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My father, Cesar Victa, 75 years old, had a surgery on his lower back on April 2, 2019. He was diagnosed with DISC PROFUSION WITH SPONDYLOLISTHESIS; SPINAL FORAMINAL STENOSIS. The spine doctor performed INTERBODY FUSION, PEDICLE SCREW FIXATION L3L4L5 with LAMINECTOMY and FORAMINECTOMY. He was doing well for a couple of weeks, but started feeling pain in his lower back radiating to his right leg. He has been taking strong pain medications but the pain did not go away. He got admitted again and CT Scan of Lumbar Spine revealed an infection and impression of OSTEOMYELITIS in Lumbar 5. Then, another operation Debridement or cleaning in the operative site was done on June 13, 2019. Since then, about 90% of his waking hours is spent in writhing pain. The strong pain medications put him to sleep and that’s the only time he is spared from the pain. All of his finances have been spent on the two surgeries and the expensive medications. About half a million pesos (in Philippine Peso, about 10K US Dollars) is needed for the next 8 weeks’ antibiotic treatment and another 8 weeks of oral antibiotics.
Four weeks has passed, the infection is still high, another Debridement surgery is schedule on July 18. It is the only way the doctors can do to remove the cause of infection including the implants.
When the infection is gone, the doctor's last resort is to perform Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA). RFA is a procedure used to reduce pain. An electrical current produced by a radio wave is used to heat up a small area of nerve tissue, thereby decreasing pain signals from that specific area. Needless to say, it is an expensive procedure and currently, only one hospital in the Philippines perform this procedure. Please help save our father's spine. Saving his spine would also mean saving his life. He is now confined at Davao Medical School Foundation in Davao City, Philippines. Please help our father. GOD BLESS YOUR KIND HEART.
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