I had an accident in 2007 that left me disabled due to herniated discs. In 2010 i had a partial lamonectomy and partial discectomy on my L5-S1 nerve. The surgery was only done after the epidurals, nerve blocks,physical therapy, chiropractic care, and nerve burning all failed. This surgery did not help me. I only had one disc worked on but had three bulging discs. Now I need to find a surgeon that is willing to do three level fusion on a 35 year old. I want to get back to work. I talked to a lot of surgeons all they want to do is three level full lamonectomies and discectomies but no fusion. Does this make sense to you all. They want to take 1/2 my spine at three levels but not put anything back to stabilize my spine. I have already lost most of the movement In my right leg and am starting to lose feeling in my left. I am on Medicare and Medicaid so finding surgeons is hard but every one is saying no fusion yet but if I do this surgery or not in 5 years I'll need fusion. Why not do the fusion now and get me back to work. I was 27 when I had to get on social security disability. And the depression that came from not being able to work is tremendous. I started working at the age of 15 i wanted to be working in my 70's. Tell me what should I do either keep looking for a Dr that will do fusion or try the lamonectomy again.
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Most spinal specialists are more than qualified to perform that type of surgery. Some people like Orthopedic surgeons over Neurosurgeons. As long as the doctor is qualified and you feel comfortable, that should not matter. I've dealt more with Neurosurgeons, only because they deal more with the direct spinal cord.
-- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator 09/14/15 15:19