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Quick question

doofddoof Posts: 131
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm having a discectomy/lami/foramenectomy on 30th July at l5-s1. This will be my 3rd op in that area in 3 years. The last 2 were l4-5 and l5-s1 but to the right of the spine, this bulge is on the left.

The surgeon says that the bulge is too big for anything other than surgery - I've seen it on the mri, it's not pretty. I also suffer from stenosis, so I guess he will be poking around sorting that out too.

My question is, how many times can they/will they do the above procedures in the same area before they go for fusion?

I was hoping my trips to the operating table were over, I'm trying to remain optimistic but I'm sure you can all understand why my smile is begining to slip.



  • ............... yes Mrs, once a spiney, always a spiney ........... love you loads

  • did i even open my mouth!!!! lol

    i know this is the second time you have posted this question doof so heres hoping you get an answer as i know you well enough to realise that this question must be bothering you.

    LOVE P
  • My surgeon was willing to do a 4th discectomy at L4/5 even though the disc(and the one below) had collapsed. I had 3 pinched nerves affecting both legs. I got more opinions because the 3rd surgery failed. I was convinced that disc just didn't want to be there. My other opinions were pain pump,SCS,or fusion. I went for the permanent fix, I was so tired of the 10 year rollercoaster ride. I had L4-S1 fused 1 1/2 years ago and I no longer drag my leg like a dead log. It was the right decision for me. For many of us it seems discectomies were just temporary band aids to get us by until fusion. I wish you the best and hope you get LONG TERM relief from your upcoming surgery.
    Faith M
  • I know you are still in hospital as I write this and know it will be a while before you are ready to sit in front of a computer , but I just want to send my best wishes for a smooth recovery for what we all hope is your last procedure. I value our friendship so much, never thought it would be years long that we would know eachother, but glad you are one of the positives I have gained out of this spiney life !
    Take very good care of yourself and we will meet for a coffee in chat as soon as you are ready.

    Best of Luck V xxx
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