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Herniated Discs L5 -S1

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:38 AM in New Member Introductions
Looking for some suggestions on how others have addressed this with surgery.


  • Which specialty is typically recommended?- neurosurgeon vs orthopedic surgeon for repair of herniated disc L5-S1
  • There are a tremendous number of variables here, unknown variables. If you haven't seen a spine specialist yet (either ortho or neuro), I think that would be the thing to do. Either one will be able to evaluate your condition and make recommendations based on what they find.

  • This is strictly my personal opinion but I have had many docs tell me that if they had to have any spinal surgery done on themselves they would opt for a neuro. Because of the fact that neuros are used to working with delicate nerves so would be more gentle during the surgery making for an easier recovery. Orthos are used to working with bones which are not that fragile so they may tend to be a little rougher during surgery making for a little more soreness during recovery. This all makes perfect sense to me so I would opt for neuro. Regardless of which you choose you do want to make sure that they specialize in the spine. Good luck and keep us posted.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. be sure and check out the "Back and Neck surgery" forum for more input. :D we also have lots of videos and doctors info.. good luck and have a look around. make yourself at home and keep us informed. =D> Jenny :)
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