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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
After years of suffering with sciatica pain, several rounds of epidural injections, and pills for my L4-5 herniated disk, my Dr. has suggested a diskectomy, laminotomy, and a foraminotomy. Of course he has sugarcoated the entire procedure. I would like to hear both positive and negative member experiences please. Thanks.


  • It's usually a good idea to get another opinion from a specialist not affiliated with the first doctor's practice. If all the cards line up, as back surgeries go, what they are proposing for you is not all that bad.

    Some hospitals are now doing it as an outpatient procedure, or you stay in the hospital overnight. Often relief from sciatic pain is immediate. My surgeon said his biggest problem is trying to rein in patients after surgery because they suddenly feel so much better and they want to do all the things they haven't been able to do for the months leading up to surgery.

    Of course, it is still surgery so there is a recovery period involved, and sometimes PT afterwards. There are restrictions on bending, lifting, twisting, etc. and driving and people are off work for a period of time.

    But if you have had sciatic pain for a period of time, and conservative measures have been tried and failed, you have two options: live with the pain or have the surgery.

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  • as a 43 year old man that's has had the very operations that you are proposing i can give you my story .he we go,car crash in the 1990s laminectomy L4/L5 reduced pain in leg but still back ache .until 4 years ago when pain down leg and sever back pain .back to the operation rooms this time a redo of original operation AND bilateral S1 discectomy .i now have facet joint hypertrophy on many levels and loads of scar tissue from the countless procedures and previous surgeries.i am in pain 24/7 and only sleep for max 3 hours a night .at the moment my wife and i are going to see my family doctor this coming Monday ..as the back ache has got to the stage where i cant cope any more ..so my friend my story is not a good one ..but you did ask ..maybe there are pep ole on here with a better story to tell .i just want you to know that even if you have i good result your back will always be weak and there is a possibility of more surgery later in life ..and don't forget every time you are opened up the weaker you get .but you are doing the right thing by asking around .i wish you well
  • I had a laminectomy all at the same time on L4,L5,S5,S1 and extensive foraminotomy on L5 root,S1 root and inferior L4 root all on the left side and it wasn't too bad.But I waited too long and had a lot of of irreversable nerve damage but I would do it again only I wouldn't wait so long.The pain was manageable and I was only in the hospital a few days.No PT was recommended as there was too much damage but I would highly reccomend this type of surgery with a neurosurgon.Best of luck. Turkersmom
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