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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I hurt my back a little more than a year ago. Two Ruptured discs - L4/L5 & L5/S1. There are a few bulging discs above that as well. The surgeon I first went to said I needed a two level fusion after trying epidural injections and PT unsuccessfully. He also said he would go in through the front and the back.

Last may (9 months after the injury) I went to see my mother in law's surgeon. He's supposed to be one of the best in the DC area. He immediately told me that the first surgeon I saw is known for telling people they need fusions when they really don't, just for the money. He also said that he's had to fix many of the first surgeon's messed up fusions. I swore to never go back to that doctor. This new surgeon said that he'd like to do a micro discectomy and laminectomy to one of the discs and leave the other alone. He said that if that didn't work, we could always do more. The surgery was July 27th and here I am now in at least the same amount of pain as before and possibly more. The surgeon just said to come back to him after PT. PT doesn't seem like it's helping. There have been times where I've felt like I'm getting slightly better but then I get worse. For the last few weeks it's been pretty unbearable. I just wanted to hear what everyone thinks. I really do trust you guys on here. Should I be this way after 3 months? Might I need another MRI? Surgery again? The surgeon said to come back to him after PT but who knows when that will be. My pain management doctor is great so I plan to talk to him about it on Monday but I wanted some opinions before I go there and/or call my surgeon.


  • I am only a fusion patient so I don't have much advice on the type of surgery you had.

    So my only and best advice I can give you is to call the surgeons office again.
    They may want xrays, CT or MRI to see if you did not re- herniate again or to see if there is other issues.
    Like your surgeon stated " If this does not work, we could always do more" So I imagine they would want to hear from you.
    Otherwise they will think your doing just fine.

    Let us know how you make out.
    Terri O:) O:)
  • So it sounds like you are having PT at the moment. How often are you having it and are you doing your exercises daily as well?
    Also are you having or doing any aqua exercises. I found these invaluable as they as so much easier to do the exercises when you are not fully weight bearing.

    If you are still in doubt give the Dr a call and request a scan but dont jump into further surgery until you have really given everything else a fair chance. I had laminectony & discectomy 7 years before I needed a fusion.
    Never go back to the same as pre-injury but was a ble to cope most of the time till the last year.

    Blessings Sara O:)
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