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Discectomy surgery--NS or OS?

deleki1ddeleki1 Posts: 2
edited 05/17/2013 - 6:48 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello I am new to this sight. My husband who has experienced back pain for 2 years with
sciatica pain down leg for past 6 mos.
After trying all avenues and alternatives he has finally decided surgery is the answer
after visiting with NS and OS. I'm leaning towards NS with 1/2" cut as opposed to 4" scar
from OS. They stated it will be a bilateral microdiscectomy L3-5, S1.
We are self pay due to pre-existing clause in husband's insurance policy.
I am looking for testimonials from individuals who have experienced this same surgery and what type Dr you used?
Did you stay in hospital or was it done as out patient? Thanks for any/all input--obviously myhusband is a nervous wreck!
I've also been told to only use someone with a spine fellowship. Is anyone familiar with this?



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    The decision to use one type of surgeon over another is best left to the patient. Is there one that your husband and you are feeling more confident in? Feel like they understand your husband's condition better than the other? A discectomy is a shaving of the disc material so that it is within the margins of the vertebra, and can be done through either a microsurgery ( smaller incision) or the larger open incision. The micro incision causes less trauma to the muscles in the spine and the recovery is usually a little quicker, but I would go with the surgeon that you feel most comfortable and confident in.
    The board certification that you were talking about is when a surgeon undergoes some extra training to become more proficient in a special area- spine surgery is an example. I wouldn't have surgery with someone who isn't board certfied.
    Good luck with your husbands' surgery and I hope that he is quickly on the mend.
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