated disc surgery using there accurscope process. I hav BCBS of illinois and I live in Houston and would go to Alo as well. I already met my deductible so I only have to pay less thank $1000. Did u get the surgery? I never asked my insurance to see if thats what I would have to pay.

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on 01/02/2012 7:48pm

Hello Ellie,
I am only a psychologist so please don't take the drcandy as anything than that. I hope you are doing well. I just found this site so I am wondering if you had your procedure with Dr. Alo in Houston? How are you doing? Rick Perry's surgeon is also in Houston and gave him a controversial procedure for his ddd and stenosis. If I can be of help please contact me thru this site. I have a spinal cord stiumulator implanted in my back which has really helped with my DDD, spinal stenosis and spondyliosis, grade 2. drcandy

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on 10/02/2013 6:17pm

I spent $14,500.00 of my own money to have an operation from Dr. Alo in Houston. The procedure was not covered by my insurance. I have degenerative disc disease and had problems with bulging and protruding discs at four levels. It caused pain in my low back especially after strenuous activities. I had conservative treatment prior. The procedure was performed three weeks ago. I am still in pain and find myself unable to sit or stand for any normal period of time. I actually feel I am much worse after having
the surgery. North American Spine says it could still improve over time. I guess we will need to wait a few more weeks to determine the final outcome. Also, I am informed the Acura scope can not fix spinal stenosis and that could be the problem. That needs an open operation.

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