I know it is an individual choice but when do we give up with surgery? how much is too much? it seems like we reach a point of no return when it comes down to surgery. I've had 4 back surgeries with a possible 5th next year. i might have hardware removed and a stenosis decompressed. but 5 seems like a lot to have. i know surgeries cause scar tissue and other problems, but if one thinks they need another to fix then what. one dr says no more surgery and another thinks it might be a possibility in the future. if so then one might get the reputation of a person who is knife happy. i am inclined to have one more to get out hardware and fix stenosis but this might cause instability on the disc above it. is there someone who has had more than 4 back surgeries and has it worked. my surgeon told me a story of a back dr who fused all lumbar disc in back so there would be no surgeries
5 would seem to be the max for me but what if this causes something else
I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.