Anyone have experience with a procedure called a discogram? My surgeon is appealing my insurance company's denial for my back surgery. I have herniated discs and severe L & R lumbar spinal stenosis causing pinched nerves along with bone spurs and degenerative disc disease at L4/5, L5S1 which needs fusion at both levels. He says my only option at this point is either wait and see what their 2nd decision is or go ahead and do the discogram. If the discogram is positive it could help my case with the insurance company, if it's not positive it could harm my case for the need for fusion. Just wondering if anyone has had this procedure... Or thoughts on the matter. I am very conflicted about the whole thing. Thanks!
Thanks! I think I am going to wait for the decision from the insurance company. If they deny me again I will have the test done. I see my pain Dr again soon and will discuss with them also since they would be the one to do the test. Again, thanks for the prayers!
I've had two discograms. The aim of them is to provoke pain which isn't fun. They insert needles through your side guided by fluoroscopy into your actual discs and then inject dye to see if it provokes pain. If it does its classed as positive. They take pictures as well. In my case they offered some mild sedation prior to the procedure which I accepted, then when it was positive they immediately give you more pain relief. I have l5-s1 fused and they were testing l4-l5 which showed anterior and posterior annular tears that the dye just ran out of. They will also do a good disc for baseline/comparison.