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ldavis2333lldavis2333 Posts: 108
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:58 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had an Mri a couple of weeks ago. I've been in a lot of pain for a long time. There are small central herniations T10-T12 w/out impingement. Surgical changes of anterior fusion with cages. Small amount of enhancing perineural scar tissue around the right l5 nerve root in right lateral recess. Slight loss of disc height. Right and left lateral herniations at l2-l3 and l3-l4 encroaching upon and possibly irritating l2-3 nerve roots. Respepectively for L3-4. L5 partially sacralized.

The surgeon that did the lumbar fusion also did a cervical fusion C3-C7 with rods and screws. He admitted the fusion failed and should have gone down another level. He's been avoiding me and clearly does not want to continue treating me.

I had to find a new surgeon who is proposing a Laminectomy L2-4. I am questioning why he would do a Laminectomy without fusion. He said the problem was spinal stenosis. Don't get me wrong, I don't want more surgery than I need. I also don't want to be back here in 2 years for a fusion. He commented several times that I already had a fusion.

Don't mean to be so long winded, but I have been through hell. I am afraid of making the wrong decision. He also doesn't think I will get much back pain relief

I need to know if anyone here has had this kind of experience. I will be getting a surgery date tomorrow and don't feel confident. If anybody knows anything, it's here


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    ...your frustration. Surgery is not an option for me, so I can't speak to that but wanted to acknowledge your pain and frustration.

    I would think you should be able to talk with your doc a little more to have more confidence in what is happening and it is indeed the right choice.

    Doc may think since you had surgery previously, he doesn't need to say as much. I would just ask all my questions til it made sense to me.

    I wish you the best of luck to have your spine treated and your pain controlled!
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  • Hi Savage,

    My surgery is scheduled for 01/24. I will be seeing my PCP for pre-op on the 11th. I feel comfortable talking to her. I will discuss it with her. They are both in the same practice and she can relay to him my concerns. The surgeon has an all business approach. I can't even get out of bed most of the time.

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  • I was trying to help someone. I understand:)
  • Hi. Davis. Lami is the least invasive so i am sure he wants to try that before jumping to fusion. If it dont hapen to help then fusion can stil be done later. Just keep your fingers. Crossed and hope for the best.

    It might not be great but as long as nerve has no more pressure on it fusion might be avoided. Best of luck to ya with your surgery and let us know how it comes out, We will all keep our fingers crossed for your surgery will help and you have good recovery,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
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