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    My best wishes go out to Stephen, I hope the recovery is fast and proper and he can find a way to get back to a life he loves. Worrying about the bills and cost of proper care is perhaps the worst feeling in the world, something has to change in this country. I have lived all over the world as this is the first time I have been afraid of getting sick or having an accident.... very very sad indeed.

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    Here's another example about the potential problems of spinal fusion surgery:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/bills-p...0431--nfl.html

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills placed Torell Troup on the season-ending injured reserve list Thursday in the latest setback of the defensive tackle's young career.

    Troup spent the past month showing very little progress since having back surgery in December. That's when he had two disks fused to repair a nagging injury that limited Troup to just six games last season.

    The Bills had high expectations of Troup when they selected him with the 41st pick in the 2010 draft out of Central Florida. He had a promising rookie season in which he finished with 23 tackles and two pass breakups in 15 games, including three starts.

    A series of injuries began hampering Troup during training camp last year. He was eventually placed on IR in November.

    This year, Troup was held out of the team's spring minicamp practice sessions with the anticipation he could be ready for the start of training camp last month.

    Coach Chan Gailey said Troup ''looked good'' during a conditioning session a day before camp opened in suburban Rochester last month. But Troup then had a setback the following day and spent much of the rest of camp either working on his own or getting very limited practice time.

    Troup said two weeks ago that he had been in constant pain since having the operation. He second-guessed himself on why he had the procedure, even though doctors said it would be necessary.

    ''If I could go back, yeah, I probably wouldn't have wanted to deal with this,'' he said.

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    It could be very possible that the spinal fusion surgery may end this player's NFL career.

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    My x-wife and I both went to a spinal surgeon a few years ago. We were both having significant lower back pain. Hers was years of slips and falls, mine was just overuse from the Army and general arthritis. The surgeon determined she needed a spinal fusion and she went under the knife. The surgeon determined that I wasn't a good candidate for surgery and, literally, said "I can't do anything for you". Nothing. Basically just brushed me off. Aaaaand I'm so glad he did. I've gone on to dealing with my spinal issues in non-invasive and "lesser invasive" methods, physical therapy, etc. My X went on to have 6 weeks of excruciating pain where she couldn't even get out of bed much of the time, and still has as much (if not more) pain now than previous to the surgery.

    I'll wait until the already proven disc replacements are possible* in the US like they are in other parts of the world. Third world medicine here sometimes.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interve...plasty#History

    * while "approved" for use, many insurance plans won't cover it.

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