I hope that maybe this helps someone who has a herniated L5S1 and the pain in the butt that it is (pun intended). I suffered over the past year with lower back issues. About 4 months ago I thought my back issues where over after seeing a Chiropractor for one month and my back feeling normal for the following two-three months so I started doing heavy exercises and stretching for about 2 weeks until my back pain paid me another visit, this time very upset at me. I went to the doctor and they gave in and said its been a year so lets get you an MRI. I got the results which where a herniated L5S1 disc pressing on my right side nerve. My chiropractor reffered me to a very good Neurosurgeon who recommended a microdiscectomy. After that I did research up on the internet to see what my options were and how what that surgery's success rate is. I got discouraged and was told by a lot of people to skip surgery at all cost's. I found a place on the web called the back institute in bevery hills, Ca. And they had a way to do the same surgery however far less invasive which I was attracted to. Everyone told me I was crazy to go all the way out to California to have this surgery when I live near Boston which has the best doctors in the country. I searched if anyone else did the same type of surgery but couldn't anything. About 7 days ago my pain go extramely worse due to I believe my muscle's seized up, so I was confinned to sleeping on the floor over the next few days, then about 5 days ago the pain was so bad I couldn't sleep, find a position to make the pain subside, and no drug would help the pain subside so I went to the ER and got admitted. There they gave me strong pain med.'s that via IV that helped for about 2 hours, I was scheduled for a microdiscectomy the following morning but canceled it and scheduled my trip out to California to get the surgery done at the back institute. My mother came with me for the trip out, the long plane ride was torture. After we landed we went directly to the back institute where they demanded 20 thousand dollars up front (this wasn't a surprise as they told me this over the phone). They told me my health insurance will cover the 20 thousand dollars but they wouldn;t do anything until they had this money and it had to be a money order or cash. This and the looks of their office seemed extremely shady to my mother and myself. It felt like we were being scammed and appeared that way to. The two doctors there were impressive though and sounded like they knew what they were doing but everything else was to say the least shady. The admin people were Ukraine and rude as all hell, I felt like slapping their admin lady who made me at one point get out of my gurney, get dressed, and go to the bank to get a check cleared right before surgery. The first day they put me to sleep and shot dye in my back and numbed my back/the s1 nerve so I felt no pain for the rest of that day/night which was a nice break. Finally got a full nights sleep. The following day I had the surgery done and was up and walking right after I woke up. I went to my hotel room and slept for the rest of the night. I woke up the next day (which happens to be the day I'm writting this) with no pain, can walk, and except for knowing my back was worked and my right foot being slightly numb it feels like the past month or so was a really bad dream. I'm currently flying home less than 24 hours post op and feel great. The incision on my back only required one stitch and is really small. So far so good
no need for pain pills yet. So I'm writing this now while its all fresh in my head and so far my only regret is how they (back institute) demands the 20 thousand up front, how up professional they seem, and their office look more like a dentist office than a surgical place of business. This is the day after my surgery so I will keep updating this forum if my pain increases and also if my health insurance does in fact pay me back the 20 thousand just so other people know. If everything goes as planned then I would highly recommened this over a microdiscectomy since they don't have to cut through the bone and it is less invasive. The doctor did scare me and say they might have to shave some of the bone to get their tools to the disc they needed to extract but I asked them afterwards iof they did and they saisd they didn't tough the bone. Anyways I'll keep this updated, sorry its so long winded, sorry for any mis-spelling as I type this from my airplane ride home. Hope this helps someone to decide to go to the back institute or not depending on how things go for me going forward.