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Disc Degeneration

smitty267ssmitty267 Posts: 5
edited 10/08/2015 - 6:12 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all I'm new to the forum. I have herniated discs at l4-l5 and l5-S1 as well as compressed disc at l3-l4. I am unable to walk without excruciating pain. I go see a neurosurgeon soon...Any idea what to expect? so I can prepare myself..Thanks a lot

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  • HI, I saw your post from today. My first surgery was for a grossly ruptured disk at the L3-4 level. Today I am recovering from fusion surgery, 9/03/2015, at T11,T10, T9, the Trunk or mid-body levels. I am fused from T9 down to my lowest L levels. I also have fusion at 2 of my C or Cervical/neck levels. I have experienced surgery at all of these levels. My first surgery was in 1977. My Cervical levels I used a neurosurgeon because of the mass of nerves in the neck; the T and L levels I prefer an Orthopod. I always get a second opinion, and when needing a new surgeon I ask the staff if they would use their Doctor, plus I find former patients for referrals. You need a surgeon who can tell the difference between scar tissue and nerve tissue; one surgeon told me they look a lot alike. What you can expect from your surgery is the loss of the pain you have right now, guaranteed. You will have pain from the surgery itself, the bone sites of the implantation of any hardware devices, Titanium. The wound itself does not hurt. Every single day your pain will lessen and you will physically get stronger. Take the pain medication given to you so you have no bad pain. Have help at home: you will need someone to bring you food, help you dress, help you bathe, be there when you first are walking around your home, you will not be able to drive, walk distances, sit up a long time, go without a nap during the day at first. Look at how you want to be 2 months from now. If you are over-weight let the pounds melt off you during your recovery by eating very little during your recovery (you won't be very hungry while following surgery anyway). Every day do a little more than you did the day before. Every day go longer between taking pain meds; from every 2 hours to 4, 5, 6, 7 then just at bedtime. You are looking at the L levels; think of your recovery as needing to learn how to walk again, to practice walking up and down 1 step, up an incline. You will need someone to push you up a hill the first month. Laugh at what you are or not able to do, that is most important. Remember, you will be "fixed", and happy. Thank your surgeon. Good Luck, and remember you will get your life back. If I can do it, you can too.
    Still Walking
  • I think you've gotten some good advice, but I would caution you regarding weight loss and limited eating post surgery. one of the most important things after fusion surgery (and you may not even need a fusion) is excellent nutrition to promote bone health and growth. I spent quite a bit of time with my surgeon the other day discussing what my diet should consist of post surgery.
    One thing I would caution you on is that many people find that their Neurosurgeon seems cold/distant etc. The speciality requires a huge amount of training after finishing medical school, and thus there are less of them around, making their schedules quite hectic, so most of the time it's not that they are uncaring, but they really do want to do the surgery and get you better, they just don't always want to hear every single detail. I did go through 5 consults for my upcoming second (and hopefully last) surgery, because I wasn;t hearing good things, but I have finally found a surgeon I'm satisfied with. So we'll see in a few weeks.
  • Thanks very much for the awesome info and positive comments. Really appreciate it!

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