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Charleese

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My husband goes for his C&P exam on May 11th for his neck C3-C$ which was fused in 2008. He has wires, screws, a plate and bengal cage in his neck. Does anyone on this board that has this in there neck can tell him what type of rating they got so he will know what to expect.

What I am trying to say is there anyone here on this board besides my husband that has this hardware in there neck, and if so what is there rating or ratings.

Thanks in advance for your replies.

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Hi,

I had the same thing only on my back w/ a spinal fusion. I was 40% prior to surgery for this, they changed the rating to fusion from broken disc and left it at 40%. Had to appeal to get it up to 60%. I have more pain and problems since the surgery. Nerve damage, etc.

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My husband goes for his C&P exam on May 11th for his neck C3-C$ which was fused in 2008. He has wires, screws, a plate and bengal cage in his neck. Does anyone on this board that has this in there neck can tell him what type of rating they got so he will know what to expect.

What I am trying to say is there anyone here on this board besides my husband that has this hardware in there neck, and if so what is there rating or ratings.

Thanks in advance for your replies.

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Hi all,

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My husband goes for his C&P exam on May 11th for his neck C3-C$ which was fused in 2008. He has wires, screws, a plate and bengal cage in his neck. Does anyone on this board that has this in there neck can tell him what type of rating they got so he will know what to expect.

What I am trying to say is there anyone here on this board besides my husband that has this hardware in there neck, and if so what is there rating or ratings.

Thanks in advance for your replies.

He should be rated under code 5241 for spinal fusion. It will be based on the range of motion. so look up the title 38 part 4 4.71a and scroll down to the spine ratings as they are many different varaibles for each percentage.

One thing to take into consideration is nerve related defects as they are to be rated separately according to the regs. so any raduculpathy associated with his neck at C4 throgh I believe C7 shoudl be covered but they will not volunteer to rate it. You have to ask for it and show medical evidence of the radiculpathy. That evidence is Nerve conduction studies and EMG's.

Does he have any shoulder or arm issues or has be been diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

J

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A Disabled Veteran is a person who served this country and bears the scars of that service regardless of when or where they served.

Treat them with the upmost respect. I do. Rejection is not a sign of failure. Failure is not an option, Medical opinions and evidence wins claims. Trust in others is a virtue but you take the T out of Trust and you are left with Rust so be wise about who you are dealing with.

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He should be rated under code 5241 for spinal fusion. It will be based on the range of motion. so look up the title 38 part 4 4.71a and scroll down to the spine ratings as they are many different varaibles for each percentage.

One thing to take into consideration is nerve related defects as they are to be rated separately according to the regs. so any raduculpathy associated with his neck at C4 throgh I believe C7 shoudl be covered but they will not volunteer to rate it. You have to ask for it and show medical evidence of the radiculpathy. That evidence is Nerve conduction studies and EMG's.

Does he have any shoulder or arm issues or has be been diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

J

Yes he has neck, both shoulders, both hands, fingers, both legs, both feets, and has bilateral Carpal Tunnel Syndrome issues. He was operated on for his right hand before he fell in 2008. Right hand stopped bothering him. But when he fell in 2008 right hand bothers him as well as left hand.

The last EMG he had was in 2008 after he fell. Plan to take those results with us to C&P exam. They may have to do another one.

He is trying to get IU. VA has sc his left knee injury a long time ago and in Sept. 2010 BVA granted him service connection for his cervical spine injury (fall in 2008). RO had denied him and he appealed to BVA. Prayerfully he will be granted IU. Thanks for the heads up on radiculpathy he certainly will ask about this.

DO you have any of these hardware in you and if so what is your rate for your fusion or fusions. Thanks again.

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Yes he has neck, both shoulders, both hands, fingers, both legs, both feets, and has bilateral Carpal Tunnel Syndrome issues. He was operated on for his right hand before he fell in 2008. Right hand stopped bothering him. But when he fell in 2008 right hand bothers him as well as left hand.

The last EMG he had was in 2008 after he fell. Plan to take those results with us to C&P exam. They may have to do another one.

He is trying to get IU. VA has sc his left knee injury a long time ago and in Sept. 2010 BVA granted him service connection for his cervical spine injury (fall in 2008). RO had denied him and he appealed to BVA. Prayerfully he will be granted IU. Thanks for the heads up on radiculpathy he certainly will ask about this.

DO you have any of these hardware in you and if so what is your rate for your fusion or fusions. Thanks again.

I dont have hardware I used a Bone Donor.

I am 100 percent based on the Neck and the effected nerves.

J

A Veteran is a person who served this country. Treat them with respect.

A Disabled Veteran is a person who served this country and bears the scars of that service regardless of when or where they served.

Treat them with the upmost respect. I do. Rejection is not a sign of failure. Failure is not an option, Medical opinions and evidence wins claims. Trust in others is a virtue but you take the T out of Trust and you are left with Rust so be wise about who you are dealing with.

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