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L5 S1 Surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am supposed to have the surgery on December the 5th 2009 on L5 S1. I need to know what I will need after the surgery and what I may need before.

I think that I am going to change the date for the 7th if I can.

The MRI says at L5 S1 there is moderately advanced loss of disc signal with a 4-6 mm central disc protrusion and mild ligamentous thickening. The spinal canal does remain well in excess of a centimeter. There is however moderate compromise of the left and right lateral recesses, with contact of the S1 nerve root sheaths, as well as moderate neural foraminal compromise bilaterally. There is contact of the exiting L5 dorsal root ganglia.This could result in bilateral L5, as well as S1 radicular-type symtoms from this level.

What area do I need to look at for what I need after surgery again? :jawdrop:


  • Did you mean December, 2009? 11 months from now? That seems like an awfully long time to wait. I hope it is sooner.

    The biggest thing is watch your body mechanics - no bending, lifting or twisting. Do that once and you could completely reherniate/destroy your surgery.

    I will be thinking of you,

  • Good luck tomorrow with the SCS procedure and hopefully for deminishing pain. Let us know how things work out.
  • Iam sorry I meant January 5, 2009. I want to change to 7th of January, 2009. Thanks for the encouraging words.
  • Why is your surgery date so far in the future? Surely the surgeon or you could request an earlier date. I do, however, understand scheduling the procedure around work commitments and when help is readily available at home, etc. I know that I could not have gone through the last four weeks without my family being there for me.

    Your MRI results sounds very similar to mine with a few exceptions. My spondy resulted in severe bilateral neural forminal stenosis at L5-S1 which (after 15 years)started effecting the right hip terribly. At this point in time, I don't regret having the surgery, but I wish I would have known more about the recovery process and the time frame involved. This forum has been the best source for information and support. Best of luck to you. :)
  • Do you have someone? Do you have a grabber?

    Fortunately I had my wife to drive me home and let the nurse in to change my dressing and so forth.

    Good luck to ya.

  • Okay, that makes more sense. Sounds like tomorrow (or Wednesday) is show time. Good luck, and like motorator said, don't forget the grabber. It's $10 at Wal-Mart and probably the best advice given to me before the surgery. I used it just a few minutes ago to help put laundry into a basket so my husband could start a load (I don't trust my husband to sort himself - ha!). Just remember to refrain from any bending, lifting and twisting and you'll be fine.

    Best of luck.
  • Definitely get a grabber, or 2. I think I have 2 or 3 of them. One stays in the bathroom, one in the kitchen/living room, and one in the car. LIFESAVER! Stop by Walmart on the way to surgery and get one. You won't believe how helpful and amazing it can be. (They are usually up front by the aisles - you can always ask someone.) Best $10 you can spend!

  • Some one please tell me where to look for this list of items that I will need after surgery.

    Thanks And May God Bless You All
  • It's one of the stickys first listed on this forum. In fact, I added a couple items to the list just a few minutes ago. :)
  • Well good morning or evening to all. I thank everyone for there information that helped me a lot before the surgery.

    I have had the surgery with success. The disc was pincing on right and left side of the nerve. I don't have any of the old pain, but I have the pain from where they cut me.

    The Doc gave me narco for pain and Robaxin that don't work at all. It seems as if I am not taking anything.

    Can someone give me some type of therapy I can do to releave the pain.
  • Just page the Surgeon. There should be someone on call. I hope you get some relief. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I am going to have the same surgey on 1/15/09...and I'm interested in the recovery process. What to expect and what not to do. I work full time at a desk job and wonder when I will be able to return to work. Maybe you can shed some light...I hope all is well.
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