Hi y'all! Hope the heat isn't making your healing processes impossible!!
I had my EMG done last month and got the results Thurs. Apparently there is extensive damage to my L4 & L5 nerves which is though to be the root of the intense leg & hip pain I've been experiencing. My orthopedic surgeon wants to go in and clear out the scar tissue that is causing those nerves to be "stuck", & while I think that that's kind of a exercise in futility I am definitely looking to try it & praying for success. My question is, the info that was written on the paperwork regarding the surgery says that I am having a spinal decompression which looks different to me than what I was thinking he was going to be doing. What can I expect? I thought the decompression was more for disc injuries and this is an area that's already fused so I'm scratching my head. I'd ask my doctor but I won't have a opportunity before surgery & he's difficult to reach. I don't know when the surgery will happen but he said as soon as the work comp people approve it we're going in so a week or 2, 3 tops.
Any ideas? Tips? He said to bring my brace with me (the same one I got when I was fused) & said I'd be in the hospital overnight at least so is this a more painful surgery than the hardware removal? I had a irrigation/debridement done in November to remove a chunk of gauze that a wound nurse had left in my incision and that was very painful but due to infection concerns they couldn't inject meds at the incision site. That was very painful... Just scared, don't know what to expect!!
Try to stay cool y'all!!