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L5 S1 surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:38 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

For the past 20 months, I have had chronic groin and back pain. At first my doctor recommended a urologist because of possible prostrate problems. None of the urologists said I had a problem. After trying about everything, I finally had a MRI, and it showed that I have a herniated disc on L5-S1. I am scheduled fr surgery in 10 days.

I am worried that the surgery won't resolve my issues. My pain includes erectile dysfunction. Viagra and Cialis sometimes help, but whenever I get aroused I get severe pain in groin and buttocks. Massage therapy helped with this issue, but I moved recently and it made the pain even worse. I am worried that my ED will continue post-surgery.


  • Continuing ED is, of course, a possibility, but if your nerve is being compressed by the disc material that is herniated from the vertebral space, getting it out of there may help. I would say this will not happen immediately -- nerves often get riled up from surgery, even if they have pressure taken off them, it takes time for them to "regenerate." When you moved, were you lifting things and bending and twisting? You won't be able to do that for a while after surgery, so do be careful. Are you having a discectomy, fusion, laminectomy? At any rate, I hope it helps you. My fusion hasn't cured all of my pain but it certainly has relieved me of the stabbing, electric voltage-like pains that used to course through my butt and down my legs. Hopefully, this will bring you substantial relief.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • lsteller,

    Thanks for the advice. I am getting a microdisectomy for my L5 S1. From what I have heard from many people, it is a very routine procedure.
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