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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Has anyone had any form of surguery involving the facet joint? this seems to be the root of my problem and is too stuborn to healing with injections and my pm doc says that this is the next step? anyone experience this? i dont think there is much they can do to repair a joint surgically? espically when my s1 nerve is affected too so idk if i trsut a neuro surgeon with a join prodcedure compared to an orthopedic!!! lol thanks guys!!


  • Hi SC,

    I'm sorry you're having this type of pain, here's what my OR notes state:

    L5-S1 facet joint excised (right), overlying bone & pars removal. Complete decompression of foramen, stenosis both distally/proximally at this level. Decompression S1 pedicle, releasing S1 nerve root.
    Decompression carried out to midline, progressed proximally beyond L5 pedicle, decompressing L4-5 level. Much resection hypertrophic ligementum flavum, lateral recess complete removal, 5 mm of pars spared. Contralateral dissection w/ removal of ligamentum flavum, osteophytes w/ contalateral dissection hemilaminectomy L4-5.

    Please make sure the NS or OS you see are fellowship trained and concentrate their practice on issues of the spine/back - this will give you the best chance of success and hopefully give you other options besides surgery.

    Hope this helps, please keep us posted.


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