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After fighting with worker's compensation and having had an independent medical exam which proved I needed "neural decompression", I was approved for and had the "accurascope" procedure on September 9th. The staff were very professional. I couldn't be more pleased with how they treated me and the facility was excellent.
I settled in Dayton the day before the procedure and I had a pre-op appointment where they carefully explained what I was to expect and showed me where to go the next morning.
Surgery day I was given Versed, which is as close to being under General Anesthesia without being under General Anesthesia. I didn't remember much at all except at one point my right ankle hurt and then I remember being in the recovery area.
I had been told before surgery that I could have some leg weakness after surgery which would be a normal reaction to the treatment around the nerve roots. I did in fact have some right leg weakness in the shin muscle and still have some, it is getting better and better. You know how everyone wants you to walk on your toes and heels? Well, I couldn't walk on my right heel because my foot wouldn't point upward. I can lift it up a little bit now. I can tell it's getting better because the associated severe "sunburn" feeling on the top of the right foot has gone away so the nerve is healing.
Aside from the right foot weakness and pain, my left leg/foot (leg I was having the most problems with) immediately felt a lot better. Overall I felt terrific aside from the right foot issues.
I started PT two weeks later and have been exercising mildly in the pool. I reccommend going somewhere that has a pool so you can start working out the muscle/ligament imbalances slowly with less gravity resistance. I get sore after PT still and some symptoms have gradually returned, but I think it is normal in regards to the healing process. My hamstrings and Quadricepts are sooo tight from improper usage and not stretching for over a year that it will take some time.
Overall, I am happy I had it done so far. Time will tell, but I am so glad they only left a 1/4 inch incision. I hardly know I had surgery at all. In fact, i call it a "procedure" instead. My only regret is that I didn't try this first instead of listening to my other docs who wanted to cut stuff. I think it's worth looking into before doing anything more invasive.