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martyjommartyjo Posts: 64
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:03 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Well, I've posted here and said that I'd never have any further back surgery but I'm scheduled to have L2-3 laminectomy with fusion this coming week. I am not looking forward to any of this.

The pain is my greatest fear. I have never had such pain as after my last surgery L3-S1 fusion. I worry about my aftercare. I worry about getting about. I worry about getting out of bed. I worry about the bone harvest pain. That's awful. I;m just a wreck with worrying about everything. I have my walker to help be about. I have my grabber if I drop the remote. I'm 63 years old and I worry about the anesthesia too.

I try not to think about it as my doctor would not be doing the surgery if he thought another way would be best for my herniated disc and the vertebra being shifted out of alignment. Or, maybe not. I don;t know. I trust him, which is a good thing, but then again, he's a doctor and they aren't always right.. right? Oh well, I will post once again when I can get on a computer and let you know how things go.


  • just tell the anaesthetist that you will require more than the normal and make sure the hear your voice .they had to give me almost lethal amounts of painkillers after my ALIF .as i take loads of Oxycontin every day
    as of anesthetics they are very safe now ,i was worried too .as i am unfit fat and smoke ! .but i came through it and the anaesthetist assured me that i would .unless you are extremely well i would not worry ..best of luck ..you know its not going to be an easy ride ..you have been there before so don't kid yourself ..having said that ...i wish you all the best and a speedy recovery
    tony {UK}
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
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