Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

The main site has all the formal medical articles and videos for you to research on.

L5/St laminectomy discectomy

grnshpldyggrnshpldy Posts: 1
edited 06/17/2015 - 2:21 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi everyone. I need some advice :-) I'm trying to decide whether or not to have surgery.

Some background. ...no pain until car accident last June. Found after to have major herniation and disc fragments at L5/S1, as well as a congenital severely narrowed canal space. Did 6 weeks of PT, really helped core strength, but didn't change pain much. I have minor/moderate pain constantly, which can get pretty severe if I'm carrying a lot or walking a long wsys. I have radiating leg pain intermittently.

Since I have an obvious CT myelo showing a definite area that corresponds with my symptoms (I can't have MRI because I have a pacemaker,) they are offering a 1 level disc and laminectomy.

On one hand, I feel like since my average pain is only a 2, maybe I shouldn't do it - so many people on here sound so much worse! But, withevery thing being so narrow, it sounds like I would have to have it someday anyway (though possibly not for years)....should I just do it while I am young (35), with a dr. I really like and trust and get it over with?

It sounded so straightforward and simple in her office. ...but there are such horror stories. ....

Welcome to Spine-Health

It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,

Here are some questions that you should answer:
  • - When did this first start?- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.

Please take a look at our forum rules: Forum Rules

Please remember that no one at Spine-Health is a formally trained medical professional.
Everything that is posted here is based on personal experiences and perhaps additional research.
As such, no member is permitted to provide
  • - Analysis or interpretation of any diagnostic test (ie MRI, CTscan, Xray, etc)- Medical advice of any kind- Recommendations in terms of Medications, Treatments, Exercises, etc

What could be good for someone could spell disaster for another.
You should also consult your doctor to better understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.

It is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). It is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have are
I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways its like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

Specific comments :

Personal Opinion, not medical advice :

--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 06/17/15 09:23est
Sign In or Register to comment.