Joshua J. Del Homme, PA

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  • 10666 North Torrey Pines Road

    La Jolla, CA 92037

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  • 858-455-9100

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I injured my lumbar in the line of duty and subsequently had a 2 level lumbar fusion 10 years ago. Pain developed in my thoracic region in 2006. My ortho determined that I had a bulge impinging on the spinal cord and a lysis of adhesions might work. I went to Dr. Stern for this procedure. Dr. Stern came into the room smacking gum much like a 1950's hood. He performed a cursory exam & immediately wanted to put a pain pump in my stomach to control the pain. I was very much against this and he basically said I was stupid to ignore this solution. He also stated that my thoracic bulge was insignificant. After, two months of debate with my wife we went back. After additional MRI he prescribed fusion & again said the thoracic was insignificant and the pain must be RSD. He put me on the Fentanyl patch, 100 times stronger than morphine. After six hrs on the patch I was falling down, shakin and projectile vomitin.
Long story short. I found Dr. Delamarter, and he said the prior testing, MRI etc. was worthless. His testing determined that the thoracic did indeed have a bulge which was impinging on the spinal chord and causing great pain. He performed a thoracic, T8, fusion. He states this bulge had become calcified and would have caused irreversible harm had it not been removed. The bulge was 6mm, not insignificant as Stern had cited. If I had stayed with Dr. Stern I would still have the thoracic bulge and associated pain, and would still be seeing the egomaniac Dr. Stern. To top it all off after leaving his care. After, recommending the invasive procedure of the pain pump and spinal fusion and prescribing the opiat fentanyl he replied to a request for work status that I could work without restriction for full work days. I guess he figured I could drive on mind altering opiate such as fentanyl. I believe he sent this irresponsible report because I left his care. I strongly suggest finding other doctor than this one, I am sure glad I did.

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My opinion only.
I injured my lumbar in the line of duty and subsequently had a 2 level lumbar fusion 10 years ago. Pain developed in my thoracic region in 2006. My ortho determined that I had a bulge impinging on the spinal cord and a lysis of adhesions might work. I went to Dr. Stern for this procedure. Dr. Stern came into the room smacking gum much like a 1950's hood. He performed a cursory exam & immediately wanted to put a pain pump in my stomach to control the pain. I was very much against this and he basically said I was stupid to ignore this solution. He also stated that my thoracic bulge was insignificant. After, two months of debate with my wife we went back. After additional MRI he prescribed fusion & again said the thoracic was insignificant and the pain must be RSD. He put me on the Fentanyl patch, 100 times stronger than morphine. After six hrs on the patch I was falling down, shakin and projectile vomitin.
Long story short. I found Dr. Delamarter, and he said the prior testing, MRI etc. was worthless. His testing determined that the thoracic did indeed have a bulge which was impinging on the spinal chord and causing great pain. He performed a thoracic, T8, fusion. He states this bulge had become calcified and would have caused irreversible harm had it not been removed. The bulge was 6mm, not insignificant as Stern had cited. If I had stayed with Dr. Stern I would still have the thoracic bulge and associated pain, and would still be seeing the egomaniac Dr. Stern. To top it all off after leaving his care. After, recommending the invasive procedure of the pain pump and spinal fusion and prescribing the opiat fentanyl he replied to a request for work status that I could work without restriction for full work days. I guess he figured I could drive on mind altering opiate such as fentanyl. I believe he sent this irresponsible report because I left his care. I strongly suggest finding other doctor than this one, I am sure glad I did.

Pros: None noted

Cons: He wanted to do costly procedures and did not believe what I was telling him.

 

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