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Running out of time for re-operation?

sjoboyssjoboy Posts: 25
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Chronic Pain

I suffer from late post-op scar tissue, according to my neurosurgeon I sould undergo an operation
to free the S1 nerve root. To prevent fibrosis for reappearing (a certainty in these surgeries)
he would be using a DuraGen membrane. I have found that that material greatly reduces to apperance of fibrosis
in lumbar sugeries, therfore there is a chance that the operation might be successful.

So, I have this dilemma: I don't want another (that would be my second) back operation, but on the other hand I'm 46 y.o., I still
have some 40 years ahead of life expectancy and I want a high quality life all the way, be able to do
simple things I no longer can. And being 46 the time for undergoing surgery is now, the more I wait the
harder for my "ageing" body to heal. In summary, I don't want a surgery but time is running out for not
regretting not doing it.

Everybody's advice is welcome.


  • Hi Sjoboy,I'm 59 had s1 and s5 actually 2 yrs this month.I'm still having some problems the fusion didn't take as expected. I'm going for 2nd injection next week. If does not work I'm going to have another surgery. I have been active all my life not ready to quit now. I'm at the new 40 yrs old lol
    Really something to think about. For me I would go for it.
  • I'm not familiar with the procedure your doctor is recommending. However, I think you are wise to be thinking this through. I had 2 surgery in under a year for L5S1 (1st one didn't work) and knew the surgery I opted for round 2 might also not work and I'd face another one. So far, doing pretty good.

    But, like you, I'm in my 40s (was 40 for the surgeries) and now 43. I do still have my issues. Surgery to free scar tissue that was caused by surgery would make me think twice b/c who is to say more scar tissue won't form. However, it sounds like the procedure has more to it that would possibly protect you longer.

    Did you get a 2nd or 3rd opinion? It might be worth another opinion. Also, give folks some time here to reply...I'm sure somebody must have some personal experience or insight with the procedure.
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  • Thanks for your replies.

    Actually, the fact that I didn't receive comments from people who underwent the same procedure might be encouraging. Perhaps they aren't looking for advice anymore. I mean, it's an optimistic way of seeing things.

  • It is true that those folks may have had success.
    What I suggest is to ask the doctor
    - would he do this surgery if his spouse or child were in the same situation?
    - what will he recommend if you opt against the surgery? (e.g. one less invasive procedure)
    - what/how will he know if it worked or didn't work? What signs will he look for? It's nice to understand his long-term plan to evaluate you post op
    - Have him review the risks again...just so you know.
    - get a 2nd opinion
    - if you have a good relationship with your General Practitioner, or even if you don't, call and ask them for their thoughts. Often times, they can give you a more 'objective' overview and suggestion to make sure you have the right information before making the final decision.

    Good luck with the decision.
  • Thanks DNice. Very valuable advices indeed.
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