I'm new to this forum. I live in Sydney, am a single Mother and about to have either a L4/5 Lumbar microdiscectomy or laminectomy. I'm not sure which (I should know) and will find out in a few days. Surgery is likely to go ahead next week from Monday 12/10 as an emergency. From what I am reading these procedures are quite straight forward and recovery quite quick.
I'd really like to know what other forum members have experienced in regards to the following:
1. Whether surgery is really necessary. There is a 70% disk protrusion. I've had 2 cortisone injections in the last 6 weeks. They have helped greatly with some of the pain at the site, sciatica, muscle spasms, scoliosis etc. The pain is still there though but only kicks in after walking for about 10 minutes – still right down into my foot. The pain prior to the second injection was excruciating and I was unable to walk 4 metres without intense pain.
2. Length of time in hospital.
3. Whether a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeion should operate. I had brain surgery late last year and the the neurosurgeon who operated on the aneurism can do the back surgery.
4. The realistic recovery rate, i.e., how long until I can walk, dance, work, carry a few kilograms, fly interstate.
5. Will I need assistance at home after the surgery with meals, showering etc.
Thank you so very much for your time.
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