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Back Surgery



  • I am not sure which procedure you had, but I have never heard of removing a disc if you only had a Lamenectomy. Had 2 of them before this fusion. My doctor told me that he could have only done a Lam., and the pressure would have been gone, but there was enough fluid left in the disc to cause the problem again. I understand the procedure of a Lam. is to go in and remove what has come out of the disc to relieve the pressure on the nerves. I was also told the longer you wait after finding the problem, the harder the procedure is. My doctor told me that the fluid had the consistance of chewing gum. When it first happens, it is the consistance of gum right out of your mouth. The longer you wait, it is the same thing as putting gum on a counter, and coming back an hour later and feeling it. It you wait too long, they have to go in and chip it out.
  • I am still on a learning curve about the biology and physiology of the back and all its components. The analogy of the chewing gum really explains the stuff out of a ruptured disc clearly. You have a great dr.
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  • I was told I will be able to run again, but to wait until I'm 100% fused. I was running 36 miles a week and I've raced in a few triathlons. However, I do not plan on racing in anymore triathlons.

    I would wait until the full 9 months before running again if that is what the doctor advised.
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