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microdiscetomy question

catfishmanccatfishman Posts: 185
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
i have been having sciatic nerve pain for 1 year now, my mri showed bulging disc l4,l5 and a herniated disc l5,si. i have had physical therapy, been to a chiropractor several times in the past. i still do stretches, the ones i am able to do everyday. i take celebrex, gabapentin, and hydrocodone. i have a physical job as a material handler, lifting up to 70 pounds. i am fine most all day long, the pain comes from sitting mostly after work, even if only a short time. i am not sure if i am ready for a microdiscetomy yet, the neurosurgeon said i would benefit from having it done. oh i also have had 4 steroid epidural injections, that only helped for a short time. my lower back has also been hurting more on the left side. i am worried i might have bad luck with the surgery and not be able to support my family. i am not overweight at all, 5"9" 170 lbs. anyway it seems most people on her that have had a microdiscectomy have to have more and more operations down the road, are there any good outcomes at all? if i did not have to worry about being able to do my job, that i like very much i would get the surgery tommorrow. thanks for any response.


  • You are certainly warranted to be cautious. Like any other profession, there are good, average, and bad surgeons.

    Have you tried traction?

    Usually conservative therapies are tried first before surgery.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • no i have not tried traction yet, i do get on my inversion table every morning for about ten minutes. what other conservative therapies are there?
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