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    I think attitude affects alot. Keep up the good attitude and positive thinking!
    My dad has a bad back, he wears a magnetic brace sometimes when it gets really bad. But yours sounds ALOT worse. My dad can still climb trees, etc (He is a tree-lopper)
    Goodluck and I hope it all turns out well!
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    Pug have you thought about one of those Magnetic underlays that are advertised on TV? They really are brilliant, not cheap but worth every cent.

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    Yep I have tried everything even the memory foam things are useless (Not that I have one, but I have slept on one before).

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    Best of luck, hope everything goes well.

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    Best of luck for the surgery
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    A very sneaky way to do extra research on your chosen surgeon is to hang out at or near his consulting rooms and ask people going in or leaving if they've had surgery and what they think and who their doc is.

    I met a guy coming out of my doc's consulting rooms that he shares with about 20 other orthopaedic surgeons - and this guy told me that his knee had become horribly infected. And he told me the doctor's name. Not anyone I knew or would consider seeing. Phew. A patient can contribute to their infection but sometimes it is the surgeon. I was warned off one because he had a high infection rate - and it took a lot of prodding to find out why my family didn't want me going near him for an op.

    I could ask one of these surgeons who they think the best back surgeon is in Sydney. But hopefully your GP would know. A key question to ask - is "would you send your children to him?".

    If the main issue is pain - it would possibly be a good idea to get a consult with a nerve specialist (neurosurgeon) to find out if the orthopaedic approach will help. Orthopods are notoriously crap at fixing "pain". My knee hurts/aches - not debilitating - merely annoying. Surgery fixed the wobble/looseness but not the pain. And I don't think furthur surgery would help the pain either. And that's the tricky thing with backs. An orthopod can straighten things up but it might do nothing for the pain. Hence it be a good idea to check with a neurosurgeon too.

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    I believe it is the hospital itself that contributes to infection, not the surgeon. I know that the nurses at wagga base will not have surgery there, golden staff and others and will only go to the private one. With any surgeries there are risks and to not choose a surgeon because of one person's experieince is not the way to go.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Good luck Puggerup.

    Hope it all goes well for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    A very sneaky way to do extra research on your chosen surgeon is to hang out at or near his consulting rooms and ask people going in or leaving if they've had surgery and what they think and who their doc is.

    I met a guy coming out of my doc's consulting rooms that he shares with about 20 other orthopaedic surgeons - and this guy told me that his knee had become horribly infected. And he told me the doctor's name. Not anyone I knew or would consider seeing. Phew. A patient can contribute to their infection but sometimes it is the surgeon. I was warned off one because he had a high infection rate - and it took a lot of prodding to find out why my family didn't want me going near him for an op.

    I could ask one of these surgeons who they think the best back surgeon is in Sydney. But hopefully your GP would know. A key question to ask - is "would you send your children to him?".

    If the main issue is pain - it would possibly be a good idea to get a consult with a nerve specialist (neurosurgeon) to find out if the orthopaedic approach will help. Orthopods are notoriously crap at fixing "pain". My knee hurts/aches - not debilitating - merely annoying. Surgery fixed the wobble/looseness but not the pain. And I don't think furthur surgery would help the pain either. And that's the tricky thing with backs. An orthopod can straighten things up but it might do nothing for the pain. Hence it be a good idea to check with a neurosurgeon too.
    You may remember I gave you the name of an excellent neuro in Melbourne Pugger and your comment was that you didn't think a neuro would perform the operation, which by now you must realise is incorrect.

    I knew EVERYTHING a lay person could possibly know about the major surgery I was to have, the surgeon, the likely outcome, the expected recovery time & the pain maintanence options before I went into such an enormous ordeal......and I had been on Morphene for 6 months at that point, so to say I was not completely in the land of the living is an understatement. But I DID ensure I knew EXACTLY what I was embarking on. Afterall, YOU have to project manage everything in life yourself, whether it be legal, medical, financial etc.

    This is an enormous step you are taking with a long recovery period and even then you could well find you are never "right", just different.

    Again I say that I do not regret the spinal surgery I have had, however, I doubt if I would put myself through it ever again, no matter how debilitating the situation became. Please don't think it will be a walk in the park!

    I can truly understand why so many people become addicted to long term pain meds (morphene etc) after such surgeries as the drive, effort and commitment involved in getting back to a point where you can see a light at the end of a very painful tunnel through sad and depressed eyes is enormous.

    By no means am I trying to talk you out of your surgery, what I am saying is this is probably going to be one of the BIGGEST deals of your life, make sure you go into it with your eyes WIDE open and a crystal clear understanding for your own sake.

    Oh, and I notice you joke about not doing housework for six months. This may sound strange but I would LOVE to pick up a broom or a mop occassionaly instead of waiting for someone else! However, the repetitive movement required here will never allow me to to this again.

    Please don't be too quick to consider this surgery will be a miracle cure.
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    I think I will just make an appointment to this neuro you suggested asap

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