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Contemplating Back Surgery

swingdancerssswingdancers Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am strongly considering back surgery for my spondy L5-S1. I found out about this issue in 2004 and have started having chronic problems since January 2010. I got into a very bad car accident in April this year and chiro treatment hasn't relieved the pain. I've seen a neuro for confirmation and now I just saw an ortho. Even if I was getting some relief from chiro, I just got hit again on Monday and now my back is in excruciating pain.

My ortho said he could do shots to help with pain management but the instability of the spondy is just causing more problem and recovery is harder. I just want to not have back pain anymore. After 2 years, I've had enough.

As dance instructor who hasn't been able to really commit to my trade or has just taken the pain and lots of pain killers, I think I need to do something drastic to make this go away! I don't want to worry about pain patches, pain creams, pain meds, etc when it's only temporary and minor bumps just pop everything out of place again.

Am I making the right decision to do back surgery?


  • None of us can tell you if you are making the right choice.

    I can tell you that when I decided on my lumbar fusion- I was at the point where my life revolved around staying close to the house, popping pain pills, not being able to walk more than 10 minutes ... I waited a long time, but it took that long to find out my true diagnosis.

    You know when you are ready. Be sure to choose a surgeon who is fellowship trained. Realize that the recovery for lumbar fusion is brutal. You will hurt worse for some time before you start getting better.

    I had a very successful PLIF, but it was 3-6 months before I really started feeling the benefit of the surgery.

    Good luck,

  • I had spondy at L4-5 and a couple of years ago had a fusion which is successful. I'd got to the point where I knew I didn't want to be in 24/7 pain for the rest of my life, and that was the right time for me to go for surgery.

    Recovery will take a LONG time and you won't be able to go back to dancing for quite some time. My surgeon aims for 80% - 90% pain reduction, and that's what I've achieved. You'll have to really look after yourself during this time.

    It would be worth making an appointment to see a fellowship trained surgeon, even perhaps getting a couple of opinions.


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