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Pains in the Neck
Dec 23, 2011

DISABLED after accura scope treatment

Hi! I'm in Hawaii, where health care kinda sucks. Specialists don't choose our state, because they can usually make more than double in any other state in the Union USA. Therefore, due to much Neck Pain, now going on 4 years, I did research for some kind of pain relief. I just want my life back! Then I found NORTH AMERICAN SPINE INST. in Texas. Sent them my MRI images. They came back with the comment "I'm a surgical candidate" and my insurance won't cover. Hence, I['ll have to mortgage the house to get my surgery. Are they any good? Has anyone had the ACURASCOPE PROCEDURE done in their CERVICAL region? Any good, positive results? Awaiting your response. Thank you.

Pains in the Neck
Dec 23, 2011

DISABLED after accura scope treatment

I'm ready to have surgery on my NECK. After discovering NORTH AMERICAN SPINE INSTITUTE in Texas ( Cedar Forrest ) I sent in my MRI images and interpretations. Their agent called me to say "I am a surgical candidate." Does anyone out there know about their success rate? They are claiming in the high 90's% success. Is this true? Does anyone know where to look up any law-suuits filed against this firm? I need to know . . . before I mortgage the house. Mahalo (thank you)

spineguy
Jan 4, 2012

DISABLED after accura scope treatment

You can't have the accurascope procedure in the cervical spine. The scope device cannot reach beyond the lumbar spine. If they are offering a minimally invasive procedure in the cervical spine it is probably a laser discectomy which is not covered by many insureance companies. The procedure inserts a needle into the center of the disc and injects some dye to check for increased arm pain and/or leaking of the dye. If positive they use a laser to remove part of the nucleus and "seal" the herniation. It is not considered a very reliable procedure by many suregeons. I asked several doctors here in Indiana if it was an option and they refused to do it. The cited that it is not reliable in all but the most minimal of cases. Most would recommend (depending on your MRI) starting with a Posterior Foraminotomy which enters the neck from the rear, removes a small portion of the lamina ( the bone part of the vertebra that covers the nerve passage) to access the foramen (the opening that the nerves leave the spinal canal through). They then use a bone scalpel and/or high speed burr to open up the foramen to allow more space for the nerve. If the disc is too unstable or the herniation too large then they may recommend going with a ACDF (Anterior Cervial Discectomy and Fusion). THis enters through the front of the neck, removes the disc, places a spacer and bone fragments in place of the disc, and usually uses a plate and screws to hold the two vertebrae together until the bone fuses. Its a very reliable procedure and is highly successful. It does have some risk of added pressure on the other discs of the cervical spine, but they are like 2.9% chance per year of another herniation at a different level. Both procedures are common and should be covered by most insurances. If not, and you are going to have to spend your own money you may want to look into going to germany for a disc replacement. The M6 cervial disc is not approved in the US but has had incredible results in Europe with some 18, 000 discs placed already. It is superior to any FDA approved disc in the US, but will cost you about $30K with all travel and hgospital/hotel stays included.
Hope this helps

dr.jason
Jan 6, 2012

DISABLED after accura scope treatment

Please note that the company that preforms surgery is North American Spine, not North American Spine Institute which is a chiropractic and teaching company. The North American Spine Institute was founded several years before doctors from the North American Spine copied there name.

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