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Facing back fusion and surgery to relieve sciatic pain
Hi, my name is Pam. I've never joined something like this before, but after reading some of your comments, I thought perhaps I could relieve some of my apprehension.
I'm facing L4-L5 fusion back surgery and also to relieve my sciatic pain. I'm absolutely terrified. I wanted the surgeon to just do a microdiscectomy to relieve my sciatic pain, but he said I had a herniated disc and that the L4 & L5 were unstable and moving. He said if he just corrected the sciatic that it would most likely make the discs worse and more painful. He said it would be hard to do surgery in the future because of the scar tissue created from the microdiscectomy. I'm going through the pre-op procedures now, lab, EKG, chest xray, and a pre-surgery physical by another doctor. Then he will schedule the surgery. I'm still wondering if I'm doing the right thing, or if I will be worse off. I think I've done so much research that I'm scaring myself even more. I just would like to know if anyone can give me any advice on whether or not to have it done. Just in their opinion of course.