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follow up surgeries???

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
i'd like to hear from anyone who's had to have a follow up surgery.

i had a 2 level lami last Nov. along with a microdiscectomy.

my pain returned in July, after rolling over in bed and hearing a POP. :O
MRI revealed 3 bulging disks and stenosis once again.

anyone had to have a fusion due to weakening caused by a lami?

i see my Neurosurgeon on the 21st . just curious what others have experienced.

do they prefer to just keep doing microdiscectomies or just fuse it when it causes problems?


  • Hi Luv! Yes, it's possible to have lammys necessitate fusions...and he did another lammy during my fusion, so I;ve had 3 lammys, total, plus the PLIF.

    That was my experience anyway...my 2 priors weakened the mechanics to the point that only a fusion would be able to reinforce what was left...

    But in my case, it seems to have worked, shored things up & bolted things down, so to speak. But yes, prior lammys can cause instability which can lead to the attendant problems that fusions (supposedly...) solve. Ouch!! :|

    My NS didn't consider a micro-D...went for the "biggie" as my images showed spondy & facet damage & I had terrible siciatca & also no feeling in my right leg...

    Talk turkey w/ your doc. And then listen to that "inner voice... You'll know when you can't take it anymore.

    Stay in touch!

  • and that led to 4 surgeries because my disk kept herniating. My surgeon said he would prefer to due a fusion if my disk herniated 3 times. He let me know this up front and I remember thinking why would he be telling me this? I am having one surgery or so that is what I thought at that time. Then scar tissue became an issue. It happens to many on here. Mine just happened in 11 months for all 4.
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  • thanks for the responses. the doc told me that eventually he thought i would need to be fused due to the facet joint issues and DDD. but, he was trying to be conservative the first go round and give me a few more years of mobility.

    problem is that im at less than a year and im in more pain now. ugh!!!

    the only thing that the surgery relieved was my leg numbness. thats good, but im definitely not a happy camper right now.

    im counting down the days til i see the surgeon. everyday is miserable.
  • ...don't "heal" themselves, as you probably suspect. Luv! You state that everyday is miserable...yes, that becomes the "bottom line"...when all the joy is sucked out of your life & the pain & misery is all-consuming...as I said, you'll KNOW when you've had enough...and you sound close to that point...

    Please keep us posted on your consult w/ your surgeon! I also have a very conservative NS, so when he finally used the dreaded "fusion-word" I knew that it was the only procedure remaining for me....we tried it all b4 that...

    Chin up! It totally relieved my leg pain (still have numbness tho) & sure straightened up & strengthened my spine, so now can WALK for miles! Yea!

    Crawl back here anytime for support! I sure do! Wishing you the very best decision & outcome!

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