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Unread 10-23-2009, 09:59 AM   #41
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Does anyone know where you can find additional information about the long term results from this Dr. can be found. I have heard good and bad about this surgeon and right now, the bad outweighs the good. Would like to read some additional info if anyone can lead me to another website or anything.
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Unread 02-15-2010, 05:46 AM   #42
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The "repetitive criticism" about Jho, that is mentioned in previous post does not originate in vacuum! I would say wholeheartedly that I DO NOT TRUST this person. Never in my life had I encountered a physician that has so little compassion, kindness, patience, or interest in his patients. On the other hand, he certainly has more then just excessive mounts of ego, marketing skills and rudeness. Note: there is an exception, and it is if you are a “celebrity” wrestler. In such a case Jho will take a photograph of you and him., and even smile… The large number of negative remarks one can find in various web sites and forums come from many other that share the same personal experiences and impressions I had. I read a post that blamed it on his ethnic origin. Nonsense, any normal person that lived in our country for so long has some minimal people skills regardless where they came from. The wait time is his office was usually more then 2 hours, and no one would ever explain or appologize for this. The courtesy of the staff competes Jho's attitude. Jho did not examine me seriously (and his PA that helped him was realy inexperienced and with very little medical and clinical skills). In most cases Jho will basically only look at you MRI and will usually offer to operate (if you want it) - even in cases when most other surgeons would advise conservative managment. There is NO post surgical care, and Jho practically dumped me and instructed to follow with my primary physician. You do the math. Overall, the results I had were way below my original (naive) expectations.
He is yet to publish a serious peer reviewed article showing the value of his “technique”. Until then, his surgeries might help you or not, depends on your specific clinical problem, as well as your luck. I suggest you meet with at least one other neurosurgeon or spine surgeon before you make any decision.
This is the exact experience I had as well. I am so glad you described it perfectly!!! I am starting to think all of these other people went to a different doctor. Please people listen. It is the weirdest doctors office I have ever been to in my life. People will do anything for a miracle or a less invasive surgery on their spine so they want to believe it is true. But it isn't. Since this person had the same exact experience as me, I know it is the norm not the abnormal.
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Unread 03-27-2010, 04:54 PM   #43
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I would not use Dr. Jho at all. Although, I had the surgery at c-5, c-6 it did not help me at all.

As a matter of fact, my neurosurgeon did not recommend surgery, as he stated that my herniation was too close to my spinal cord.

So, I flew down to see Dr. Jho in May'04....he said my surgery will help you!

So, I scheduled surgery for Nov.'04. After surgery, Dr. Jho came in and said, (get this) he was unable to get to the herniation at c-6....because it was too close to my spinal cord.

He did shave the herniated disc at c-5, and he said he shaved c-6 about 10%, but was afraid to do much more. Also, he did say he cleaned out the bone spurs.

Regardless, the surgery did not help at all.

And then, to top it off. I work for a major airline and had to have a Dr's note to be released to return to work full duty, with no restrictions.

Dr. Jho, stated he would not do that....he didn't want the liability. I called his office numerous times and his office manager told me, that was not going to happen, that he could not put that in a note.

I even had my personal physician call, and he told her he would only send a note to return me to work full duty....that he would not agree to the no restrictions language.

My nurse, I was dealing with at my company and I had spoken to her numerous times, explicitly stated, the note from Dr. Jho must state...released to return to work full duty, with no restrictions.

Fortunately, the nurse was off the day the fax came in from Dr. Jho only releasing me to work full duty. (he left off with no restrictions). And I was processed to return back to work, luckily, only because she wasn't there.

I was appalled that this man would not accommodate my request, and almost took away my livelihood.

I can not in good conscience recommend Dr. Jho to anyone. So, if you decide to use him, don't say I didn't try to warn you. But good luck to you, whoever you use.
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Unread 04-03-2011, 02:33 PM   #44
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Angry Beware of dr.jho in pittsburgh

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how long ago did you have the procedure?
one year ago almost to the day.i am now an invalid and can barely use this keyboard.
I will say this....jho is a charlatan.he humiliated me screaming and yelling in front of 30 people.i am a former olympic athlete and am now defenseless but i let him have it by screaming the truth back at the lying poor soul.
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Unread 05-31-2011, 12:51 PM   #45
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Confused waiting for Dr. Jho's surgery

I am scheduled for a consult with Dr. Jho 6/6 and surgery 6/7. I have seen three other NS's and they all said they could not help me except for a spinal fusion. (cervical) Dr. Jho after seeing my images said he could help me without the rods and plates the other dr's wanted to do. I do have neck and head and face pain. My fingers have lost all their strength and they tingle and feel numb and sometimes painful and I can hardly write or type any more not to mention the normal chores all people have to do. My coordination is bad and has gotten worse over the last several years. It is hard to walk down the stairs and my gait is not right. Picking things up from below and reaching up to get something is also very painful. I was told by the other dr's that a spinal fusion would be very painful. I would have to be on pain medication for 6 months, and my neck motion would be limited. I also read on the net that this procedure would have to redone a couple of years later as scar tissue would form over the implants. I found Dr. Jho's website last year and sent him my images. He emailed me and said he could help me. It has taken me over a year to put all the details together since I live out of state and only have my daughter to take me. I was excited that I finally will have the procedure done (as eventually something would have to be done to relieve the pressure on my spinal cord) according to the other docs. But reading some of these posts have scared me to death. Now at this late date I am wondering if I am doing the right thing. I am 70 years old and live alone. I am trying to keep my independence for as long as possible and that requires a working body. But is Dr. Jho the answer? I would appreciate if any of you could give me some advice. Should I go through with it or not?
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Unread 05-31-2011, 01:51 PM   #46
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You make me feel a little better. I have an appointment with Dr. Jho for a consultation and surgery for cevical stenosis, bone spurs and herniated disc. All in my cervical spine. At this late date I am reading all these horror stories about him and his procedure and now I am scared stiff. I am 70 years old and want to retain my independence for as long as possible without going through radical surgery with appliance implants which I understand are problematic as well. I am wondering if my advanced age will hamper the results. Please respond.
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Unread 02-01-2012, 04:41 AM   #47
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You make me feel a little better. I have an appointment with Dr. Jho for a consultation and surgery for cevical stenosis, bone spurs and herniated disc. All in my cervical spine. At this late date I am reading all these horror stories about him and his procedure and now I am scared stiff. I am 70 years old and want to retain my independence for as long as possible without going through radical surgery with appliance implants which I understand are problematic as well. I am wondering if my advanced age will hamper the results. Please respond.
Love to hear from you if you had your surgery, but, I can tell you I have had very bad experience with Dr. Jho. If you have surgery and its sucessfull, you are in luck. If you dont and still have problems, Dr. Jho is very evasive, and doesnt want to do any follow up with you.
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Unread 02-13-2013, 11:35 PM   #48
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Default Dr. Jho's Occipital Neuralgia Nerve Decompression Surgery?

There seems to be a lot of patients of Dr. Hae-Dong Jho in this forum. By any chance have any of you had his nerve decompression surgery performed for Occipital Neuralgia (ON)? Or do you know someone who has had it done?

My friend with ON is planning on visiting him in Pittsburgh for a consultation and possible surgery in March. We are hoping to find a few people to share their experiences with us.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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Unread 05-04-2013, 11:30 AM   #49
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Hi,
I live in Dallas, TX too. I am glad that you have a positive experience with Jho. I am planning to have a Posterior endoscopic foraminotomy procedure to remove bone spurs from the cervical spinal canal (OPLL). Your comments about Jho makes me feel better.
Are there any other things to know or prepare for before the surgery?

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I just had Dr. Jho's Minimal Invasive Lumbar Stenosis Surgery on L4-5. I have had Lumbar Stenosis for about 4 years. The symptoms have continued to get worst over the last four years; the symptoms included leg pain, pins and needles, and weakness in my legs. I could not stand or walk for more than a few minutes without pain.
The local doctors I talked with in the Dallas area wanted to do standard decompression surgery which is called Lumbar Laminectomy. My father had Lumbar Laminectomy surgery about 20 years ago, took him three months to fully recover.

I found Dr. Jho on the internet, I liked what I saw and he accepts my insurance, which is Blue Cross/Blue Shield. With my plan the whole thing cost me the $150 co-pay.

Had the surgery the week before Christmas, that way I could recover over the holidays.

The discussion with Dr. Jho was that I have Lumbar Stenosis at L2-3, L3-4, and L4-5; this could be seen via my MRI, the worst being L4-5. Symptoms were common Lumbar Stenosis, but not specific enough to give Dr Jho confidence that performing decompression on only L4-5 would relieve all my symptoms. I tried to talk him into doing all three levels at the same time. But he stated that doing three levels raises the risks a lot, recovery is much longer and being under anesthesia for a long time is risky. He also stated if that doesn’t relieve all of the problems, I could come back to have other levels done. So I went with the doctor’s advice and agreed to do just L4-5.

The surgery started the next day at 7:30AM, I when under right at 7:30 AM.
I woke up at 10:30 in recovery. I then arrived at my room at noon. Lying on the bed I had very little pain. Getting up and walking to the bathroom was painful but nothing I could not take for a few minutes. The incision is ¾” and covered with a small band-aid. There is an area of about 5" around that is black and blue near the incision.

The doctor told my wife that the surgery went much longer than expected because I am very big boned and the channel was very tight, so they had to remove a lot of bone. I am 6’4” 250 lbs and have played basketball 3 times per week for 40 years.

Right after my surgery my stenosis symptoms were 95% gone, the only symptom that remained was a slight tingle in the heal of my left foot.

I had planned to fly back to Dallas three days after surgery, but I was feeling so good that I changed my flight to fly out on the second day after surgery at 7 AM, so I was on a plane less than 48 hours after the surgery. My wife pushed me thru the airport in a wheel chair, and I had no problem sitting in the plane.

Now 10 days after surgery I have no pain sitting, lying down and some pain when standing. Getting in and out of a chair or bed is some what painful; I would say it is 5 or 6 on a scale of 10. My stenosis symptoms are 98% gone. I can also stand up completely straight for the first time in years. If the post surgery pain goes away as expected I will be very happy with the work that Dr. Jho has done. I will submit an update in the next few weeks.
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Unread 05-10-2013, 01:35 PM   #50
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Hi,
I thought of sharing the information I received from few Neurosurgeons. So far I have contacted 6 of them. Three of them wanted to perform Laminectomy and two of them Laminooplasty for my OPLL from C3-C6. The sixth one is Dr. Jho who will be performing the minimally invasive posterior endoscopic decompression from C3-C6 in mid May.

Regardless of the outcome from the procedure, I just wanted to take chances with Dr. Jho. I have an option of Laminectomy if it does not work and if I survive the Jho's procedure

Well, also I heard from these doctors and some research on the internet that, we all OPLL lucky people have the NPPS gene that plays an important role for the OPLL. So this is the culprit.


You may research on the NPPS gene on the internet - you will find lot of information.

Thought of sharing this and wish me luck for the procedure from Dr. Jho.
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Hi,
I live in Dallas, TX too. I am glad that you have a positive experience with Jho. I am planning to have a Posterior endoscopic foraminotomy procedure to remove bone spurs from the cervical spinal canal (OPLL). Your comments about Jho makes me feel better.
Are there any other things to know or prepare for before the surgery?
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