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repeated failed back surgeries

Bruceske777BBruceske777 Posts: 8
edited 11/17/2014 - 7:58 PM in Lower Back Pain
I have had back problems for 10 years stemming from multiple herniations in the L5/S1 are of my lower back. My first back surgery was in 2004 and the second was in 2006.Both surgeries were on the same disk, L5/S1 of my lower back. Now I re injured my my lower back and the same disk slipped. Does anyone have any advice for me about what to do at this point? I don't know if another surgery will even fix my problem. My sciatic nerve pain will not go away, even with an epidural injection. I'm afraid to have a full blown spinal fusion and I just want the pain to go away so I can go on with my life. I'm 37 right now and I want to live a healthy and active lifestyle but don't know what to do.
chris Brosowske


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • It's not quite as invasive as a fusion and is inserted through your stomach so only one small incision. I had to go to Germany and pay out of pocket 11 years ago for mine at L5S1, but I believe they are approved by some insurance companies here now. But don't shy away from a fusion. At L5 you won't lose hardly any flexibility and at your age the recovery shouldn't be too bad. Just find the best doctor you can who ONLY does back surgeries.
    Artificial disc at L5S1 for 10 years. Had 3 Level lumbar fusion and Laminectomy on Sept 27, 2013. It was an OLIF (Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion) with cages, BMP, rods & screws. Norco, Plaquenil
  • Yes, thanks for the response about my situation regarding the single level fusion I'm considering.My surgeon is a neurologist whose specialty is only back and neck surgeries. Still worried I wont be able to get back to my normal daily physical activities. The thing is I don't want to live my life worried about nerve pain either.In the long run I'm hoping that a fusion will fix my problem and I can get on with my life.
    chris Brosowske
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