... I am having a laminectomy of L3, 4 & 5 with fusion of L4/5. Looking for anyone with a similar surgery how it went and how was their recovery. I am extremely nervous for the surgery. (1 replies)
... When is the surgery? Do you know what type of fusion you are having and what type of bone graft will be used. This may make a small difference in the amount of time needed for recovery.
Just generally speaking, and there is no way of knowing ahead of time how quickly you may recover or get through the surgery, people are told they should plan on being off work anywhere... (1 replies)
... I just came from my dr and I am only 3wks post op a microdisecectomy and laminectomy on l5-s1 where I too, had a huge herniation. I asked the dr today, how much disc was left and he said that it was hard to say, but if I did re-herniate, it was possible that I may need a fusion. I have a lot of anxiety about this, but am determined to not bend and twist, if I can help it. ... (1 replies)
I had a large herniation at l5-s1 and had a microdiscectomy-laminectomy 3 wks ago. I did well the 1st week b/c I imaging the meds masked the pain and inflammation. Week 2, I had some muscle spasms and started up with the muscle relaxer, again. I just hit week 3 and yesterday, after doing my walking and sitting (alternating both), I began with the familiar nerve pain... (4 replies)
... p pain will always be there he thinks. The only way to get rid of it would be a Fusion and he said there is no way he would ever have that done. He wants to do a Laminectomy for my leg pain and also kill a nerve in the facet joint which that would be temporary relief of the back pain. ... (0 replies)
... Hi...i had l4 l5 microdiscectomy and laminectomy about 4 months ago. ... (1 replies)
... After being diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis in 1992 and undergoing several other treatment options that were not successful, I had back surgery, a laminectomy w/bone fusion. I then developed urinary incontinence, which is still a problem for me. :( and also lost my mobility. I am now spending most of the time in a wheelchair, although I am able to use a walker for very... (2 replies)
... Hello and thanks for the info. I've not heard of cauda equina syndrome but I just did a Google search for it and after reading about it I will definitely mention this to my doctor. It never hurts to ask questions; after all it IS my body. Thanks much! (2 replies)
... I am so sorry you are suffering from these unintended consequences of spine surgery.
How long after surgery was it that you developed the urinary incontinence? Did you report it to the surgeon? If so, what was the response?
I am assuming you had surgery in the lumbar part of the spine. If so, it sounds like you now have cauda equina syndrome. While it is more... (2 replies)
... Thanks Brian I will, I thought I finally had MediGap insurance but for the second time in a row I was denied (gee I thought they could no longer deny you lol) I found out something very interesting from these two tho, the way they are getting to deny you now is through the under writing and they use a company called "MILLIMAN" that company gets all the pharmacies prescription... (12 replies)
... Dr. Gross is in S.C and has done over 4,000 Rob. Make sure you go to someone like that.
Brian (12 replies)
... Sorry I did not get back sooner my computer was acting up if it is not one thing it is another lol
Thank I will look into the resurfacing I think I just got the medigap to pick up the 20% medicare does not but I am waiting for the plan information to come. I want to go to St Louis MO there is a hospital there i have read about (i am about 2 hours away from there) I am sure... (12 replies)
... It was great to hear from you, all you can do is stick with it I always push and push hard and I end up paying for it. I live in Missouri and where I live rocks grow like grass so I was dinging them out yesterday (I did not pick them up) and I paid for it.
The pain Dr's upped my meds to Oxy 30mg now and that is mostly for the leg pain (if it is doing something I thank God... (12 replies)
... I do not post much I usually just look around and see what is going on. I had back surgery that was on levels L-4 L5 L5-S1 that involved a Laminectomy fusion cutting the disc with instrumentation and a few other things I no longer remember (it was 20 years ago) And bone dowel for stabilization in he front. That surgery failed I did run into someone that had the same surgery... (12 replies)
... level laminectomy as it is very difficult to clean up enough to free up the nerve without creating an unstable situation. ... (12 replies)
... So this is to anyone post op folks from lamy's without fusion. I'd like to know your short story if you have time.
I'm 61, live in Massachusetts and have had some back / hip issues with L1/T12 and have been evaluated by a top doc at Emerson and also have seen a top rated Neuro at New England Baptist.
The latter says when I'm ready he would do a laminectomy on L4, L3, and... (12 replies)
You're my kinda guy.
I would recommend strongly to consider a hip resurfacing (which is the compact way ) with no "stake in the femur".
I get around VERY well on mine and almost went back to playing hockey, but decided not to because I live on my own and have a mortgage...............
Dr. Michael Mont at Sinai in Baltimore MD did mine. I was #429 for this... (12 replies)
... Thanks for all the replies. I sincerely appreciate them. This last one above me ,,,,,,,,,,,Whoa, you are a tough guy. You know what, country living will likely make you feel better. I get a charge out of watching and hearing all the birds at my feeders, and feeding resident chipmunks when I'm home.
I have to work till I'm 70 and have about 9 years to go, so I've decided to... (12 replies)
... I believe much more than 50% of back surgeries are successful. It really depends on how long someone waits before seeing a spine specialist.
The doctor who recommended PT and injections is doing what most surgeons do, which is try all non-invasive, or conservative, measures first to see if you can get some relief. If that fails, surgery may be needed. If you go to a surgeon... (12 replies)
... I had spinal fusion by a well-respected neuro surgeon, then PT. But, I still hurt - almost as much as originally at times -- since the operation. My surgeon conducted numerous tests post operation and said he could see nothing that would cause the pain I still have. I heard only about half of back surgeries are successful. I don't have quite as much pain as before, and my... (12 replies)