Thursday, February 13, 2014

Saving Private Heary

The recent brouhaha that has created an imbroglio between Mr. Richard Kaul (aka Dr.) and Dr. Robert Heary (Neurosurgeon) has been high drama at its best.  For those of you that haven't been following this saga, Mr. Kaul has been fighting the forces of evil, involving a total conspiracy between the State of NJ Medical Licensing Board, the orthopedic and neurosurgical community, the press, his former patients, and "Fat Boy Slim, aka Chris Christie.  (Let's kick some more dirt on the round mound of rebound.) The irony of it all is that Poor Richard sees himself as a pioneer, a visionary, as being misunderstood. Who knows, maybe a descendant or protege of Michael DeBakey? In November of 2013, Mr. Kaul blogged on his own blogsite, while sitting in the lotus position, asking the question, "Who is the Spine Blogger?" One must admit, even TSB doesn't have the panache that Mr. Kaul exhibits when blogging.  Richard, you don't mind if I call you Richard?  Delusion? Deceit? I must suspect that you never heard the express that "people with a glass jaw shouldn't start a fight."

As for Private Heary?  I do declare, even TSB must come to his defense.  I feel like Captain John Miller in his quest to bring Private James Ryan home back to comfort and loving arms of his mother.  TSB normally wouldn't give Mr. Kaul the time of day, let alone some publicity on the blog, but when someone accuses The Spine Blogger of highly inflammatory comments, let alone, making or allowing racially disparaging remarks about Indian physicians, that's where TSB draws the line. Richard just for your information, I love Indian Food and hang out with Indians, not the type that run around with bow and arrows. Professional toxicity, c'est moi.  Rather than get into a pissing match with someone insignificant I would rather let Richard's track record speak for itself.  I watched your "self-serving" YouTube Videos, intellectual discourse at its best coming from someone who is a self-proclaimed spine surgeon.  So in a gesture to ensure you that the symbolic head has not been cut off…………..drumroll please………..Robert Heary is not the Spine Blogger. So in closing

"Richard do you understand me now, 
sometimes I feel a little mad, 
but don't you know that no one alive can always be an angel, 
when things go wrong, I seem to be bad 
But I'm just a soul whose intentions are good
Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood!"

A man of your intellectual capacity should know that sometimes its better to let a sleeping dog lie

155 comments:

  1. It's ironic his attorney is none other than TWO BUCK CHUCK. Why wast your time and effort on scum like this - an AneSLEEZEologist practicing spine surgery - he must have slept in a Holiday Inn prior to each procedure.

    "His surgical center in Pompton Lakes and his medical practices are bankrupt now that his license is suspended. He filed for Chapter 11 reorganization of his businesses in June. The lawyer in his license appeal, Charles Shaw, begged the judge to be relieved as counsel because it was taking too much time.

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  2. How about those Seahawks?

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    1. How about Seattle's Dr Rooney?

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  3. Better call Saul!

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  4. http://americannewsreport.com/nationalpainreport/suspended-new-jersey-doc-sues-neurosurgeons-8819189.html

    Looks like the weasels are committing suicide. I love a good medical industry train wreck!

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    1. This is an article from last march. Surely there are better things to post.

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    2. This is just to bring attention and turn up the heat. The big companies like J&J, Lanx, Stryker ect... are getting away with murder and I mean that literally. Unless and until their CEO and boards of directors are criminally prosecuted nothing will change. Guys like Drobot are a just small time hoods.

      Synthes Norian Criminal Conduct Homicide.

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  5. God DAMM......it's good to have TSB BACK.

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  6. If i was prosecuting on behalf of the patients I would be salivating to go after the distributors and parent companies that were providing hardware for these cases.

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    1. They are going after all of them.

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  7. I don't mean to side track this thread but if you think that the spine industry is the only part of the medical industry with crooks and jokers, check this out! http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2014/jan/13/hma-ex-ceo-target-justice-department-gary-newsome/

    I hope some of you read this because Gary Newsome of HMA got brought down by some whistle blowers. Whistle blowers can get rich if they pass on the goods to the right people. The right people are Qui Tam lawyers.

    Here's another tidbit. 1/3 of what is paid into health care in the US goes to cover waste and corruption. To put that into perspective that is more than we spend on our military and to put that into perspective we spend more on defense than all other countries combined.

    If you know of criminal activity play it smart and contact a lawyer.

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  8. Kaul opines about the spine blogger and revealed his identity. He got it wrong! Kaul is a nut case pure and simple. Here are his ramblings. http://drrichardkaul.com/opinion/2013/11/4/who-is-the-spine-blogger

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  9. Is Robery Heary alive? If so, then he is not the spineblogger. This "brouhaha" is not worth blogging about. Sounds to me like Dr. Kaul struck a nerve to get this attention that no one cares to read. I got sort of excited that we finally had a post, but this is crap blogging. This is like watching Jerry Springer.

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    1. I email SB with the info and he crawled out of his hole are wrote the article, He used to post weekly. I miss his posts. Maybe he is taking on the entire corrupt medical industry? Orthopedics is a small part of the corruption.

      American health care is not salvageable because there are not enough club feds to hold all the corporate crooks and even if there were enough prisons the criminal elite never pay for their crimes.

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  10. http://kicventures.com/ Have fun watching your hard earned money dissappear! There must be some gullible surgeons out there willing to invest in this shell game.

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  11. When is Globus going public?

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  12. I came across ANOTHER spine company that is going to take the industry by storm. Precision Spine. What a joke. Another group of castaway old retreads hiring their buddies. I am sure they have such differentiation in their products(LOL). This industry is a joke.

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    1. Probably coming from a disgruntled ex Precision Spine, current Zavation employee. Owner, engineers, machinists, ya'll know who you are.

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  13. Precision Spine is not new, its Spinal USA. Whats new is Zavation, which has been started in Pearl MS by the same guy who started Spinal USA. Products are eerily similar and the patents assigned to them are the same patent holders that have assigned IP to Spinal USA. You should check out their website and their "Community" page. Such Altruism! I called the local Salvation Army in Pearl and the corporate sponsorship director had never heard of Jeffrey Johnson, Zavation or Spinal USA, but Zavations website has the Salvation Army logo plastered all over it as if they were a big sponsor.

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    1. Can someone explain how one make a living selling brackets, screws and Leggos oops I mean PEEK cages? Really? All the crap they sell looks like the same crap all the other companies sell,

      Why is one company's hardware any better than another's? Why are salesmen even needed to sell this crap? I'm serious.

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    2. Fat Bastard, your same song is so tiresome. Get. A. Life.

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    3. Answer the question. We could all use a good laugh. Get a spine.

      Are you screw and plate reps really in charge of kickbacks like the drug reps are?

      GlaxoSmithKline fined $3bn after bribing doctors to increase drugs ...
      www.theguardian.com › Business › GlaxoSmithKline‎
      The Guardian
      Jul 3, 2012 - The pharmaceutical group GlaxoSmithKline has been fined $3bn (£1.9bn) after admitting bribing doctors and encouraging the prescription of ... The company encouraged sales reps in the US to mis-sell three drugs to doctors .... Avandia has made $10.4bn in sales, Paxil took $11.6bn, and Wellbutrin sales ...
      Chinese Doctors Take Bribes All the Time, But Only Because They ...
      www.policymic.com/.../chinese-doctors-take-bribes-all-the-time-but-only...‎
      Jul 26, 2013 - Officials have begun investigation rampant bribery in the Chinese pharmaceutical industry, and the source of the corruption may surprise you.
      How Drug Companies Bribe Doctors to Suck You Into ... - Mercola
      articles.mercola.com/.../the-secret-weapon-drug-...‎
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      Sep 25, 2010 - How Drug Companies Bribe Doctors to Suck You Into Their Web… .... Do not take a drug just because your doctor prescribes it. First, learn what ...
      GlaxoSmithKline To Stop Paying Doctors To Promote Drugs
      www.huffingtonpost.com/.../glaxosmithkline-pay-d...‎
      The Huffington Post
      Dec 17, 2013 - GlaxoSmithKline's move comes amid a major bribery investigation ... Officials at other major drug companies were not immediately ... public the names of doctors they have paid will take effect in Europe from the start of 2016.
      Big drug companies bribe cancer doctors - Cancer Defeated ...
      www.cancerdefeated.com/.../Big-drug-companies-bribe-cancer-doctors.h...‎
      A cancer doctor told us an incredible story about drug company tactics. ... Patients who take advantage of low-dose chemotherapy don't lose their hair or suffer ...
      Drug Company Accused of Bribing Doctors - ABC News
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      Drug Company Accused of Bribing Doctors. April 13. By John McKenzie. Jury selection began today in a case that's being closely watched by drug companies ...
      This Pharma Company Admits to $2 Million in Bribes to Government ...
      vactruth.com/2012/08/28/pharma-admits-to-bribes/‎
      Aug 28, 2012 - This Pharma Company Admits to $2 Million in Bribes to Government and Health Officials ... [5] Pharma wants their products to be on the tip of every doctor's tongue .... Rather than taking action on this false claims act, the U.S. ...
      Analysis: Bribery scandal dents Big Pharma sales in China, GSK ...
      www.reuters.com/.../us-china-pharma-sales-analysis-idUSBRE98...‎
      Reuters
      Sep 18, 2013 - Industry insiders expect its China drug sales growth to slow sharply or even .... "Until doctors stop taking bribes, nothing is going to change.".
      Doctors and drug companies: Let the sunshine in | The Economist
      www.economist.com/.../21572784-new-efforts-reveal-ties...‎
      The Economist
      Mar 2, 2013 - At the other end of the spectrum, firms bribe doctors to prescribe their drugs. ... In 2012 pharmaceutical companies spent more than $24 billion marketing ... In most states, doctors take regular courses to maintain their licences.
      Nevada Doctors Accept Millions from Drug Companies - 8 News NOW
      www.8newsnow.com/.../nevada-doctors-accept-millions-from...‎
      KLAS‑TV
      Nov 18, 2013 - Last year, drug companies dished out nearly $800 million to doctors, paying ... While there may be doctors who take bribes and call it research, ...

      Ah the medical industry. Such ethics and honor. The billions in bribes and fines must be the few bad apples.

      Answer the question!

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    4. Obviously, if you have a bunch of products that are vastly the same, then the only way a company can get someone to buy theirs is to have a good salesman. discounting the relatively few bad apples who get all the press, most reps don't have consultants and don't bribe docs, we barely even buy them lunch anymore. The ones who can't sell and get desperate and the ones who do all this shit you love to talk about. They are losers but there is obviously a market for bribery among the pillars of our our society, the medical doctors. Walk in the lounge and see which ones are reading the Wall Street Journal and which ones are reading Spine Journal and you will know which ones to trust.

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    5. Maybe the guy at salvation army needs to get out more. The Precision Spine facilities are about 2 miles from The Salvation Army. Just because the guy in Pearl hasn't heard of Jeffrey Johnson doesn't mean anything. The way Jeffrey treats his employees, I would believe that he would be donating to The Salvation Army. By the way, is it just a link, or does the Zavation site actually say we donate to The Salvation Army, I don't remember. Some people love to throw mud, and not really know what is going on.

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  14. Precision Spine. Give me a break. Jim Pastena and Chris DeNicola reminiscing of their glory day's at EBI when there was little competition. Those day's are over boys. You have made no significant contribution since. Love to hear how you guy's are going to move the business ahead. Ha Ha!! What an incestuous business.

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  15. Been out of spine since the summer. greatest thing ever! cant imagine taking call or not going on vacation when i want. ish kabibble.

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  16. You all hear about Drobot at Pacific Hospital? Douche bag is finally going to prison

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-senator-ron-calderon-bribes-indictment-20140221,0,3380086.story#axzz2u07HL9xW

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  17. Holy dick tips,I can stand most comments but when you comment it never ever ever makes any freakin sense you must be some brain dead retard you are so out of touch ,I would rather smell my grandmas asshole then try and understand how you live dohhhhhhhhhhhg

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  18. I drink an like to get high,but I don't see what beating my kids an wife have anything to do with that at all,when I am high I am fine an nothing bothers me,it is only wen I am out and have no drugs wen I am really mad and that's when they get hit

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  19. I drink to,I don't hit my kids though,I do push them round and of course I yell and belittle my wife,but one thing I do to my kids or when there friends are over I like to come out in my towel and act like it just fell off ,and I do it with a boner,it is so funny my daughter hates it lol

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  20. Omg I do that to,also I walk in on my daughter in the bathroom or shower all the time ,it is great,

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  21. Me thinks he doth Protest to much

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    1. Let's see. Most of these posters are spine reps and also Republicans. The fact of the matter is most pedophiles are Republicans.

      Spine is a filthy dirty industry so is it surprising that these guys are pedophiles or think that baby rape is funny?

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    2. I don't suppose you'd care to back up that ridiculous statement? I'll say most murderers are liberal as are most AIDS victims and indigent people. If pedophiles were conservative, liberals wouldn't defend their rights.

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    3. Prove it wrong. I checked it out and I found 5 convicted democrat pedophiles and 100's of Republicans. Your own Rush Limbaugh is a child molester.

      This is a fraction of the list. See in you can find more that 5 convicted Democrat pedophile. I know you can't.

      Republican County Constable Larry Dale Floyd was arrested on suspicion of soliciting sex with an 8-year old girl. Floyd has repeatedly won elections for Denton County, Texas, constable.
      Republican judge Mark Pazuhanich pleaded no contest to fondling a 10-year old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation.
      Republican Party leader Bobby Stumbo was arrested for having sex with a 5-year old boy.
      Republican teacher and former city councilman John Collins pleaded guilty to sexually molesting 13 and 14 year old girls.
      Republican campaign worker Mark Seidensticker is a convicted child molester.
      Republican Mayor Philip Giordano is serving a 37-year sentence in federal prison for sexually abusing 8- and 10-year old girls.
      Republican Mayor John Gosek was arrested on charges of soliciting sex from two 15-year old girls.
      Republican County Commissioner David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
      Republican legislator Edison Misla Aldarondo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping his daughter between the ages of 9 and 17.
      Republican Committeeman John R. Curtain was charged with molesting a teenage boy and unlawful sexual contact with a minor.
      Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth is a convicted child rapist in Florida.
      Republican zoning supervisor, Boy Scout leader and Lutheran church president Dennis L. Rader pleaded guilty to performing a sexual act on an 11-year old girl he murdered.
      Republican anti-abortion activist Nicholas Morency pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer and offering a bounty to anybody who murders an abortion doctor.
      Republican campaign consultant Tom Shortridge was sentenced to three years probation for taking nude photographs of a 15-year old girl.
      Republican racist pedophile and United States Senator Strom Thurmond had sex with a 15-year old black girl which produced a child.
      Republican pastor Mike Hintz, whom George W. Bush commended during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to a sexual affair with a female juvenile.
      Republican legislator Peter Dibble pleaded no contest to having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl.
      Republican advertising consultant Carey Lee Cramer was charged with molesting his 9-year old step-daughter after including her in an anti-Gore television commercial.
      Republican activist Lawrence E. King, Jr. organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.
      Republican lobbyist Craig J. Spence organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.
      Republican Congressman Donald "Buz" Lukens was found guilty of having sex with a female minor and sentenced to one month in jail.
      Republican fundraiser Richard A. Delgaudio was found guilty of child porn charges and paying two teenage girls to pose for sexual photos.
      Republican activist Mark A. Grethen convicted on six counts of sex crimes involving children.
      Republican activist Randal David Ankeney pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child.
      Republican Congressman Dan Crane had sex with a female minor working as a congressional page.
      Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter.
      Republican Judge Ronald C. Kline was placed under house arrest for child molestation and possession of child pornography.
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  23. These idiots are out of work, living in their mom's basement, eating Cheetos, getting fatter, and pounding their keyboards venting their frustrations and inability to stand on their own two pudgy feet.

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  24. I wonder if FAT JACK the spine surgeon is going to get some prison time ? JC @ The WallStreetJournal seems to think so.

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    1. His partner Uppal was my surgeon. I was just informed of the fake spinal hardware he put in me at the age of 28. By the age of 32 I underwent hardware removal due to the pain. I was just in UPPALS office last Tues and do you think any of this was mentioned? Not a word he had been my trusted dr. The last almost 10 years...

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  26. Fat Bastard does indeed know how to cut and paste. He is so creative.

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  27. California Hospital CEO and State Senator Indicted
    The FBI announced today that Michael D. Drobot, former owner of Pacific Hospital in Long Beach, has been charged in a health care fraud scheme that involved tens of millions of dollars in illegal kickbacks in exchange for referrals of thousands of patients who received spinal surgeries. The referrals to the hospital led to more than $500 million in bills being fraudulently submitted during last five years of the scheme, much of which was paid by the California worker's compensation system. In April 2013 the Wall Street Journal reported on the investigation by the U.S. attorney for the Central District of California into allegations that Drobot paid kickbacks to physicians so they would refer their patients for spine surgery at his facility. Drobot owned a spine distributorship and would inflate the price of the implants used at his hospital. This price inflation allowed him to pay a kickback of $15,000 per lumbar fusion surgery and $10,000 per cervical fusion surgery and recover this payment by passing it on to the insurer. The California Workers Comp system permitted hospitals to pass on to workers' comp insurers the full cost of medical devices implanted in spinal surgery patients. Drobot also admitted in his plea agreement that he paid bribes to Democratic California State Senator Ronald Calderon in exchange for Calderon performing official acts to keep the spinal pass-through law on the books. Calderon was indicted on federal charges yesterday for allegedly accepting bribes from Drobot, as well as undercover FBI agents seeking official acts in relation to other matters

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    1. Wasn't he a partner with distributor Jim Linn?

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  28. When is Centinel Spine going public? Or Small Bone Innovations? Do they still exist?

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    1. They definitely both still exist. However, Centinel Spine finds itself in a significant legal quagmire and Small Bone is up for sale.

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  29. When will Orthofix file amended financial statements? How bad is their situation? They will lose NASDAQ status soon if they do not file.

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  30. I know this is not the subject of this strand of comments. I HOPE someone can help me. How can you find out if the hardware implanted in your spine is counterfeit? I had spinal fusion lumbar 2011 at Pacific Hospital Long Beach. I have my records and they state this. International Implants Registered manufacturer. It states vendor product ID, description and internal product ID. If I list these numbers can someone tell me who the manufacturer is?

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    1. I am sure your implant is legit. There are hundreds of FDA approved pedicle screws on the market. You may want to try the FDA website under the medical devices tab and see what you may find.

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    2. Spine ID question : Eventually (most) patents want the hardware removed later on down the line, normal procedure for (most) patients. Some patients complain of feeling it, creaking feeling within the spine etc... Of course this is all done once the spine hardware and bone have both done their job, fused the areas that were meant to be fused, a simple xray can detect that. Go see your Dr and ask them about getting the hardware removed and DEMAND that you get to keep it.........I have been involved in countless hardware removals and even the Dr doing the removal instructs the O.R. staff to make sure the patient gets the hardware. DEMAND that you get it back.

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    3. Spinal Solutions were using counterfeit hardware made at a local machine shop. The feds actually had the manufacture engineers examine the so called counterfeit hardware thoroughly and they were deemed as counterfeit. The story is all over the internet.
      I always wondered how come S.S. CEO / owner was able to afford all of the fancy cars / trucks / airplanes etc.........it cost him pennies to make the harware but would inflate the prices astronomically !

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    4. Total scumbags!!!!!! The whole lot of them!!!!

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    5. What are the implant numbers? Vendor product ID is prob the catalog number and someone on here can identify it.

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  31. I am the patient from above. I read Spinal Solutions distributor was owned by Drobot the former owner of Pacific Hospital Long Beach. So this hospital owner where I had my spinal fusion also supplied my doctor with my hardware. From what I read International Implants was supplying counterfeit hardware.

    If I list the vendor number or product ID can anyone on this site determine where it came from. My new doctor cannot. He said my records do not look like correct surgery records. Was Spinal Solutions ONLY using counterfeit hardware, OR only part of the time is my question? I have had a lot of complications after this surgery. I have a cage/lumbar. My former doctor implanted through my stomach and back. I asked if it could only be done going in through the back, and he said no. Worst experience of my life at that hospital, and the pain after. I wish my doctor would have taken my life instead of doing this to me.

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  32. I did go to the FDA web site (thank you for your advice), and imputed the codes from my hospital records and nothing comes up. That site is very confusing. My records do not say the brand of my hardware just lists vendor product ID, description, and internal product ID. Thank you for your comments.

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    1. Mr. Patient, International Implants WERE NOT using the counterfeit hardware, Spinal Solutions was the company using them. If you dont mind could you provide the Dr's initials who performed the surgery ? (INITIALS ONLY PLEASE ) It sounds like you had what is normally called a "front & back" OR anterior / posterior lumbar fusion (A/P).
      By the way, Spinal Solutions distributorship was not owned by M. Drobot ; Pacific Hospital used International Implants exclusively. I believe the manufacturer was Alphatec for the "hardware" used in both the front and back.

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    2. Both were using counterfeit implants.

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  33. Yes, you are correct with the surgery (A/P surgery). My surgery records contain International Implant information. I thought is was the same company as Spinal Solutions. They were both listed in the complaint. So if my implants came from International Implants, and I had this surgery at Pacific Hospital Long Beach, then what you are writing I do NOT have to worry that my implants are counterfeit? Surgeon K.A.

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    1. International Implants are / were legitimate. The surgeon K.A. are you sure it is K.A. ? What city is the Dr. from (if you know). Where was / is the office located (City) ? If you don't mind. If you chose not to say then that's ok too.
      In my opinion I do believe your implants are the real deal, NOT counterfeit.

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    2. International Implants are not legitimate. That is owned by Drobot and listed in the state complaint as distributor for counterfeit implants. Alphatec appears to be involved some way. They are not being transparent with patients who ask about their implants and if they are from Alphatec. Why?

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    3. International Implants legitimate? Not true.

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  34. Paradigm Spine receives 75 mill. Someone belives in the company....

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    1. The 75 mill has some pretty significant strings attached. I have contended for a long time that the one thing these guys do know is the financial side of the biz. They can find money under rocks that no one else knows about.

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  35. I am sure it is KA. He did two fusions on me, one was years before, which was cervicle. That you for your help. I am relieved.

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  36. His office is in Pomona.

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  37. That's ahmed did he do your surgery at pechanga casino

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    1. I wish, maybe the outcome would have been better.

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  38. What happened to that douche bag Reynolds and his gay friend sersansie

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    1. Oh you mean the two individuals that had the balls to blow this case wide open? The two men that had the courage to say something and put themselves in harms way to save literally thousands of patients? I don't know these two men. But what I have been reading they are heroes. The world needs men that are willing to put themselves on the line to assist others that are unable or unaware that they are victims of greed. I support men like these men.

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  39. Ahmed used to get "big" amounts of chips or Casino funds from a distributorship in Murietta. From the same guy who used to own a few airplanes. No, don't need to mention any names, everyone knows.
    Mr. Patient, your'e welcome.

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    1. umm I don't know. Is it former hospital owner now in trouble? I

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    2. Was the distributorship in Murietta Ahmed used Spinal Solutions? Spinal Elements is a manufacturer, which is located very close..

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  40. What about s Upp and c brow r they still together

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    1. Yes, they are still together & they now have a third person with them, a trio if you may, Mic M.

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  41. Heard sersansie is dating Melissa Kramer Reynolds old girlfriend he started some bogus lab

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    1. Never be bullied into silence. Go get em Sersansie and Reynolds. There are many many people that are applauding your efforts and know these silly comments are from the very people that are at the end of their rope. Thank you for being the voice for the ones that are unable to do so.

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  42. Sersansie got evicted he's living with Reynolds in a trailer in napa

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    1. Hmmmm a trailer in Napa? Sounds pretty good to me.

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    2. ALL over the news...literally 1000s of patients and witnesses agree. Looking like the bad guys lose this time.

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  43. Look what medical corporate gangsters do and how they get away with it

    Moron Church Hiding indicted Hospital CEO.

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  44. In response to the above, Spinal Solutions AND International Implants are listed as defendants in a complaint which states BOTH were involved with distributing counterfeit hardware. They are however not the same distributor. Has this been found to be not accurate for International Implants?

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  45. Amedica went public? Come on spine blogger what should we think?

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  46. Drobot the robot and Roger the dodger

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  47. Do implant companies have information relative to the patients that were implanted with their devices? Also, does the distributor of the spinal implant company have information as to the patients that were implanted with spinal hardware that they sold to the hospital?

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    1. What state organization governs them, or ensures they do that?

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  49. The manufacturer does not have to keep a record of the patients with their implants.

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    1. They do not. The hospital is responsible for tracking implants back to a patient. Many companies wont allow patient names to be on the orders due to HIPPA. As a distributor, I keep that info for the purposes of reconciling POs to the proper case and for revision purposes in years to follow so we can know what is implanted if we have to take it out, but I am not required to do that.

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  50. Thanks for sharing with us great information about this blog Orthopaedic Products India. I really like all the features of this product.

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  51. Just parenthetically, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, as performed by Joe Cocker, may be one of the best things ever.

    As you were.

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  53. Stryker strikes again only it's worse this time! Their latest batch of victims, the Cervicore, victims were injured even more grievously than the hip implant victims and there was even more criminality involved. CerviCore is an artificial disk implant meant for implantation into the cervical spine. Not only is it a metal shedding Frankenstein design like the Stryker hip implants, the Cervicore disk never received FDA approval for use in patients. It gets worse, the Cervicore disk never even received FDA approval to be used in clinical trials or IDE (Investigational Device Exemption). The Cervicore disk is such a piece of shit that it could not even get and IDE from the FDA but that didn't stop Stryker's doctors from implanting them in the spine of patients.

    Currently the is a class action lawsuit being filed against Stryker Medical.

    file:///C:/Users/Chris/Downloads/File%20Stamped%20Copy%20of%20Complaint.pdf

    On Friday April 11, 2014 the law firm of Zoll, Kranz & Borgess, LLC filed a lawsuit behalf of a group of fourteen plaintiffs against Howmedica Osteonics Corp. (which does business as Stryker Spine) alleging Howmedica’s trial device called called CerviCore injured them.

    Stryker Howmedica Facing Class Action Law Suit

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    1. Dr Shezad Malik Law Firm is Investigating Stryker CerviCore Injuries

      If you were implanted with the Stryker CerviCore device, which is a metal-on-metal cervical disc replacement system and then experienced complications like premature loosening, pain, or other issues like pseudo tumors, bone loss, and metallosis, you may be eligible for a Stryker CerviCore lawsuit.

      Dr Shezad Malik Law Firm is looking for other subjects who were recruited into this trial that was sponsored by Stryker Spine for their IDE clinical trial of the CerviCore disc implant.

      Contact Dr Shezad Malik Law Firm
      If you or a loved one had a Stryker CerviCore Implant and have suffered injuries or wrongful death with the device, contact the attorneys at Dr Shezad Malik Law Firm to learn more about your legal rights. You can speak with one of our representatives by calling toll-free at 888-210-9693 ext 2, or by filling out the case evaluation form.

      Our law firm’s principal office is in Dallas and we have offices in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr Shezad Malik Law Firm represents clients in dangerous drug and defective medical device lawsuits nationwide, including California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas.

      Plaintiff Stryker Cervicore Allegations

      According to the Complaint, nine of the plaintiffs had the device installed as part of an experimental trial conducted by Stryker. Four additional plaintiffs are spouses of the original nine and have loss of consortium claims based on their spouses suffering.

      What is Stryker Cervicore Device?

      The CerviCore device is an experimental metal-on-metal device that was implanted in between two cervical spine vertebrae. Stryker touts the device as an alternative to traditional cervical neck fusion surgery.

      According to the experimental study documents, about 400 patients may have been part of the study, with around 200 of them receiving the CerviCore device.

      All nine plaintiffs in this suit say the CerviCore device has caused them serious harm. Most are suffering metallosis symptoms and they allege Stryker either will not perform metal exposure testing or performed the testing and will not release the results. The symptoms are very similar to the metallosis alleged to be caused by Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II metal replacement hips.

      Thomas Errico, MD designed the articulating saddle shaped device with the aim of preserving motion after implanting it into the intervertebral space between two vertebrae of the cervical spine.

      The inherently unstable saddle shape design of the CerviCore device in combination with the use of a heat treatment was allegedly known by Stryker to escalate the deterioration and wear properties of cobalt chromium (nickel and molybdenum with titanium plasma spray) in metal on metal articulating devices.

      This effect was a well known red flag for causing catastrophic outcomes in the device industry.

      Allegedly Stryker Howmedica's own research team of engineers, Wang, Wang & Gustavson have demonstrated that the heat treatment caused rapid deterioration of articulating wear properties in their published research titled: Metal on Metal Wear Testing of Co-Cr Alloys,
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    2. What is Metallosis?

      Metallosis is a medical condition that is caused by the absorption of metal debris ions, particularly Cobalt and Chromium, which are the component elements of the device.

      The metal debris occurs because of the grinding action between the metallic component parts that rub together, lead to the wearing down and degradation of the discs.

      Test Subjects Claim that Stryker Abandoned Them

      All nine plaintiffs say Stryker / Howmedica abandoned them. In most cases, the company sent a representative saying Stryker wanted to continue the CerviCore study, then, shortly after they signed new waivers, it abruptly ended the entire study and stopped monitoring their conditions.

      The suit seeks damages for all the medical expenses, the lost work time, and the pain and suffering each person has endured. It also asks the court to punish Stryker / Howmedica and send a message that the way it treated these people is unacceptable.

      Cervicore was not Approved by FDA

      The FDA did not approve the application for the legally required investigational device exemption (IDE) that had been submitted by Stryker Howmedica Osteonics in 2004.

      Without an order from the FDA granting a valid IDE to the sponsor, Howmedica Osteonics, dba Stryker Spine, the CerviCore device was absolutely prohibited for use on human subjects in clinical trials.

      Stryker's Alleged Bad Acts

      Instead of complying with the FDA decision for further testing of the CerviCore disc, Stryker switched the CerviCore Disc that was used in the application for an IDE that was denied with and replaced it with a second CerviCore disc

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  55. fbi.gov/elpaso/press-releases/2014/federal-grand-jury-in-el-paso-charges-former-army-physician-former-el-paso-physician-two-other-individuals-and-two-businesses-in-connection-with-an-estimated-7.3-million-health-care-fraud-scheme

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  56. What really goes on in the medical industry is Genocide....yet we call others Terrorist.

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  57. http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/legal-regulatory-issues/5-things-to-know-about-the-sanford-health-spinal-implant-settlement-agreement.html

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  58. I am looking for information about spacers for lumbar spine. These are the codes and sizes. 13025-612 for a 30x25x12mm and 13025-614 for a 30x25x14mm, and 13025-616 for a 30x25x16mm. Who is the manufacturer of these spacers?

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    1. Spinal Solutions LLC was the distributor sorry but I am not sure who manufactured them. Check the link below, scroll down to page #155, under ALIF Cages.

      http://workcompcentral.com/pdf/2013/misc/SersansievGardensRegional.pdf

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    2. That is great. Is Spinal Solutions the only distributor or was International Implants also distributing these spacers?

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  59. Jack Akmakjian is going to be losing his MD license. Documented 4-14-2014.

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    1. Interesting link you provided. It appears same group of surgeons, assisting each other with both implantation, and then later removal of patients implants. Looks like a very lucrative gig for them.

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  60. So is TSB still alive? No news since February...strange

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  61. In reply to your question above " That is great. Is Spinal Solutions the only distributor or was International Implants also distributing these spacers?"

    ANSWER: I believe so.

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  62. Here is some GREAT reading material. Enjoy !

    http://www.cironline.org/reports/california-doctors-used-fake-hardware-spine-surgeries-lawsuits-say-6523

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  63. 12:19 When are they going to arrest these surgeons? They are all still operating on patients.

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  64. Fat Jack going down...

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  65. Not only is fat jack going down but also this group of stellar individuals...........check the link aka court documents.

    https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1212535-golia-case.html

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    1. http://www2.mbc.ca.gov/BreezePDL/document.aspx?path=%5cDIDOCS%5c20140508%5cDMRAAAEC3%5c&did=AAAEC140508232239933.DID&licenseType=G&licenseNumber=62470#page=1

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  66. http://www2.mbc.ca.gov/BreezePDL/document.aspx?path=%5cDIDOCS%5c20140508%5cDMRAAAEC3%5c&did=AAAEC140508232239933.DID&licenseType=G&licenseNumber=62470#page=1

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  67. TSB...At least say farewell. They have computers in prison I hear.

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  68. Are these surgeons STILL allowed to operate of patients at this time including J.A.?

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  69. Are these surgeons STILL allowed to operate of patients at this time including J.A.?

    Unfortunately yes. J.A. is STILL operating and not behind bars where he should be.

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  70. I thought the CA State Medical Board had stopped him, or maybe it was just a warning for epidurals.

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  71. No just a "warning" it appears after review.

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  72. Should patients who had knee and hip implants at the hospitals (everyone knows about) with these fine surgeons have concerns about their implants, or is this creative venture limited to spine implants?

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  73. I don't think any hip / knee replacement patients need to worry. If you had a spinal fusion at the hospital that everyone knows about then I would advise consulting an attorney.

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  74. http://www.lexisnexis.com/legalnewsroom/workers-compensation/b/recent-cases-news-trends-developments/archive/2014/06/27/california-lien-disallowed-for-surgical-hardware-provided-to-pacific-hospital-of-long-beach.aspx

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  75. Rumor has is it, Carlsbad spine company is quietly looking for a new VP of R&D. This would be the VP’s third sinking ship. Any validity?

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    1. There are a few in Carlsbad area...which one?

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  76. The axe has fallen...

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  77. The reign of terror has ended!!

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  78. Or the reign of...

    showing up drunk for a 9am surgeon meeting in las vegas (more than once)
    micro managing to the point of doing nothing
    obscure behind doors priorities
    spewing completely incorrect facts about spine anatomy/biology/biomechanics
    completely incompetent leadership

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  79. Ello Folks...Need a little help here. Spinal Solutions had a system called Cadence that was useful in burst fracture cases. Any idea who has similar trays or maybe if any of the successors changed the name? Thanks for the possibility..

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  80. You do know about "Spinal Solutions" right? Look on the FDA website about non FDA parts.

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    1. Got it...But any suggestions on a good system for burst fractures? That was more the question.

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  81. Any word on the doctors who used Spinal Solutions parts....are they going to ever be accountable?

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    1. Do you feel it was really the Dr's at fault? More likely it was the reps and or companies they represent. I know the approval process is usually between us, our product providers, and purchasing. The Dr. is expecting us to monitor the legal E's to do our job. I've yet to have a surgeon ask to see the FDA papers. It's assumed that what's being shown is legit, tested, approved etc..I fear lack of ethics as well as accountability, follow up, service, and trust is quite common in the sales/provider side.

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  82. Some more good reading...........there will be MILLIONS that will have to be paid out via the L.A. Court System.
    Get in line folks and sue the hell out of all of the docs, spinal solutions, roger williams, mike drobot, mic mcgrath, crowders machine shop, the hospitals involved, etc etc etc.......poor jack is going to lose all of his coin collection, art, sports memorabilia, silver, gold, m jordan rookie card collection, and all of his other sports collection.
    See you in court.

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  83. http://www.outpatientsurgery.net/outpatient-surgery-news-and-trends/general-surgical-news-and-reports/california-hospitals-docs-accused-of-lucrative-spine-surgery-scam--10-21-14

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  84. Amendia acquired Spine360. DJ Janice stiffs the shareholders and takes all the money and runs. Amendia tries to manage through it by telling everyone it was a merger not a sale and a liquidity event will come later. Revenue falls off the table and all the staff leaves...surprise!!! A business built on promises will evaporate when those promise are disappointed.

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    1. anyone know whats happened w amendia now? amendia was recently acquired by the coldberg group. I've heard business is tanking??

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  85. https://beta.cironline.org/reports/medical-firm-profited-on-pain-in-alleged-spine-surgery-hardware-scam/

    This is for all of the crooked spine surgeons in California who enjoyed the perks of Pacific Hospital Long Beach. Hopefully Karma will be more than a bitch.

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  86. A year without the Spineblogger. Come out, come out wherever you are.

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  87. Stop bashing Dr. Heary! He's an excellent surgeon. C5 Corpectomy, C4-5, C5-6 discectomy. Bengal Stackable Monolith Cervical Corpectomy Cage. Did the trick. Doing cartwheels!

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  88. Sure, the return of the spine blogger would be a great thing. Could you at least tell us whether you have plans to return ever?

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    1. seriously? who was it?

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  90. who is going to hold scif accountable for allowing these fake parts to be used in injured workers? They obviously knew about them and approved them, prior to the surgeries. scif walks free? They lie and cover up for the surgeons and attack the injured patient. Is there any CA lawyer who has the kahonas to stop scif and represent patients like my husband? I will check periodically to see if anybody has a backbone

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  92. if you looking for spine surgery in NYC visit here

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  93. what's the latest on Dr. Richard Rooney, late of swedish MC? how about the implants he used? according to the last article in the seattle times a couple of years ago, he was off to the graybar hotel.

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    1. http://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/local/el-paso/2016/06/23/ex-army-surgeon-gets-shorter-prison-term/86311806/

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    2. They dropped ALL indicted charges against him. The only thing they had was an unintentional violation of a conflict of interest law, a misdemeanor. Turns out they never had ANY evidence of fraud.

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  94. RE above. i'm a former patient of his. i have so much metal in my back, i should set off the tsa alarms at the airport. its pretty much been down hill ever since the procedure. looking at x-rays of my spine post surgery, my primary care doc said in a loud voice "OH SH..T"!

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  95. whats going on with Amendia now that they have been acquired by the Kohlberg group?

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