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Microdisectomy Success Stories? L5S1

Hi all, I had reherniated a disc (L5/S1) back in May 2014. Steroid injection didn't work this time. I'm hoping to hear some success stories regarding surgery - specifically the microdisectomy surgery. A lot of what I read on this forum is the pain returns and surgery didn't work so well... anybody have success with this surgery fo the L5/S1? Doc today recommended surgery as shots didn't work. going to try Phys Therpay first but he doubts it will work. I'm frightened to get any surgery for my back, not to mention any surgery at all. So anyone have a good story to relay about this surgery??


  • Tina16TTina16 Posts: 37
    edited 06/10/2014 - 3:28 PM
    Hi! I had a L5S1 MD on May 27th. I just responded to another thread about my story, so I don't want to cross post. You can find it in the Microdisectomy L5/S1 Post Surgery thread, or follow my posts in the May 2014 Surgery Buddies thread.

    In short.....the surgery rid me of the horrendous sciatic pain, but I still have some residual numbness in my right foot. I walk more and more each day and my muscles are sore. I am off all medications except some Advil. Emotionally and mentally I am a mess because I am terrified of reinjury and feeling that pain again.

    One thing to note......there isn't a lot of success stories you find online because people are out enjoying their lives again and do not need a place to vent or ado for help. I did find a few positive story blogs out there, you just have to search for them.
  • I can provide you with a story of success. I herniated my L4/L5 disc back in late November. Doctor prescribed oral steroids which did not help. I had my first epidural on 1/14 which reduced my pain to 5%-10%. I had the 2nd epidural on 2/14 and pain returned almost immediately. I could only walk/stand for 5-10 minutes before I had to sit down to relieve the pain. Did 8 PT sessions and had no relief. Actually, PT made it worse because it caused other muscles to hurt.

    I met the neurosurgeon for the first time on March 19th and on March 20th I had microdiscectomy. Te first time I stood up post-op, the pain was gone. I spent 30 hours in the hospital and never needed pain pills. The 'greatest' pain was the pulling on the incision as I stood and sat down. I've been able to walk/stand ever since pain free and have felt great ever since. Followed the surgeons rules to the letter.....5 lb maximum for the first month, etc. June 20th I will be 90 days post-op and free to continue life without restrictions. Following the restrictions has been a challenge because I can't do the things I feel I can do because I need to wait for the healing but I have no regrets.

    Good luck!

    March 20, 2014 - L4/L5 Laminectomy and Microdiscectomy
  • I am currently laying in hospital after having a L5 S1 lumbar disectomy 12 hours ago. My disc was pushing so hard on my nerve the pain was absolutely unbearable. My specialist recommended surgery ASAP to limit/avoid any nerve damage.

    From the first day of pain until surgery it has been 6 weeks. I had been taking 60mg of Morphine Sulfate every 12 hours for the pain, because of this the anaesthetist said I will probably feel a bit more pain post surgery than most other people as my pain levels have changed (or something to that note)

    I woke up from the anaesthesia in quite a bit of pain in my lower back which is obviously from the swelling etc. The best thing is NO sciatic pain so far! Its such a relief.

    I hope I'm not jumping the gun but so far so good. At this stage I would totally recommend the procedure.

    I will send through updates if anyone is keen.

    Cheers and best of luck :)
  • Mine are successes!

    But it is all about protecting the disc and not repeating the behavior that caused the disc to fail in the first place. I learned that painful lesson the hard way.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

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

    Can you give us a breakdown from day 1 what you did to ensure this success? I know it will differ from person to person but it would be nice to hear from someone who has dealt with it. I am sure you have posted this elsewhere could you link it to me if possible?

    Also after the initial surgery did you have pretty bad back pain when trying to move? I was told you may feel totally pain free or may get quite a bit of pain which I have at the moment. I still haven't got up to walk yet the nurse is coming in soon to help me with that.

    I have just had the surgeon come in and he has told me to keep as active as possible and to try get up and about as often as I can.
  • I had surgery in 2007 and 2008.

    After my L4-L5 procedure, I woke up from the surgery pain-free. It was awesome.

    For my L5-S1 procedure, it was different. I woke up in pain. For 4 to 5 weeks after, I was in a ton of pain. It was about as bad or worse than the original pain. I was bedridden and unable to move much. A month or so later, I was given an ESI right into L5-S1 and it solved the problem. After that I was fine.

    In the following years, I blew out the L5-S1 disc 4 more times doing stupid things. Finally in recent years, I got it thru my thick skull that I can't subject my back to stresses that make it herniate. Ever since then, I have been great!

    My surgeons also are advocates of movement after surgery. They wanted me in the pool doing aquatic PT. I did it the first time but not the second.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • dilusionalddilusional Posts: 6
    edited 06/12/2014 - 6:28 AM
    Cripes Paul that sounds brutal!

    I hope like hell this is the only surgery I ever have, the back pain/swelling is pretty savage. I've been on morphine for the sciatica for the last 5 weeks and now been prescribed tramadol and codiene by my surgeon but still feeling it!

    Thankfully absolutely no sciatica any more. Even stood up for 45 mins earlier today when prior I couldn't even stand up for more than 5 mins without crumbling into a heap on the ground.

    Fingers crossed once this pain from surgery settles down I get back to normal!

    Sorry if I've EDITED up this thread, will post in a few months to let you know if this was a success or not :P

    Post edited by Sandi- the use of foul, obscene or vulgar language is NOT permitted on Spine Health.

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