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2nd surgery in a year - ACDF and now L5-6-need advice

KarenDKKarenD Posts: 742
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:58 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I could really use some advice and information. I knew that following recovery from the ACDF that my low back would be evaluated. My surgeon is recommending a discectomy and laminectomy at L4-L5. Is there any special name for this type of surgery? Is it usually done from anterior or posterior? Any insight on how the surgery goes and recovery? Do they do both sides (right and left) when they go in?

My symptoms - pain across low back, in hip and around to groin and continuing down the leg. It is definitely more pronounced on my right leg than left, but left is increasing.

Thank you for any advice.


4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    I do not have any experience with anything surgery wise...so no advice...

    But I wanted to wish you well with your decision making process. I know it is not easy and esp. trying to think while you are in pain.

    Best of luck to you and may today be a low level pain day for you!
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