... Apologies for not being more thorough in reading the replies.
The NS that I'm planning to do the surgery with is at the Duke Spine Clinic. He plans to do a 2 level laminectomy, one at L4, and at L5. Both levels are impinged on the left side. He said that if one were free, I would possibly been able to avoid the foot drop. Both of the levels control the anterior... (5 replies)
... t I too wonder about just doing laminectomy. It depends on the size of the disc bulge and how much of the lamina has to be removed, but the problem with doing a laminectomy alone is that it can result in instability. ... (5 replies)
... What is the rationale for laminectomy without fusion? ... (5 replies)
... micro. He feels that surgery would restore my foot to normal. Both L4 and L5 are compressed, causing the foot drop, so he suggests a 2 level laminectomy with out fusion. Any further surgery would require fusion. ... (5 replies)
... That's a pretty good response for ESI I would think, and a good indication that you'll get some benefit from removing the compression. You probably already know this but every study I've ever heard of shows a correlation between time of compression and degree of improvement so sooner is probably better once you are certain that you are comfortable with the surgeon and the... (5 replies)
... I'm about 15 miles from Duke Hospital. I've just being weighing the surgery for now. I think the best thing to do is to try it and see if the foot drop improves. After I had an ESI last week, I was able to lift my big toe on my left foot again, so steroids reducing the swelling helped.
I think I just need to put on my big girl panties and schedule the surgery. (humor... (5 replies)
... Hello everyone! I hope everyone is well or as well as you can be in situations like this. Let me tell you a little about the problems that I'm having. I have congenital foraminal lumbar spinal stenosis with spondylosis from my L1-S1. I found out in June after I had a kidney infection/uti for the second time in seven months. I was hospitalized, was on meds, got sent home after... (1 replies)
... 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)
... 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)
The upside is that it could be a "mere" back spasm...I've had many dozen. My pattern was 3 days of near immobile and then very slow improvement over a week. If I was going to walk the first 3 days I needed to use a TENS unit to cancel the spasm pain, A LITTLE. So you will have to watch and wait.
The downside is that CRACK you heard. I heard one in 1973 and have been... (3 replies)
... In June of 2013 I had a lumbar laminectomy. Prior to that my back was so bad I could barely even walk across the room without a walker. And that was while I was on near max levels of - ultram, fentanyl, oxycodone, and celebrex, zanaflex, and lyrica all at once. Needless to say I was friggin miserable. So - had the surgery and right from day one I was essentially pain free and... (3 replies)
... Thanks for the reply.
I went to a spine surgeon, in the X-rays and MRI the vertebrae was a little out of place, but he didn't think "rods and screws were necessary". I was a little concerned and asked my family doctor for his opinion. He said that because the pain progressed so rapidly, that he thought I needed to go ahead and have it done. And after reading all the stories... (2 replies)