Had fusion of L5-S1 and decompression-laminectomies of L2, L3 and L4 on July 16, 2010. The plan was that the fusion would relieve my facet joint pain and the laminectomies would relieve my tingling in both feet, weakness in legs and numbness in right calf.
Returned to surgeon yesterday for check-up. I still have facet pain, exactly the same pain as before the surgery. NO IMPROVEMENT AT ALL. The surgeon's answer was that the surgery didn't work fo me and that "we don't do facet pain well", WHAT??? Could you have told me that before the 10 hour surgery?? Before the 4 days of intense pain in the hospital? Before the 2 weeks in the hospital!!!?? WTF?
I have improved in other areas, I can now stand straighter and the numbness in right leg is 75% better. The right leg went numb in Jan 2010 and now is getting better, so I hope that the other things that happened in Oct of 2008 will eventually respond. But I would give it all up for the back pain relief that I didn't get. When I told the surgeon that I do better walking with a cane his response was " a cane, that's not bad". Yea right, 50 years old and I have to use a cane for the rest of my life!
That's for letting me vent.............