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Mast Tlif

TaliTTali Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Has anyone had this procedure performed? I'm scheduled for surgery at the end of March and would like advice/information from anyone that has had this operation.

I have read most all the forums here. Although I wish no one had to suffer from any pain, I'm very glad your here!

I had a lumbar lamonectomy 20 years ago and have always had some pain with it but learned to live with it without medication.

In the last few years I've had "terrorist pains" where I get a sharp stabbing pain that will stop me in my tracks or almost cause me to drop to my knees, then subside in a few minutes and its back to work as usual.

A few months ago the stabbing pains stayed with me for several days causing me to seek medical help. This has reoccured 2 other times since. I could not walk without extreme pain.

After MRI's Nerve Studies, and 2 epidurals I'm scheduled for surgery. I have DDD and some vertibrae alignment problems on L5 S1. The surgeon told me I would be off work for about 6 weeks. Does this recovery time seem right to those that have had this procedure peformed? Im a shop manager, so no manual labor is involved with work, mainly sitting and walking.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance..


  • I haven't had your planned procedure, but I have had the pain your are descriping! My surgeon seemed to know exactly what it was when I descriped it to him. He refered to it as "catching" where the sciatic nerve is "catching" on the jagged edge of the bone/facet joint. It causes me to invol. scream, stop and sometimes almost drop to my knees and tears invol. come to my eyes. Usually, it will go away with time. For me it has become more frequent and I have had to learn to walk differently, with small steps and almost limping. It is the pain I can not tolerate, so I so understand and empathize with you!! I hope you get your questions answered! Hang in there! When is your surgery? Mine (L4-5 post/anter. fusion w/bone graph) is 2/26, unless there is a cancelation. It has been delayed since 12-23 while insurnace processes paperwork! Good luck!!
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