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MicroD Surgery ASA insurance co approves

WendeWWende Posts: 51
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi I just wanted to let everyone know. That I had a new mri and a second appt. with the neurosurgeon today April 15th. The neuro and his p/a both told me that nothing has really changed on my mri since last yr. The p/a did another neuro exam and found my left leg to be moderately weaker than the right. She also commented on my jumpy reflexes. We discussed my neck thing but, for the second appt in a row the doctor didnt not comment on my neck or say anything about pt for it so we will wait that out. The neurosurgeon and I both agree I have been going through this way too long to not have this surgery done. The neurosurgeon says the surgery will be an open precedure to relieve my L5/s1 paracentral herniation symptoms of leg pain and foot toe numbness with an 1 inch to 1 1/2 inch incision since my prominent symptoms are on the left side but i am also occasionally having right side symptoms also he is going to do it open so as to make sure he gets it all. I won't know what time the surgery is until the scheduling nurse calls me either today or tomorrow. I hope some of you will answer with post surgery tips so I know what I can look forward to and be aware of.

Thanks for all of your support,


  • Wende,

    All the best for your surgery. I am glad they are still doing the surgery. Hopefully this will make your pain less severe and maybe get rid of most of it for you. Let us know how it goes and the time if you can okay.

  • When you mentioned "jumpy reflexes" it jumped out at me. When I first went to my first spinal specialist, he was checking my knee reflexes. My leg always swings way out when they hit it with the little hammer. This doctor commented on it and he ordered a MRI of the cervical area. Needless to say I was really surprised as my problem was spondylolisthesis at L4-L5. But he told me that in people with hyper-reflexes there is some condition that has to do with cervical disc problems. I cannot remember what it is called...my MRI checked out normal, so I never had to learn more about it. Just thought I'd mention it...since you referred to your neck in the first post.
  • No bending, lifting, twisting, straining, hard sneezing, coughing, hard-laughing, shoving, nudging, dragging, jumping, running, sitting for long periods of time, carrying...

    ....hmm.... I'm sure there is a couple of other ones.
    The first 2 or 3 weeks after are real critical.

    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • Thanks for the words of encouragement. And paul thanks for the list of don'ts. :) Yeah its not the first time the p/a has commented on the reflexes. She commented on it during my first visit also. Maybe her and the doc aren't communicating since I told her on the first visit the base of my neck in between my shoulder blades has been bothering me off and on since this flare up began 8 weeks ago. Her response was PT its probably muscular. But even on this visit i still wasn't told to go to pt or sent for an mri. Guess we do one this at a time.

  • So you are finally taking the plunge. I am glad that you are taking the steps to get rid of the pain that has been bothering you way too long.

    I look forward to seeing posts on your successful recovery!!!

    Best wishes!
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    Hi wende

    Good luck! but I know you won't need it, everything is going to go well for you.
    Take it slow though, give the surgery a chance to give you the best results
    Looking forward to following your recovery.

    Liz hugs

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Surgery is probably not going to be until thursday unless we can get my insurance to approve, get my blood and xray tomorrow and see my pcp by close of business tomorrow. So if it doesnt work out that way surgery will be on thursday April 23. Either way its good. No matter when it is.
  • Wishing you a very successful surgery Wende! I'm having mine done on the 22nd...L4/L5.
  • I will be thinking of you please log on and let me know how it went. I noticed last night I don't have the back strength to plunge the kitchen sink. Have any of you noticed loss in back strength to do certain things?

    All the best to you paperwife I will be looking forward to hearing from you as we recover together. My surgery is tentatively April 23, 2009.
  • I just wanted to wish you good luck with your upcoming surgery. Make sure that you get a raised toilet seat, reacher and a sock aid. These things really helped out the first couple of weeks during my recovery.
  • I don't mean to be rude, Wende, put what the heck are you doing trying to plunge a kitchen sink with all your back problems?? Trying to use force to push down with your arms extended like that is something you should not be doing.

    I hope you have an idea of all the restrictions you will be under after your surgery and you are planning on following your doctor's instructions to a tee.

    Did you talk to the neurosurgeon about the "jumpy reflexes?"

    There is a cervical disk problem that has as a symptom overly exaggerated reflexes. When I went to see a spinal specialist for a lumbar problem, he sent me for a MRI of the cervical area of the spine just for this reason. I bring it up since you mentioned some pain in your neck, but you are having surgery at L5-S1.
  • Your the best!! :) The neck thing totally slipped my mind when we were discussing what he wants to do with my L5/S1. I have some stuff to discuss with them anyway since the insurance problems are ongoing and so I will be calling them tomorrow. I will do all of what the doc tells me to and not to do. We were just discussing toilet tongs in the chat room. As my aunt says I won't be able to wipe my own butt for a few days. I was wondering what kind of items I will need post op. Its not a fusion but it is a discectomy and the incision is going to be bigger since they arent using the tube.
    Thanks again,
  • Surgery is gonna be tomorrow 4/23/09 at 830 am. On the L5/s1. I have just gotten off the phone with the Ns office and everything is ready to go! Having a little anxiety but, the secretary said, "Don't worry try to relax everything will be alright!"

  • Don't chicken out this time! I hope it goes great and make sure and let yourself recover post-op. Let the chores go to the rest of the clan!

    Good luck...
  • I hope you are out of surgery by now and resting comfortably.

    Wishing you a pain-less day!!!

    Can't wait for the nightly cups of coffee.
  • Hope you're doing well now post-surgery. I know I'm feeling a million times better but not cured completely. I'd love to here your surgery story when you get the time.

    Happy recovery!
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