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Considering microdiscectomy (Obese)

ethanheethanh Posts: 4
edited 08/04/2013 - 8:40 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am suffering from Herniated Disc, Disk Prolapse at L4-L5, L5-S1. Stenosis, Lumbar spondylosis and disk bulge with cauda equine syndrome (I know it is clinical emergency)

It has been 5 months and Physio Therapy did not helped. The sharp shooting pain is travelling from my left buttock to knee. I can’t move. Also tried TENS from Physio Therapist.

I am 29 Y M and weight 110 kgs (242 lbs). The pain is very bad and its just like a knife stabbing me. I can’t turn towards my left while sleeping and currently sleeping on my right side for 5 months now. Hot fermentation and meds are of no help at all.

Should I go for microdiscectomy? Is there any chance that I will be paralyzed? Do I have to go through another surgery in the future if I do not change my lifestyle? Please advice what to do if I go through the surgery.

Please advice. Is there anything else I can try? I am really afraid of surgery and I've 2 small kids.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 08/04/2013 - 8:44 AM
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    There is nobody qualified to give you advice, you will need to discuss the options with your doctor

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • kamgramkkamgram Posts: 483
    edited 08/04/2013 - 5:50 PM
    Hi ethanh, I feel your pain, both physically and emotionally. I have had back issues since age 20 while pregnant with first child. I was not overweight but unfortunately bad genes were my issue and even though I am now very overweight most of my issues continue to be genetic. 7 out of 8 in immediate family have joint issues and joint replacements. It makes the recovery so much harder for me. I have had 4 spine surgeries and 2 knee surgeries and a knee replacement coming August 16. I have lost 20 pounds in a month and need to lose 55 more before Dec before spinal fusion be doctor's orders. I did have issues during lamenectomy of L4-5 in Oct 2008 because of weight and surgeon said it took twice as long and had hard time repairing. I reherniated later and had another lamenectomy but as soon as I found out I had to have surgery again I managed to lose 25 pounds and it did help. For every 1 pound we lose it is 5 pounds pressure off back and knees. Not saying you will have issues but I would talk to doctor about how he can help with weight loss and talk to him about any fears you have. Please keep in touch and let us know how things work out.

  • The spondy is likely what will make a micro-d futile.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • My surgeon is not wanting to operate at the moment and advising to reduce some weight first and continue doing TENS from therapist. I dont know if I am on bed rest,how can I reduce weight? lol

    If I can manage to live with the pain, should I avoid the surgery? As I think my back cannot take the weight of my torso after the surgery.

    Please advice...

    Many thanks to all for your time in reading this.
  • I have managed to lose 21 lbs in a month with no exercise due to severe back and knee pain. I am having a knee replacement next week so no exercise for past 8 months and now no swimming for several months after knee replacement but I am determined to lose 54 more lbs by Dec before spinal fusion.it may take a little longer but weight loss can be accomplished without little to no exercise. Hope you are able to maybe lose some weight and see how your back feels... maybe it will help the pain enough so you won't need surgery :)
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