Advice on finding new neurosurgeon to fix failed back surgery?
Does anyone have any experience in this area?
I've tried contacting a few doctors/spinal centers, sent them my most recent CT scans for review. One place said only that they'd recommend pain management (which I already am doing, have been since the beginning). The other place, a minimally invasive specialist, is very interested but of course doesn't take Medicare or Medicare Advantage plans, so it'd be self pay and/or financed by the practice, paid for by me. I live on SSD, this is not really an option for me.
How did you go about finding a reputable physician willing to work with you, when it's obvious that your last surgery failed? (All the signs show that my previous neurosurgeon failed to remove the offending discs at L4-5 and L5-S1, discs now calcifying in place and causing even more problems then they were before surgery.) My surgery was in September 2013, it's not really a situation where new scar tissue is building up or anything like that...
I'm now reaching out to other spine centers in my area, for advice and consultation, as well as asking my Medicare Advantage plan for some case management/assistance.
Any advice is truly welcomed.