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Medical Tourism - Journey & Arrival    

Journey & Arrival Surgery Recovery

Prologue:
 

In July of 1999 I had a L5-S1 Discectomy and then suffered an unfortunate catheter based non-surgical site staph infection that would inflame an internal organ. A horrible twisting time of agony, whereas a nurse would inform my wife that my chances of survival were slim. I survived. Though the organ would return to normal size, I was left in a permanently contorted and painful condition, that is usually associative of traumatic car accidents. After many efforts, we eventually found a medical establishment in Pennsylvania that was able to correct my diagnosed irreversible medical condition. I would be informed that the public had also taken notice and was inspired by what the physician termed, my medically documented miracle; "You overturned the diagnosis from some of the world's most prestigious medical institutions". He marveled further that I held on to all, as most men would have lost everything. Though many would ask us to write about our ordeal, we put the requests on a backburner. With a new lease on life. We had life to live.

By 2007, our backs were up against the wall again, and I was forced to engage in herculean physical efforts to save part of the everything that the physician above had made note of six years earlier. In the process, I reinjured my L5 - S1 area. My pain free existence ended and I had to adjust as my health began to deteriorate. However, in late 2010 I received positive medical intervention and was then rear-ended weeks later in Clarksburg WV in my friend Dirk's Mercedes. After that, it was downhill. After receiving the best medical efforts allowed; By 2014, we were again facing limited choices. A continuance of strong pain killers, a probable internal TENS unit and a wheel chair in the near future.

So, we looked Internationally and narrowed our choice down to one Neurosurgeon. One of a few who had rebuilt a complete spine in a living human being. Nevertheless, we were still hesitant and pursued state side options further. Our International choice, confirmed by the legal and political system, was reinforced by a regional health official who encouraged us with the missive that all new medical technologies come from Germany. So our course was set. We were headed to Europe.

Europe - 2014

Saturday May 10, 2014; Our trip this time is a surgical appointment with a German Neurosurgeon. After much research we came to the conclusion that this surgeon would be the best for us. (Granddaughter Raelin seeing us off before our flight to Germany)
 
 
The Neurosurgeon also created an Artificial Disc Replacement with the most proven results and has performed over 5000 implants with no infections.  (Granddaughter Eva seeing us off before our flight to Germany)
   
Though the plane ride seemed long, we found London's Heathrow Airport lacking.
   
We arrived in Munich on Sunday, May 11th at 9:30 A.M. We easily found our luggage and then passed through the doors to meet our waiting friends. To be together again; what a blessing they have been in our lives.

 
We were off to Bogen, Germany. Bogen is a village in the district of Straubing-Bogen in Bavaria Germany and is located between the southern slopes of the Bavarian Forest and the Danube River

(We stopped to eat at Gasthof Scheuenpflug, Dreifaltigkeitsberg; Say that fast three times).

   
A view of the Danube and countryside from our hospital
   
We checked in at Pension Schreiber and slept for three or four hours.
   
After we woke up our friends met us at a local restaurant. We enjoyed old world charm and some wine and beer of course. The pork was very good.
   
   

 

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