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StevenVSStevenV Posts: 1
edited 08/07/2015 - 1:44 AM in Chronic Pain
I am in the UK and my wife has the option of a Discectomy.

She is very worried about the possibility of it not working and leaving her permenantly bed ridden.
She has already undertaken various injection which haven't helped at all and this is probably her last chance to help improve her Sciatic pain.

The question she would like answering is whether the Discectomy would help after 7 years with problems in the L5/S1 area ?

She appreciates it will not have the same result as someone who has been in this position up to 2 years, but woulld like feedback if possible

Also whether her back pain which is minimal would increase considerably?




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    edited 08/07/2015 - 1:45 AM
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  • CarolynSCCarolynS Posts: 1
    edited 08/08/2015 - 11:31 AM
    I have had 2 discectomies and both are considered as "failed". They relieved the sciatica I was experiencing but caused further pain by the scar tissue that was formed. I was told by my surgeon that I had only a 5% chance that the surgeries would not be a success. Unfortunately for me I fell into that 5% with both surgeries.

    I have tried every type of pain relief medication and procedure offered in Canada with only limited success. If I were your wife I would try every therapy she could before resorting to surgery. Try physiotherapy, even just walking or walking in a pool until she can walk on her own. I have been suffering for 5 years with no end in sight and I'm told it will only get worse. Eventually I will need a fusion surgery I'm told. My injuries are at the L4-L5 and now at the L3-L4 area of my spine.

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