Well Monday I had my forth count them fourth L4/L5/S1 laminectomy/discectomies and it was by the most painful. I have all the pain from the previous 3 and then some. I spent the night in the hospital on IV dilaudid as well as 10 mg x 2 pecocets and still didn't have good pain control. I am now at home on 10 mg x2 percocets every 4 hours and still have considerable pain. I had all the regular back and sciatic pain with additional pain around my inner thighs and in the area of my butt. The doc said that they took out as much scare tissue as they could and hopefully this would do the job but however I would need a 2 level fusion in the future and they could of actually done it this time but because of my age (38) they didn't do it. This was the most frustrating comment I could of heard considering I didn't get around well prior to surgery and that loss of some range of motion due to a fusion wouldn't of been a deal breaker for me. The down side is that with the previous 3 I had considerable pain post surgery and they ended up not working very well and I hate it, but foresee the same thing happening all over again but will now have to wait out this recovery before the subject of fusion is brought up once again. I had discussed a fusion with my Dr prior to this surgery but he said at the time it was not an option. For those that have had multiple surgeries at the same level were yours progressively worse as far as recovery pain went? And if so why is that? Anyway just thought I'd give an update, back to watching TV.
Microdiscectomy/Laminectomy/Foraminalectoy L4/L5/S1 Oct 2009, Mar 2012
Laminectomy L4/L5/S1 Dec 2009, Oct 2012, Dec 2012
Microdiscectomy and Synovial Cyst removal Feb 2013
St Jude Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted January 2014