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Newbie from Ireland

irishaliiirishali Posts: 3
edited 01/07/2016 - 9:17 PM in New Member Introductions
Hello .,
Just wanted to introduce myself and seek your help/advice.
I am Alice , 46 yr old from Ireland.
Have endured an agonizing 4 years of continually worsening pain which was explained as a slightly bulging disc ,I have tried many perscription medications, physiotherapy, yoga, ice/heat therapy , reki, facet joint injections, epidural/steroid injections etc. ect. all to no avail . Finally switched to a new orthapeadic surgeon 6 weeks ago and have just been diagnosed today with S1 nerve compression from L5 bulging disc, degenerative disc disease and facet joint arthiritis. New surgeon has suggested l5/S1 nerve root decompression and inserting 2x Diam implants at L3/4 and L4/5 within the next 4 weeks.... Iam feeling slightly overwhelmed with this new diagnosis and desperate to find out as much information as I can about the procedure , recovery time , pain following surgery and basically any information that any of you may be able to share with me . Thank you in advance .


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 01/07/2016 - 9:17 PM
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • In my opinion I would suggest you have a neurosurgeon perform the surgery. When you have nerve decompression that is a neurosurgeon speciality not ortho.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
    before you even get to the point on who should be doing the surgery, you are so correct in wanting to find out as much information as you can about your condition and treatment.

    Spinal cord and Spinal nerve roots
    All about L5-S1 joint
    Lumbar herniated disc

    Lumbar decompression surgery

    In regards as to which type of surgeon should you use
    How to select a spine surgeon
    Orthopedic vs Neurosurgeon

    These are all articles from the medical side of this site.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Thank you for the reply Jill 55 :) I did quite a bit of research on doctors in my area before I booked a consultation and am pretty confident that I have chosen the right guy for me. He is an orthopedic surgeon who specialises in spines. Guess I just have to trust my gut on this and hope it turns out to be right
  • Thank you so much Dilauro for the reply and for providing the links to these very informative pages. I have been reading as much as i can about both the conditions and treatment options available. unfortunately so far i have been unable to find much info from previous patients experiences or recovery times/painlevels , but I will keep searching.
  • JenayiaJJenayia Posts: 3
    edited 01/11/2016 - 5:33 AM
    I have never had surgery, so I don't have anything to add in regard to the after care. Just wanted to say that in our area some of the most reputable spine center have orthopedic doctors who specialize in the spine. Just check out the surgeon as far as how many of these procedures he has done, and his success and/or complication rate. Good luck!, Jen
  • Hi, I had a 2 level diam implant done in November l4-5 and l5-s1. Initial results seemed very positive but over last few months I seem to be going backwards. Had follow up MRI just last week and waiting on final results. 
    Since surgery I have had severe numbness down my left leg to a point of it causing pain. 

    Would be very interested in hearing from you if you went ahead with the surgery. 
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