Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!


Quick Start Forum Video Tutorial

Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

The main site has all the formal medical articles and videos for you to research on.

Advice - 2 laminectomies/discetomies and facing a fusion

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Just curious if anyone has gone through my somewhat unique situation.

I'm 34 and had my first back surgery in 2001 when I was 27. It was a laminectomy discectomy on L5/S1. Seemed to work ok but 4 months after surgery I fell down an entire flight of stairs while holding my 3 month-old daughter.

Went back in for another laminectomy discectomy... again on L5/S1.

Now I've been working hard on building core muscles but I have intense pain in my lower back. No pain in my legs or loss of feeling/numbness but terrible pain. I played tennis this morning and now I'm in so much pain I can't sit down or stand for more than 10 minutes at a time.

I'm going to see my surgeon this week but he has told me in the last few months that I'm not eligible for a disc replacement and that if I can't handle the pain, I would need a fusion.

Has anyone been through a similar experience as me? laminectomy discectomy followed by a fusion on the same disc? What was your final outcome? Can I expect back pain the rest of my life? I'm still fairly young and want to stay active. Thanks for any help you can provide.
Sign In or Register to comment.