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Spoke with my PCP today...

buckeyebackbbuckeyeback Posts: 384
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
(primary care physician). He wasn't in that role BEFORE my first procedure and he told me that outside of a few exceptions, no surgeon should perform surgery to treat a disc "bulge." There are too many other minimally invasive ways to treat it (PRP, PLDD, IDET, nucleoplasty etc).

I have to agree. Unfortunately he wasn't my PCP at the time I was dealing with my issues. Fortunately I am feeling better, but my last procedure wasn't another micro-d like the one before that exacerbated my issues.

Please be careful and definitely get 2nd and 3rd opinions even though you feel eager to "get it fixed." Remember, you can't unring a bell after it's rung.



  • I must say that I wholeheartedly agree with you.
  • Very sound advice indeed. If my problem had been only bulging discs, my preferred method of dealing with them would have been to have the procedure where the wire is inserted into the disc center and heated. This then shrinks the disc, pulling it back into the confines of the vertebrae, releasing any pressure on the nerves. Most of the stuff I had read on that procedure seemed to find that it worked well. Could be some folks had problems with it, but it sounded like the preferred way to go for me. Unfortunately, I had scoliosis, DDD, Spondy, and three severely blown out discs that weren't going to shrink back into the disc space for all the tea in China. Geez. If that weren't bad enough, I just had my one year check up today. I'll be posting about that on another thread. You will see how disappointed I am.

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