Since most postings at this site are stories of operations and procedures that have not worked out all that well, I thought I'd post a positive story just to let people out there still in pain that there is hope.
I had a Foraminotomy on S1 and L4/5 on April 9th....So far, the results have been more than I could have possibly hoped for. Before this operation I had constant sciatic pain in my left leg....starting in the hip, through the shin, and into my foot..the degree of pain varied between 2 and 7/8 ...I could not walk or stand (especially on concrete) for more that 50 yards before the pain made me stop to either sit down or go into a "baseball catchers squat" to temporarily get rid of the pain. Now I can walk as far as I want with no pain...at times I do have a "tingling" sensation in my leg (not painful), but the surgeon tells me this is the nerves regenerating. Prior to the procedure I had the epidural shots for 5/6 years and they worked great...but eventually they were not effective any longer.
I am so happy that I bit the bullet and had this procedure...So to all of you out there still with pain I say get the right surgeron, and follow his instructions (post op)....many people just think after a procedure that they are "fixed"....remember, the recovery and therapy are just as important as the operation.....good luck to all!