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My L5/S1 Experience. Does this sound right?

neilpk70nneilpk70 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:03 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I went in for an L5/S1 decompression last Thursday. The doctor was determined, by 6AM on Friday that I was going home that day, even though I had stated that I was in severe pain, and was also experiencing fairly extensive numbness. Is that normal?

Also, all of the videos, pictures and articles I've seen, there's only one incision. My surgeon used 2 incisions, about two inches to either side of the spine. Why would that be?

I wondered if it was because I was originally supposed to have minimally invasive done, but he told me on the operating table that he couldn't do it, because he didn't have the tools there. I asked how long the recovery was for the traditional method, and he said "about the same". Does that sound right?


  • No, it sounds wrong right from the get go. The Dr. didn't have the tools he needed? That tells you something right there. For me it would of been time to reschedule the operation. Iff he didn't have the tools what else was missing?

    For you to be in that kind of pain and still be released seems strange. Any time I've told a Dr. (many) that I wasn't doing well I was kept in the hospital until I felt better or they knew why I wasn't doing well.

    How many opinions do you have prior to this operation? Seems from what you described its time to get a few more opinions and another Dr.
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