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L4/5 disectomy/laminectomy

Hi I am new on here and just wondered if anyone has any advice? In September 2012 I had an L4/5 discectomy and laminectomy. Since then I have been in constant agonising pain and on a long list of drugs. This surgeon said all my discs were collapsing, the bottom 3 being the worst and was on about spinal fusion, one at a time meaning 3 operations.

Three weeks ago (September 2013) after losing bladder control i had two discectomies in the space of three days, the first one not having completely been removed. This was carried out by a different surgeon at a different hospital. All seemed well until last week when I developed an infection in the site wound and leg pains gradually worsening. I was kept in hospital for a week Ono tea venous drip and released with antibiotics. The pain in my left leg is gradually increasing and the fluid leak in the site wound getting worse. The surgeon looked at this today and was very blasé about it saying it would take a while for the infection to settle and sent me off with some more dressings. I am frightened with the pains getting worse and dont know where to go from here. This surgeon said he has different ideas to fusion to try first. I have already had numerous drugs including morphine which I have been taking for the last 12 months, spinal injections, acupuncture, physio and obviously this surgery. What do I do about the rest of my spine? Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I feel like giving up.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I had the same surgery but in September of this year. I have to be honest, I went to one private group thinking they would be best and ended up limping out of there with my MRI disc i was so discouraged. I ended up having to go via ER to a teaching hospital (which is where I decided I DID want to go after the bad experience at the private clinic). I had bowel and urinary incontinance issues and I am still recovering with some residual nerve pain but did not have complications from the site being infected. Don't give up! Is there another place you could go to to get treated or a second opinion? If it were me I'd go somewhere else. I had to trade over an hr to get my surgery done but it was well worth it! Best of luck and hang in there!
  • SqwurlySSqwurly Posts: 8
    edited 10/27/2013 - 6:36 AM
    I had the L4/L5 microdiscectomy 4 days ago, and I'm doing great! When my nerve pain went shooting down my leg, I, too was referred to a PM facility that I ended up limping out of. I started over with my Primary Care doctor and was referred to a much better place who gave me great care. Get your friends and family involved if you can. I know I became isolated due to my pain because I didn't want anyone to see me like that. I'm thinking positive thoughts for your healing.
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