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New hope

Hi all, as some of you know I had a rough 2016.

I had an unsuccessful disectomy in January. Then was given an epidural followed by facet injections bit of which gave no relief. At the that time my mri was very unclear so revision surgery was scheduled for September. During that surgery more disc was removed and fragments pulled from my nerve. Again this wasn't a success and actually put me in a worse condition. A subsequent mri was ordered and showed that the disc had again prolapsed but more so than it ever had. 
I was told despite being made worse that nothing could be done. Fast forward a few months and I have obtained a second opinion from a neurosurgeon (all previous was under orthopedic)
My options are fusion or some sort of pacemaker.

Free the last surgery making me worse I'm admittedly scared going forward and wondered what people's experiences are with the above two options. 

(Sorry for the long winded post)



  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 971
    edited 02/17/2017 - 3:47 AM


    I'm glad hear you have new hope on solving your back issues.  The pacemaker is what people usually refer to as an SCS (Spinal Cord Stimulator). There's a whole forum section about it here on this site.   I've never had one but there are plenty of folks here who have and I'm sure they will comment.  Regarding fusion surgery I've had that twice and the recovery is long and tough... but it can in the end bring good long lasting relief.   What section of your spine has a problem?

    Harry - 65 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
  • trixttrix LiverpoolPosts: 35
    L5/S1. It's been a really struggle both physically and mentally so hoping what ever I choose works 
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  • nutcase007nnutcase007 United StatesPosts: 940
    trix - I know multiple people that have had fusions of L5/S1.  Their levels of success have varied.  My brother had one of the "cage fusions" back in 1979 and it was very successful.  The last couple of years (he is now in his mid 70s) and he has had some pain issues that have been manageable.  Please ask those "tough questions" of your neurosurgeon.    
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