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Dr. Mark - advice please, broken back w/ possibly paralysis

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Dr. Mark, I'm hoping to solicit some advice from you. I do realize that this is not necessarily your exact area of specialization, but I didn't really know where else to ask.

A good friend today crashed riding his motorcycle in the desert. He was shortly life-flighted back to SLC to LDS hospital. The prognosis is fairly grim at this point. As I understand it, 1-2 of the vertebrae between his shoulder blades (P something) essentially exploded. They termed it a very significant injury. They have told him that he will never walk again.

They have told him that they are recommending surgery, but that it could actually make things worse at this point.

I'm wondering if you know of any good spine/back specialists that we can contact for advice. I would like to make sure they have all the information necessary to proceed.

Thank you, I hope to hear from you soon.

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That level is very unforgiving as far as spinal cord injury is concerned. Fortunately he will have full functions of his arms so he can live independantly.

The people at LDS are pretty competent. They will want to stabilize his spine so he can participate in rehab. I would agree with that plan.

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Are there any specialists that you could recommend to contact (or I guess my question is, should they solicit a second opinion from someone else that also specializes in this). I emailed you at info@sandersclinic as well...

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I can't think of anyone else besides the spine guys at LDS. Sight unseen, surgical treatment to stabilize the spine in this situation is appropriate and the standard of care.

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Thanks Mark; I really appreciate the advice. I'll relay it to his family. They are understandably in a panic, and he is absolutely terrified. What a difference in our lives one second can make.

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