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December surgeries



  • I'm still "tenatively" scheduled for December the seventh. Waiting for the insurance authorization. I'm having a fusion and discectomy . May be using my own bone, as I have Osteopenia...

    Still waiting...

    Found out yesterday I'm allergic to Amrix, so now I'm on Soma. Rhymes with coma, and boy does it put me to sleep.
  • hi karen
    so glad your home,sounds like ya doin good..
    please get rest and im sure will chat with ya soon..
    great idea
    i know of few ppl having dec surgeries
    you (well tech.your nov lol)
    and lew other day
    and alex
    i wish ya all speed recoveries
    so glad ya home karen
    get rest
    neck,bone spurs pain started 04, back issues and fusion l4,l5 06~hardware removed.
    good few yrs. 09 pain sharp, numbness feet,legs, diagnosed fibro, neurop. legs.lung issues.
    daily goal do good thing for someone.
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  • Yasmina,

    I'm having one level fusion L5/S1 and Lamenectomy.
    Disc wil be removed and a cage placed. I ended up
    working less today because of cancelations. It was a
    blessing. I got4 1/2 hours ofcourt ordered paperwork done. I can't believe all that was requested and even court ordered when people found out I was having surgery and taking time off. Geezzzzz thanks alot!!

    My mind was preoccupied until hospital and physician
    office called. I wanted to use the bone stimulator
    butmy insurance wouldn't approve!

    I'm ready toget this over with, but am alittle apprehensive. Even with preperation, I don't really]know what to expect. Haven't had major surgery and
    haven't been admitted to hospital since I was a kid.

    I think your idea for this thread is a great idea!
  • yasmina said:
    What are you going to have done? We'll be here for you to help you through it.
    I'm still deciding. Struggling.
    Stretched wrong on 8/12, felt pop and couldn't get out of bed. Went to ER and found out I herniated L5-S1. They gave me tons of IV meds and the excruciating sciatic pain I had when trying to stand just went numb.

    I had a microD on 8/21 and never really felt better (or at least not past week 2). Follow up MRI showed re-herniation same place, same side, large piece. I clearly lost some disc height as well. Some people (doctors) are conservative and of the opinion it's worth a revision MicroD try. Others recommend Fusion.

    I just don't know. Odds of success are same with both but fusion is permanent and LONG recovery it seems. Also odds of another fusion seem unavoidable. Of course odd of a fusion at some point in the future seems unavoidable too.

    Oddly, my pain is varied. I have good days, ok days, and terrible days. On terrible days, I take a tylenol with Codeine for a great night sleep and I end up having a few good days. So I jsut don't know that my pain warrants aggressive surgery. However, I listen to doctors and I can understand both views.

    I just want to curse (heck I do) b/c I just don't have a crystal ball. So I have 2 more opinions. One is free through a mid-west USA clinic through work that specializes in lumbar herniation and the other is with another neuro surgeon.

    I guess I'm trying to understand why people opted for TLIF on L5-S1. Was it pain and if yes, what level on 1-10? how long did you deal or try other stuff for? Was it leg pain or back pain or both? Did you have leg numbness/weakness?

    Anyhow, you will hear from me.
    Right now, I'm 40 and very scared about a fusion. LOgically it makes sense for the immediate issue but I think out into the future and see the risks of domino. I also weigh time against technology.

    Anyhow, any insight would be much welcome!
  • which is a load off my mind. Everything went well. Got my brace, did my pre-op admission and testing...now I am just waiting for surgery day. I am ready to get it over with and start the healing process. 8>
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  • to all you December spinies! I hope you all have very skilled surgeons with wonderful bedside manners and that your recoveries go wonderfully. We'll check in to see how you're all doing.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • Hi Bamacheryl, Sissyjane and Laughnsmile

    Hoping your surgeries and recoveries all go well and that there will be good times ahead.


    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
  • Hope you can get a bit more comfortable in the recliner tonight and the pain pills get you through.


    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
  • I am scheduled for 12/17 - 2 weeks from today. Oh the butterflies in my belly. Each day I become more anxious. Good luck to everyone. Please report back as this is sooooo helpful to those of us yet to go to surgery. I am having a microdiscectomy and laminectomy involing all 5 lumbar levels. I am so grateful for this site.
  • I'm doing ok. Still have significant pain in my shoulders and neck. A little concern, as today I felt a faint twinge of tingling down my right arm. I don't have a fever, but still get chills and sweats on occasion. I have found that it's easier to cough if I stand up. Wore my atomic necklace for the requisite 4 hours. At one point I stood up and went to raise my arms, no higher than chest level, and all of a sudden I had excrutiating pain shoot down both arms.

    I finally gave in and slept in the recliner last night. It helped a lot, as I got more sleep than I have since the surgery. So I start the night in bed, then move downstairs to the recliner when I get up to use the bathroom. Saves me from the worst of the snoring :)
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