Hello! I am a newbie to these boards and would really appreciate any information/recommendations on the following: For those who have had microdisectomies, was it performed by an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon? Any recommendations on which to choose and why?
I am scheduled to have an L4-L5 discectomy on 7/28 by my orthopedic surgeon but I am having a consult with a neurosurgeon tomorrow for a second opinion. I'm 32 and have had 8 years of back pain on an off - herniated discs from L3 to S1 over the years. Up until now, I have done conservative treatments (injections, PT, pain meds) and usually bounce back from a flare-up within a few months. This is the first time I have been recommended for surgery (because this is the only time I've had leg pain) and I'm pretty nervous about whether to do it. However, I have been out of work since 5/12 (the longest time i have ever been out with a back episode) so I feel I need to do something. But reading so many bad stories on here about post-surgery has me super nervous! I am afraid if I take the step to have surgery, I am starting a road of surgery for the rest of my life. Anyway, thanks in advance for any information on picking a NS vs. OS and I hope to get to know you all on here in the future