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Surgery Wait-Time Canada

sehitchssehitch Posts: 2
edited 07/01/2015 - 10:45 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
This is my first time posting, after reading so many posts for the last couple months.
My doctor has told me that he believes that I need surgery based off of old MRIs and my new symptoms. I am 26 and have a herniated disc at L5/S1 as well as spinal stenosis in L4 and L5 and have severe sciatic pain that has left me unable to walk, stand, sit, and sometime lie down with any comfort.
My new MRI is schedule for next week and I already have a neurosurgeon; I am wondering what wait times people have experienced for surgery in Canada (BC). I am suppose to get married in October of this year and seriously debating postponing the wedding. Any info would be greatly appreciated.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
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  • Hello sehitch,

    I am in BC. I guess it would depend on how urgent someone is I suppose but this is how it went for me. My GP ordered a new MRI for me last April for ongoing cervical symptoms I was having. I waited 2 months to have it done so it was completed in June 2014 ( I am on Vancouver Island). After the MRI results I saw a Neurosurgeon in Victoria in October 2014 and just had my surgery on June 11/2015 so I waited 8 months for my surgery.

    In some ways I am glad that I had to wait because it helped me to do research and make an informed choice rather then rushing into surgery. I am 47.

    Good luck I hope you can get some pain relief.
    27 vehicle accident in 1984 at age 17 caused neck injury
    C6-7/C7-T1 Disc herniation's diagnosed 2013
    Surgery June 11/2015 Artificial Disc Replacement C6-7 & ACDF C7-T1
  • I am not sure on the spectrum of things how serious my situation is, I spend pretty well all day and night in bed or on the couch on multiple pain medications.

    Did you have a neurosurgeon before you had your MRI or did you have to wait for a referral? I am on Van Isl. as well, but think I will be going in for a microdiscectomy. Thanks for sharing your experience.
  • Nodales4NNodales4 Posts: 12
    edited 07/01/2015 - 1:29 PM
    I got the got my referral to the neurosurgeon after my MRI. My situation was chronic (still very painful) but non the less chronic which is why I was not expedited quickly into surgery. Your problem is your lumbar area, so I can see why you can't find a comfortable position to walk, sit or stand. Good luck! :)
    27 vehicle accident in 1984 at age 17 caused neck injury
    C6-7/C7-T1 Disc herniation's diagnosed 2013
    Surgery June 11/2015 Artificial Disc Replacement C6-7 & ACDF C7-T1
  • HI,
    I am from ON. After seeing surgeon waited 2.5 month for my surgery for severe lumbar spinal stenosis. Actually saw 3 of them and all offered surgery in about 2 months . My surgery was elective.
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