Forget about my pain for a minute, this what the first surgeon said I need to have done: The first surgery I need to have done involves areas L4-4 and L5-S1. Those areas are the worst of my MRI. To get at the pressure on the nerves as they leave the spinal canal (that "foraminal stenosis)- he makes a small incision lower abdomen, below the belly button, pushes things aside, dilates the space between L4-5 & L5-S1 & insert spacers made of PEEK. Up to 5% bleeding but he works with a vascular surgeon to avoid it. Then I'm turned over... for
A small incision is made- very small midline low back & he gets to L4-5 posteriorly where my pressure, spinal stenosis, needs to be relieved by a laminectomy. It can only be done from the back. He explained the procedure and mentioned that 5% of the time, sometimes the covering of the spinal canal, the "dura" sticks to the bone they remove and you geta leak...that they fix.
A good five hrs. for the surgery & I'll be asleep. Depending on how it looks, I may need to have the front areas screwed together...to stabilize it.
Some time down the road- maybe years, he says I'll need to have the spaces at L-1-2, L2-3 and L3-4 taken care of. He is trained to do it from the side with PEEK spacers and an endoscope to allow for less pain & faster recovery. For the first surgery- 1-2 days in the hospital & 1-2 weeks of inpt rehab and home.
The other surgeon (a bit more experienced, perhaps) said he'll do all three surgeries in one day. Five days in the hospital, 12 days in rehab.
Has anyone ever had "3" surgeries done in one day?
Please advise, I'm really afraid but I need to make a decision soon. You may email me privately as well.