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L5/S1 Surgery by epidural anaesthesia

I have a herniated disc @ L5/S1 which has impinged the nerve on my right side. I have been offered surgery but been unable to go through with this as I have an intense fear of being put to sleep.
Does anyone know of any surgeons/anaesthetists that will perform the surgery using an epidural anaesthesia in the uk? Preferably in Wales or Liverpool? Is there anyone will do this on the NHS?
I really want to have the surgery, but cant go through with it!




  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 03/31/2014 - 3:27 AM
    Welcome to Spine-Health and how to get started here

    Have you discussed this with your GP or Surgeon?

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • edited 03/31/2014 - 6:07 AM
    I have yes, my surgeon has refused to do the surgery using this form of anesthesia and my GP is unaware of anyone that can perform the surgery and has basically told me its up to me to find someone who can.
    Ive hit a brick wall really and could do with pointing in the right direction!
  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 03/31/2014 - 6:39 AM
    I doubt that you are going to find a surgeon who will perform a spine surgery using an epidural......the risks of that type of surgery, using that anesthesia method are too great for you to move, or flinch or something to go awry.
    I wish that I had better news, but don't think that I have ever heard of that being done.
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    I am sorry you are not having any luck with this, I think they only do this anaesthetic on certain types of surgery, I don't know how you would find a surgeon if your gp won't refer you.

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • edited 03/31/2014 - 9:36 PM
    Thank you for the comments. I believe it can be done. if you google it, which I have more times than I can remember, it brings up papers and links to it being done and being a successful alternative.
    However I cannot find anyone who can do the procedure in the uk.

  • I am sorry to hear about your back problems. You have come to the right place.

    I am going to chime in. I had a TLIF in July 2013. The surgery was pretty major as far as moving, cutting disc's and inserting 2 rods and 4 screws. I had a pretty cut and dry surgery. I could never do it with an epidural. I had a c-section with a epidural and that was completely different.

    Good luck making you decision. I would advise scheduling an appointment with the anesthigologist. They can help you with your fears.
    L5/S1 TLIF July 18, 2013
    4 Screws 2 Rods and BMP
    Post surgery L4 Dermatones
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