I have had open lami/disc L4-L5 (1993) and micro disc L5-S1 (2009...thanks to a stoned driver who used me as a stopping device). Since then L3-L4 has herniated. The research I have done, I am very interested in the accurascope, however I live on the east coast and several trips to Texas is not feasible.
Does anyone know of an an alternative procedure based on the same technology...entering through the base of the spine and traveling northward through the spinal canal to clean up all the damage and "garbage"? I am a RN and aware of many procedures and outcomes of those procedures. The accurascope (or similar device) looks like the least debilitating and the quickest recovery covering most my issues. I also have a lot of "garbage" at L4-L5 (calcification and scar tissue that is creating nerve intrapment...so I know, that may entail another procedure to rectify).
All orthos and neurosurgeons have advised me that my only alternative is spinal fusion. I have witnessed one too many in the operating room and the numerous returns (infections, failures). I also have dears friends that have chose that option with great regret. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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