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Post OP back pain

taddersttadders Vancouver IslandPosts: 1
A 75 year old female patient had  herniated lumbar disc surgery (L-4, L-5) 15 months ago. She is presenting with recurrent sever pain (failed back surgery syndrome?) and as of today she has increasing numbness in her toes.She has had one MRI prior to the surgery and two MRI's post op. The doctor that performed the initial surgery declines to perform a second surgery, saying that it is risky. She has seen two more neurosurgeons, both were guarded about the out come. The latest neurosurgeon she saw recommended an EMG (performed 3 days ago). Subsequently the doctor said that based on the results he has advised surgery with no further information on risks and prognosis. We would like advise as to what course to follow. Any comments? 


  • hello, tadders!

    what type of surgery did this woman have?  did the doctor explain the mri/emg findings to you?  it may be time to be a bit more firm in asking about what the results are and what they mean if you feel the doctors involved are being too vague.

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  • What was the new surgery the doctor recommended? 

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    Spondylolthesis C5/C6
    Disc protrusions with Annular Tears C3/C4, C4/C5, and C5/C6
    Disc Material Compressing Spinal Cord C3/C4
    Severe Forminal Stenosis C5/C6
    Ankylosing Spondylitis 
    Annular Tears L3/L4 and L5/S1
    Enlarged Facet Joints/Facet Anthrosis L3/L4/L5
    PLIF with Rods, Cage, and Pedicle Screws-L4/L5
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