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ltstamplltstamp Posts: 39
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Well, my surgery (ACDF- 3 levels) is finally set for the 12th. My first surgeon had wanted to do surgery last December but then changed his mind and did a neucleoplasty. I had many people ask if the neucleoplasty was successful. I kept giving it time but eventually I was getting worse and worse.
The only issue now is that my lumbar is also an issue. As everyone here says chronic pain is so difficult. I have been fortunate to continue working but that is only because I was lucky with my job and that I could move or sit as I needed for the majority of my day. There are days now that I can barely walk.
So, I need to get through this surgery and then maybe next year they can do my lumbar.
I am excited with the prospect of possibility of even some of my pain gone and nervous at the same time.
I want to thank all of the people on this site that have put their stories up because they have been so much inspiration and help. I got my questions for the surgeon, supplies for my surgery and answers for my diagnosis all from this site.


  • Positive attitudes go a long way with this surgery. Sounds as though you have everything planned out, which is so important to a successful recovery. I completely understand trying the lessor of the two surgeries before committing to the fusion. It is kind of one of those things if you didn't try it you would have never known. The 12th will be here in no time at all, so go out and do something fun in the meantime and try to enjoy yourself. Good luck with surgery and keep us posted on your recovery and how your doing.
  • You do have a great attitude, and that will carry you far. I agree that it is a great idea to try the lesser surgery first, as I am currently doing. worth a try.

    You also seem to be well prepared and Tamtam is right, the 12th will be here in no time!

    All the best to you, please keep us posted.

    >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • Sounds like you are well prepared (a definite plus). Good luck and let us know how you are doing.

    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
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