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Surgery or not?!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Lower Back Pain
My name is Koury. I am 19 yrs old and have back problems since about 8th grade. I am currently a Sophmore in college. I threw my sacyrilac our the summer of my 8th grade yr-couple weeks before starting my Freshman yr in High School. I have been going to a chiropractor ever since. But lately, my lower back flares up to it's worst every two weeks.
I am considering surgery because I feel that I am too young to do this for the rest of my life.
Any words of wisdom or comments from anyone. I don't know where to go to get a recommendation for a doctor. Just looking for some help.



  • You will get alot of different opionions regarding surgury,have you had a mri?have you been to a neuro- surgeon?It would depend on whether or not a disc is pressing on a nerve as to whether you would be a surgical canidate...
  • I am not a doc or even in the medical field but you really do not want to have surgery unless all conservative treatment has been tried and failed. Surgery is no guarantee of pain relief and even runs the risk of creating more pain. You are much too young to risk surgery on your back unless there is no other alternative at all.
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  • Hi and welcome to Spine Health. Please don't be offended by anyone who brings up "you're too young for ..."

    They are not trying to insinuate anything other than you could be opening the door for so many more years than the rest of us with horrible chronic pain should anything go wrong. Also there are so many advancements in neuroscience going on all the time, that to have surgery and possibly take away the chance of having some new and unique and incredible procedure, would be a shame.

    On the flip side, living in horrible pain from now until said new and unique procedure is developed isn't great either.


    Get with a spine specialist and see what he/she has to say about your condition. Go over your options and then make your decision whether surgery is right for you or not.

    Please always remember "surgery is not a magic pill that makes everything better forever".

  • My doctor just advised me that surgery is only affective for 50% of the patients they perform it on. I would need at least an 80% success rate for me to consider it.

    I'm 41 and have been battling back pain for over 20 years. The best thing to do is to learn how to cope which is really hard.
  • I disagree with the last poster...the rates of success for disectomy's or laminectomys are 85 to 90% but you could always have a re-injury or scar tissue.

    However, in your case, I would suggest getting away from the chiro..mine actually made things worse. Get yourself and MRI and see what is going on. if it is a disc issue, try PT, spinal injections, and medication first to see if that resolves the issue. Give it a year of conservative therpies. If no pain is going away or you have a bad herniation then I would go to a pain management surgeon or neurosurgeon to get a consult. Then go as conservative as possible with surgery.

    Good luck.
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  • I did think 50% was pretty low. I get the feeling my doctor is not too into the idea of surgery.

    I really wish we had more control as patients. I told my doctor to refill my meds or I would order them over the internet if he did not give me my meds.

    It helps to get several opinions and make your own decision.
  • Yeah. I read a lot of posts here complaining about doctors. I do not understand why people just don't change their doctors if they have ANY problem with them. Drs are service providers and get paid to help you. Not the other way around. Crazy. i am glad that there is a place that we can all talk about these things.

  • People often shrug their shoulders when we share our back pain issues. I don't think they realize that it is so debilitating.

    The people here get it.
  • you are correct about the 50% success rate for fusion surgery. As for microD, I had one that failed miserably but I too would risk the 80% odds before I would ever consider fusion at 50/50 odds.
  • Not jump into surgery. Actually my NS said that the sacroiliac rarely needs surgery. Mine has been giving me problems and had and SI injection done on the 5th of sept. There are also a lot of ligaments and whatnot that could be causing your pain. So please exhaust all other options. My L5 S1 fusion has come and bit me in the ass 4 yrs after surgery. And like I said my NS said that 80+% of the SI joint does NOT need surgery
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