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2 weeks until back surgery and bricking it

treowthttreowth Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:52 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
After 5 years since primary injury, and 6 months since a slip that led to cauda equina compression (no red flag symptoms) I am due to have a discectomy on L4-L5 & L5-S1 with coflex titanium springs fitted at both levels.

I do largely physical work and the occpational health doctor has intimated that I should never go back to that kind of work and that I should start thinking about other careers.

What scared me the most is him saying that usually one back surgery leads to another, with each one progressively less effective.

Has anyone has good results from similar surgery?

I am so scared at the moment part of me wants to back out from surgery.



  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    It sounds as if surgery or no surgery physical work is something you won't be able to do much longer. I found surgery was necessary when the symptoms occurred in my everyday life, disrupted work, etc. With surgery and stabilization you will have restrictions to take care of your spine but it may improve your quality of life.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • i am due my ALIF fusion this sept and i have gone from ;lets get it over and done with to i am not having it done ; MNAY TIMES !! so your not alone there .just try to take it in your stride and hope it all turns out well
    good luck
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • I feel like I swing between the two extremes many times each day.

    What is making it worse is I am having a rough time with my butrans patch due to the heat. I had to take it off Thursday and am having bad withdrawal symptoms matched with a return of pain down to my feet.

    Sorry - I am rambling on. I don't think my family or friends really understand how I feel or how scared I am.

  • I had surgery 18 months ago and like others was pretty scared beforehand, but it was the best decision I made and I have my life back again. The levels either side of my fusion are unstable, but so far so good and I'm not looking at more surgery in the near future.

    When family and friends haven't had severe back pain, they can't understand what you're going through.

    Hopefully surgery will improve your life even though there will be restrictions. Initially there will be bending-lifting-twisting restrictions, so check with your doctor about that. I think recovery from discectomy is about 6 months, so you will need to be very patient.

    Hope all goes well for you and do let us know how you go.


    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
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