Am 74 years old, back problems on and off since 1992...herniated disc per ortho, but no MRI then.
Serious back and right buttocks pain started 10/09. Had 2 epidurals, no effect, even worse attack after shots....right lower back pain and severe right buttocks pain, "right dropped foot".
Had Accurascope procedure in Dallas, TX, 3/2/2010....walked out of surgery center two hours later with NO pain or discomfort. Now 14 days since surgery and all is OK. Only symptom is mild numbness and mild surface pain in right quadriceps area.Seems to be going away slowly.
Prcedure included trimming bulging discs bilaterally from L-5 up thru L-2,separating adhesions tethering the spinal nerve roots to the bulging discs, and rhizotomy( deadening) facet joints bilaterally L-5 thru L-3.
At this point....only two weeks since surgery...feel great and am pain free. No longer have pain when standing too long or walking.