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Back surgery? I think it is time.

phenom34pphenom34 Posts: 27
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I posted about this a while ago but I really have exhausted all conservative treatments and I think it is time to get this taken care of once and for all.

I herniated l5s1 pretty bad about a year ago either from working out (warmup set), sports, or moving furniture, not sure.

Its sucked the entire time. I did nsaids, pain killers, cortisone (oral & injections), spinal decompression, chiropractic. I got a little better over the summer symptom wise but...

Im back to school this year and sitting in class is killing me.

I can't lift anymore because i keep aggravating it in the most trivial ways.

Ive been through a few doctors and i found a pretty good spinal specialist who is willing to do the operation on me. He does the laproscopic percutaneous microdiscectomy. It seems pretty promising as all my symptoms are on the side of the herniation (indicating irritation on the nerves) which he think will pretty much all be cured.

Im 21 and i just cant put up with the bs anymore. Right now i got sciatica, stabbing in my back, numbness in my foot, groin, and ass and its just no fun.

I am a bit scared as back surgery seems pretty major to me and while this life threatening, it certainly is ruining my quality of life.

I've seen a few horror stories of people online getting bigger problems after surgery but this guy assures me it is pretty routine, not as drastic as it might seem, and his procedure is very successful in tons of people.

I got a new MRI and apparantly the disc hasn't gotten any better (Actually bigger herniation now).

He said my issues very well could go away completely and i should be able to lift again (although he wants me to be more creative in how i exercise and probably stay away from competitive powerlifting)

What should I do?


  • It is logical that once you have evaluated all the possibilities of what may have improved your condition has now been unsuccessful, the condition itself orders that priority of what should be done next.

    This stage is always a leap of faith into the unknown and never easy knows when to jump or not. Only you know what quality of life you have at the moment and that in itself should be part of the evaluation for yourself.

    Even here collect treatment have no standing where this is a personal decision and many here are incrementally working towards the same process as you in having to decide what the best option is. My own fusion was in 90 and my condition was that I could not walk was on the verge of having to stop work, what option did I have, waiting any longer was only just delaying the inevitable and those who have gone before us have had this similar cross road point.

    As you say we all need to look towards the positive and reality in not using those circumstance where it does not work or scare mongering anyone is not the best was to be supportive and although my own fusion failed I do not regret the only possible decision at that time. My experience is only reflective of me and not a general consensus of success, when it is our own condition that is under scrutiny the success and failure of others is more difficult to equate to our own personal circumstance.

    In reality only you have your condition and history, it is problematic for anyone other that your surgeon to decide what the best option is “ being ready ” is a place we all have to get too in order that we move on, you have tired your best with alternatives. You are entitled to be scared and who would not be, that sets the reality of the situation and with an expectation of some improvement, we all needed to see the future as more improved whatever the outcome than the reality of today and what we have to endure.

    Once those symptoms are with us time determines what our future holds and for the most part that sciatic indicator is a symptom of an underlying origin.

    You are young and good luck to you, John
  • Hi, I can tell you about my experience....On August 11, 2009 I had a microdiscectomy on L5-S1 for a disc extrusion that measured 14mm x 14mm. It was displacing the S2 nerve. I injured myself the first week in July 2009. All of my symptoms were in my left butt cheek. For a month I was unable to sit down without horrible pain that would build and build until it was unbearable. It progressively got worse and worse in the months time. It also got to the point were I couldn't not be on my feet or walk a very short distance. I got nearly complete relief from the pain if I was horizontal, especially if I laid on my stomach, so luckily I was always able to sleep. Early on, I tried a few sessions of PT and a round of Prednisone. With things only getting worse and worse, I went and saw a neurosurgeon on August 7th, and had surgery five days later! I was so lucky to be able to get in so soon, as I had become completely disabled. My relief from pain was immediate after surgery. The first week after surgery was a little rough, but I never took a single pain med, they made me feel terrible in the hospital, so I never filled the prescription. Now, two months later, I am pain free, but not symptom free. I still have sensations(tingling, tightness)in my butt. Doctor says it can take 6 months to see if it is going to go away, or is permanent. At some point I would like to get another MRI to see if my back is OK, and so I know what is going on. My nerve was only displaced for one month, so I thought I would not have any lingering affects...that is disappointing...but at least I am not in pain it is just annoying! I am 45 and in very good shape, I recovered quickly and felt great after two weeks. I went back to work(on a horse farm) after 4 weeks. I highly recommend you stop waiting and get the surgery. If you have a bad herniation, it isn't going to go away on it's own. Stop suffering and go do it! Good Luck, let us know what you do.
  • I did not have the laproscopic version of the surgery. My herniation was dead center on my spine and the surgeon felt he wouldn't be able to access the disc well enough from the side, which is how the laproscopic version works, I guess. I had a two inch incision on the left side of my spine and he made a small dime sized hole through the vertebrae to reach the disc parts that needed removing. So hopefully, your surgery would be even less invasive and your recovery even quicker!!! :o)
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