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Hi Stonecutter and WELCOME!

It sounds to me like the bulging at L4 is now bulging more and pinching the nerve even more that runs down from your butt. Bending forward before and causing you the pain to now bending backwards only suggest like I have said above. It seems the bulge pushes out the back when bending forward and forward when bending back.

As for the surgery that will help..... the laminectomy (: surgical removal of the posterior arch of a vertebra) and microdiskectomy (Discectomy and Microdiscectomy

Both terms mean the surgical removal of part or most of a vertebral disc. The difference between discectomy and microdiscectomy is the latter procedure uses a microscope during surgery.

Either procedure can be used when appropriate to remove herniated or ruptured discs. The advantage to microdiscectomy is the incision and instruments used are smaller in size. Any procedure that is less invasive enables the patient to recover more quickly.)
These will most likely be the first types of surgery your doctor will try. They are the less invasive surgeries. In the states they are only an over the night stay and a very small incision. The doctor only removes the bulge and "cleans up" the opening where the nerve comes through the vertebra (bone) where this is all touching the nerve.

I hope this helps. If you want more let me know.



1980- Transaxillary resection of 1st rib and division of band (left side)
1982- Diagnostic Laparoscopy
1985- Transaxillary excision of cervical rib (right side)
1991- Laser stapedectomy (right side)
1992- Fractional D&C
1992- Diagnostic Laparoscopy
1996- Lumbar hemilaminectomy
1999- Left knee arthoscopic surgery
2001- Laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy
2002- L5-S1 Microdiscectomy
2002- L4-L5, L5-S1 Anterior inter-body lumbar fusion with cages and my own bone from left hip for bone graft
2002- Neck problems Surgery??????
2002 DEC 21- C4-5, C5-C6 Anterior Cervical Corpectomy with Fusion and Internal Fixation (Bone from the bone bank)

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