I am glad that your husband is continuing to do well. I hope that it stays that way for a long time to come. I have no doubt that there are some patients that LSI has helped. Afterall, given the volume of patients that they see, they have to get it right sometimes. I don't mean that the way it sounds, but rather from a statistical point.
There is a forum out there for LSI patients and unfortunately, there are far too many negative outcomes posted there for my own taste.
It may be that because of all of the previous problems that LSI has cleaned up it's problems from before, but as far as I am aware, there are still too many negatives for me.
Money is a huge issue, but a bigger one is the lack of insurance companies that are willing to cover the costs from that particular place. Last time that I checked was probably in late 2007 or early 2008, but when I did, it was still considered "experimental" and unproven at that time. When one of my friends asked them for proof that their procedures weren't considered experimental so that she could provide it to her insurance to try to get coverage, they told her that they had done over 10 thousand procedures and that they considered their procedures non experimental. That was NOT the kind of proof that the insurance company wanted.
Things that a patient should consider when choosing a spine surgeon and that LSI does not have are BOARD certified SPINE Orthopedic or Neurosurgeons. Certification in Orthopedics is NOT the same thing as Board Certified Spine Surgeons.
Their doctors are not affiliated with any of the local hospitals, which means if something goes wrong, you are going to the hospital and going to find yourself with doctors who have no knowledge of you, whatsoever. You won't see anyone from LSI while you are in the hospital. The "Director" of the clinic, is a certified osteopath. He is also NOT board certified in spine surgery.
That scares me.
It is said that one of the reasons that patients have such immediate improvement post op is because they do a rhizotomy on the nerves. Those of us who have had them or had them proposed to us by our PM doctors know that at the best, it is a temporary "fix", eventually the nerves will grow back and most times, they are just as painful as before. Resulting in more of the rhizotomies later to keep the nerves burnt...
That also explains how they "shrink" the herniations. They simply burn the outside of the disc. If the disc is going to reherniate, it will, just in a different area of the disc. Removing the disc if it becomes neccessary, will make it far more difficult later if traditional surgery is chosen .
Anyway, that's just my opinion, and that's all it is. I hope that for your husband, he has nothing but continued ongoing painless healing.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.