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DDD surgery alternatives in UK

Sagan86SSagan86 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:03 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
Hi there, I have a ddd in lumbar spine. I have had it for about 18 months. Had an epidural injection about 3 months ago, made me worse, can't do jack all at the moment, standing and sitting hurt too much. Had physio, done all the basics, bought loads of equipment, tried light exercises, do stretching, use painkillers etc etc etc.
I live in North Yorkshire UK, and was wondering what surgery methods are available on the NHS for DDD.
Please don't bother telling me surgery is a no no. I have had people tell me many times. My life has been comprised a stupid amount, I can't do anything.
I have heard something about laser surgery.
If you have any links please if you could provide them them.


  • i have sent you a PM please read it its information that you may find handy
    i too live in the uk ..only a few miles from you .i had a fusion done [that's what they tend to do for DDD} its a massive operation .read up on ALI/PLIF operations ...
    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
  • Hello Drew,
    Can I just say that DDD is usually part of an underlying symptom; this is like saying you can have surgery for arthritis and you cannot, many here live with these pains and also look for some remedy. It may look simplistic from the start and we would not be here enduring pain if the solution was as easy as you suggest, hundreds of thousands of us all wish it was.

    I have never heard any Orthopaedic surgeon suggest that DDD can be relieved through surgery and no evidence or research paper concludes that this is feasible. If you have already decided that surgical intervention is possible then you may be disappointed, we are here to help and support you, not suggest something that from our knowledge and understanding is problematic.

    We know you are looking for a solution, degeneration is likely to be in more than one place and age related for some, for the most part managing pain is about trial and error and finding what works for you also being honest with yourself, I am not a doctor and as a pain patient of 22 years I have vast experience and no miracle outcome has ever been validated here.

    Take care, we live with that pain.

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