She had a very good visit with the neurosurgeon today. Excellent facility, from the reception desk, the doctor, the nurses, and even the business manager. Very well ran and efficient office, was impressed.
Based on the severity of bone damage shown on the MRI, the doctor ruled out less invasive methods such as spinal injections, etc. He said he could buy her a few weeks of less pain, but she was too damaged to heal naturally.
He spent a lot of time examining her and doing range of motion tests. Like her PCP, he was deeply concerned about how she has no reflex motion in her left leg at all. He felt there was already serious nerve damage going on their, and this extends down the entire length of her leg and her left groin area.
He will be doing a one hour day surgery next Tuesday. Already been setup and approved. With good luck, she should be healed pretty well in 4 to 6 weeks post surgery. I was amazed that it wouldn't have taken a major surgery with several days of hopsital stay.
He did not hesitate to up her pain meds on the spot without question, he fully realized she was in a lot of pain and wasn't being medicated properly.
Now that we have a plan in place, she is much happier, though still in the same amount of pain, but at least there is light at the end of the tunnel.
As far as me, I meet my oncologist in mid-December, at that time, and based on my wife's surgery and on-going recovery, I will make arrangements to meet and consult with the Urological expert in Charleston. I should be able to see him perhaps as early as the first part of January. By then, she should be on the mend, and we will have the holidays behind us.
All in all, a very impressive and caring doctor, with great bed side manner to boot. You could tell he knew his stuff, and he has very impressive credentials and has written over 45 peer to peer professional papers.
So that's the plan, just got to get her through another week till surgery
david in sc