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microdisectomy l5s1

lisamhllisamh Posts: 11
edited 08/09/2014 - 9:00 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
This is just for anyone out there considering surgery my own experience has been a success and best thing I did sounds mad but I am now 8 mths post op from my 3rd microdisectomy and working back full time slight back pain not always slight leg pain still bit like cramp and a numb calf but very happy to live with this as wouldn't want to go back to the pain previous I was very lucky and had a fantastic neurosurgeon who really advised and helped me through the process little bit of history for you
Pain begins Feb 2013 no reason just appeared one day fit a
nd healthy till then.
Long time in establishing what was wrong with me 2 trips to AnE still no answer.
Finally 6 mths on MRI report L5S1 large prolapse impinging nerves.
First microdisectomy /laminectomy august 2013
4 weeks later prolapsed again 2nd microdisectomy September 2013
and finally things going great then Dec 2013 prolapsed again 3 rd surgery
Should say all at same level this disc did not want to behave
My surgeon wanted to avoid fusion as I am only 36 and I can honestly say I am so glad we did 3rd times a charm and have my life back yes it was difficult having 3 surgery in 5 mths but should state very unusual neurosurgeon was a shocked as anyone about this so yes have had same surgery 3 times recovery 3 times which is not easy but here I am now doing normal everyday things and back at work just been mindful of my back and treating it a little more carefully hope this helps anyone out there its a miserable thing to have but things can get better.



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  • Hi guys, ok so I had discectmy 2 year ago on lumbar spine after 12 months horrific nerve and leg pain. It was a total success and I'm back to normal . I then became pregnant and during pregnancy I had awful neck pain and arm pain twinges. However with being pregnant I couldn't have an MRI so had to wait. The pain subsided for a while. It then returned when my baby was 6 weeks old. It was horrendous, the pain was unbearable but I saw the neuro surgeon n he suggested and MRI, which showed a prolapse disc at c6/7 I knew it was I could tell the pain... Anyway he offered surgery but I declined as I had a new Borland she was my priority. Since then ( my baby is nearly 2) I have had 4 flare ups of the neck pain arm pain numbness optical headaches, and I saw surgeon beginning of July, after another awful flare up. Hands numb durning the night etc, we discussed an acdf and he put me on his list for surgery, I got a letter to confirm it all and just told to wait until I was informed of a date for surgery. The week after I received another letter off his stating he has looked at my scan again, and feels surgery wouldn't benefit me?? I'm totally gutted and lost, he says surgery is necessary in one breath the in another says it won't help?? How can the scan change surely he can't change his mind... Please advise me guys.. I'm all geared up for surgery
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