post failed ACDF
Almost 1 year ago, I had a 3 level ACDF for pain and numbness all down my right shoulder, arm and especially hand. The surgery was not successful. My pain is as bad as ever, and is also somewhat present in my left side, although not as bad.
Because I have a pacemaker, I was always told I could not have an MRI, but I have recently had a replacement (after 7 years) and now my cardiologist says I can get one. I am trying to schedule it now.
I do not blame my spine surgeon. My issues were severe and I had evidence that I had pressure on my spinal cord which I hope this did alleviate. My surgeon expressed great shock that my surgery did not alleviate my symptoms at all. He would like to see the MRI to evaluate what could still be causing my pain.
My question is this. I still think I would be well served by getting a new "second opinion" (I had one before and both Drs agreed on the diagnosis and treatment/surgery). I live in greater Tampa (but not Tampa) and I was wondering if I should try to get another spine/neuro-surgeon there (Tampa General is supposed to be very good), or if I should try to find someone at Mayo in Jacksonville. It is only a 4 hour drive. For either scenario, I would like to hear people's suggestions about how to choose another surgeon. I can use the Internet, of course, but I would prefer real first-person suggestions if possible.