... I suspect my situation is much different than yours, having been fused at a young age (20's) and having 20+ GOOD years, post-op. Only after I turned 50 did the real problems arise (hip pain, etc.) However, getting back to your situation, if you had arthritis in a joint prior to your fusion, you're always going to have it - arthritis isn't something that is "cured". It is... (2 replies)
... I'm almost 2 years out after a successful L4-5, S1 spinal fusion/laminectomy that cured my right sided sciatic issues. I am pain free and very happy that I had the surgery! My only issues are knee and foot pain on my right side and both hips with achey pain ever since the surgery. I'm wondering if this pain comes from the way I compensated for the pain before the surgery in... (2 replies)
... g they could do. We went to Scottsdale to the Laser Spine Institute and he had the ruptured material in the ruptured disc removed and then the next day he had a laminectomy and discectomy on one of the herniated discs. Then we flew home back to Iowa the next day. The pain in his legs immediately vanished. ... (8 replies)
... I had a laminectomy and foraminotomy on my lower back that was successful back in August 2009. ... (3 replies)
... in 2007 at 37 years old. I have been under the care of a PM doctor since my thoracic laminectomy and in the last year have had my lumbar back develop retrolisthesis and subsequent degenerative scoliosis and thus will be having the multilevel fusion. ... (6 replies)
... op. from a PLIF level 3 and laminectomy with continued pain when i stand or walk and back spasms all day.The longer I am on my spine the worst it will get. ... (2 replies)
... and cautioned me that a laminectomy would make my pain worse. He subsequently referred me to an orthopedic spine surgeon at UCSF, who disagreed, thus I went ahead with the surgery. ... (3 replies)
... I am five weeks into recovery for my back surgery...I had a laminectomy and discectomy L4 and L5 were involved. Prior to my surgery I had two spinal injections which is when my right leg pain and knee numbness really got worse. ... (2 replies)
... any years. Last 5 I have been to a Pain Clinic. Had several epidural nerve blocks worked at first but last 3 didn't. Have had neural spine stimulator implant and laminectomy due to stenosis. Last 8 months have been pure HELL ! Any movement is pain. Cannot sit, stand lay walk without pain. ... (11 replies)
... I just had a partial laminectomy and though my MRI showed stenosis, it did not show the huge bone spurs that were squishing my nerves. This was a shock to the surgeon. ... (11 replies)
... I had L4-S1 my surgeon said that my healing plateau would be 12 months but evidently not.I had to take a disability retirement from a physical job I had for 13 years because I couldn't stand for 4 hours.
Thanks! (2 replies)
... Do you have your own insurance? If so, I would find a new spine surgeon and find out what is going on, what is causing the pain, etc.
They are talking about a neurotransmitter, which is similar to a tens unit that is implanted in the spine. Since it is an invasive surgery, it is not without risk of complication...and is usually considered a "last resort" when all other... (2 replies)
... Yes, fractures occurred in the last two years. In July of 2011 I had surgery; L4-5 laminectomy, medial facetectomy and foraminotomy bilaterally, with L5-S1 microdiskectomy. Following surgery my pain got significantly worse. In January of 2012 I had MRIs of total spine, no fractures. This year (2014) with xrays and MRI it shows the 5 fractures. No substantial injury to... (7 replies)
... After you have the surgery, within six weeks when you start to move a bit better, you will find that people around you will expect that you should be "back to normal." It can be very frustrating, but do not let it influence your approach to rehab and recovery. Learn to listen to your body and respect what it is trying to tell you. (3 replies)
... Thank you Teteri - The S1 was cracked in the car accident, and never healed. It predisposed me to fracture when I had the prior surgery.
I appreciate your support & feedback. I needed an outlet to vent all of this, because my friends & family don't quite understand. My Boyfriend thinks exercise will get me back into shape, etc. He's been going to my appointments with me,... (3 replies)
... It sounds like you are having the type of fusion that is sometimes called "360" which is ALIF/PLIF. Some surgeons choose to do the surgery over two days while some do it all at the same time.
I am a bit confused over when the pars fracture occurred, if they know. Seems like the car crash would be a good bet, but I thought you said it happened as a result of the surgery.... (3 replies)
... and cautioned me that a laminectomy would make my pain worse. He subsequently referred me to an orthopedic spine surgeon at UCSF, who disagreed, thus I went ahead with the surgery. ... (6 replies)
... her thing that comes to mind is that it is almost always a good idea to get more than one opinion when contemplating spine surgery. While, as back surgeries go, laminectomy is one of the easier surgeries, there are no guarantees that you will come out of it in less pain, or without other issues. ... (1 replies)
... Sometimes a surgeon takes a bit more than necessary, or performs a laminectomy on several adjoining levels, creating a situation of instability, and often requiring a fusion at some point in the future...but this does not happen frequently. ... (3 replies)
... Erm - as far as I know, they didn't. If you mean did they put any hardware in me, then no. The surgeon just did the laminectomy, but no fusion or metal or anything like that. (3 replies)