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L5S1 Surgery Scheduled

scmgurusscmguru Posts: 103
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:40 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm going in the 1st week in Feb and I'm finally confident I've done everything in my power to try and resolve this non-surgically..

I'm 39 YO and was very active.. I've been suffering leg and pack pain due to a bulging L5S1 disc since early August.

I've gone through exercises to strengthen my core, I walk 3 miles+ a day, I've done chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, anti-inflamatories, 3 rounds of medrol packs and epidural injections.

3 MRI's over the course of 7 months have shown no improvement in the pressure being put on my S1 nerve.

Interestingly, my back pain has been reduced by about 70% over the last 7 mo, but my leg pain and tingling have not gotten any better.. in fact, I think it is worse.

I'll be having a L5S1 MicroD w/ bilateral foraminotomies to give my nerves some room.

I'll be sure to post a status update afterward.



  • Good Luck on your surgery and yes, please keep us updated on your progress. I'm sorry the other treatments didn't work out for you. If the disc is pressing on your nerve it's important to get that pressure off it in order to prevent possible nerve damage.
  • Good luck and keep us posted. I'm sorry conservative treatments didn't work but you are entering this surgery knowing you tried them. The microdiscectomies have good success rate...

    Listen to the doctor. No bending, twisting, lifting. It sounds easy until after the surgery. You'll realize how much you do these things in daily life. I suggest getting a "gripper" (they will probably sell them at hospital) b/c I found I dropped things more than I realized.

    Also, if you can...avoid driving yourself for 3 weeks b/c you jostle a lot in the car and if you are driving you are more likely to twist.

    The recovery isn't too bad. They will have you up walking shortly after surgery and after the first 4-7 days, your incision pain should feel better. You'll be tired but that's par for the course of any surgery. I think the 'toughest' part was being disciplined to treat the first 6 weeks-3 monhts seriously. You'll feel better but remember you are still healing.

    I know several people who are 3-10 years out and still doing well from their MicroDiscectomies.
  • please keep us posted and remember we are here for you!
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