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Posted by: concerned spouse | 2010/03/01

Degenerative Osteo Arthritis and Spondiolosis of the spine

Hi, My wife has been diagnosed a few years ago with the above condition (she''s only 30 years of age, this year!). Over the past 3 years we''ve had cortisone facet infiltration treatments and an epidural for the sacroiliac joint. At this stage my wife cannot seem to get rid of the sacroiliac joint pain. 1.5 weeks ago we went for an epidural which did not work or was unsuccessful. Our orthopedic surgeon has advised that they cannot do anymore cortisone injections as she has reached her limit. The surgeon has also informed us that there is no operation that he can perform on her. His suggestion was to continue with Celebrex, Lyrica, etc...And in 3 months time for another epidural to be done. Our concern is that the pain she is experiencing now is different. According to the GP we need to try and have something done before the 3 month period. It could be a herniated disc. She''s experiencing a burning sensation, etc...Is there some sort of treatment that we have overlooked? Is there perhaps an operation (whether locally or abroad) that may be performed on her and what are the risks? Please, please, please i beg you to direct us on a path that will help ease the pain for her. Should we consider a 2nd opinion and who would you recommend, we reside in Johannesburg.

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Dear Irfaan,

with such a complex problem there is no doubt that she should see a spinal surgeon for a second opinion. i do not know the surgeons in Johannesburg that well but in Cape Town you can see dr Robert Dunn

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Posted by: Orthopaedic Specialist Forum | 2010/03/03

Dear Irfaan,

with such a complex problem there is no doubt that she should see a spinal surgeon for a second opinion. i do not know the surgeons in Johannesburg that well but in Cape Town you can see dr Robert Dunn

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