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Worried - Severe disc prolapse - Surgery is the only option and booked

davemulddavemul Posts: 1
edited 09/28/2013 - 7:41 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all.

I'm a 33 male, pretty fit and healthy. Probably a common scenario you've heard but I had quite bad sciatica for the past 7 months after injuring what I thought was a hamstring in the gym. A month or so ago the pain got 100% worse and I had an MRI scan (can I post the pic?) that showed a severe prolapsed lower disc (the lowest one on my left side)

After consultation with an Orth surgeon, surgery is booked for the 16th October (discectomy) I am also going to consult a neuro surgeon swell.

Im just pretty worried about the procedure and recovering / success. It's a major operation, my only / first major op in my life.

I'm trying to soak up all the info on this site but would just like to read words of advice from people who have been down the same road as I have.

I know it's a hot debate between Orth & Neuro. The Orth surgeon I have initially consulted seems a nice guy and says he has done hundreds if not a thousand of these surgeries and seems quite sincere that this op is 'straight forward' The hospital is close to home. I just feel as if I should at least hear what the neuro says?

Close hospital is *edit* in Maidstone and the Neuro will be *edit* hospital so a bit of a distance away.

Recovery wise, i'm a trader so can work from home on a laptop for as long as I need. I've always been active and fit and been a gym goer 3 times a week. Can I expect to return to this state in time?

thanks in advance

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  • PaulPPaul Posts: 730
    edited 09/28/2013 - 5:28 PM
    re: ortho vs. neuro debate

    I always tell people to diffuse the situation and have BOTH present for the surgery. I did!

    Now, how prepared are you to hear difficult news about your disc and it's ability to handle gym visits?

    I'm send you a pm with a link to helpful info. Look for it in your inbox. It is a ton of reading but worth it.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
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