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Posted by Pat G on November 27, 2000 at 21:38:23:

In Reply to: degenerative disk disease posted by jim spring on November 27, 2000 at 20:38:37:

: Is there a new enzyme that will be released in 2001 to help with the surgery of 2 or more herniated disks . this enzyme will help with surgery when two or more disks are herniated with degenerative disk disease and arthritis. I am contemplating surgery with the L4and L5 disk herniated and I also have degenerative disk disease.But is there a great chance of failure in this situation. jim spring
Dear Jim: I am a 52 year old woman with spinal arthritis and degenerating disks. I had back surgery on L4-5 in Mar. 1993 for a disk bulge and to remove bone spurs, as my low back spinal canal was too narrow with the disk and bone spurs. When the neurosurgeon got in there, she found that the disk wasn't bad enough, so she left it. She removed the bone spurs. I still get pain in both legs, but my neuro told me, "I can only repair your back; I can't give you a new one." I had C5-6 neck fusion in June, 2000, by the same neuro. I still have arm pain, but no numbness and tingling. These surgeries were done to save the nerves that were getting pinched. The surgeries don't necessarily stop the pain. My spine looks like it has been compressed. I was active and lived in the forest of Wash. state and I lifted a lot of firewood, laundry, shoveled snow, hauled water, etc. Don't expect a "new back", you still may have some pain. What you don't want is numbness. With any surgery, there is always risk. I'd talk to your doctor about the risks. My surgeries came out fine. If you have concerns, perhaps you can find out the medical history or references for your surgeon.

This site is getting closed down. You may want to start to visit the new web site (a box comes on your screen at the upper left corner when you come into the Health Board site, before you are in under any category). A lot of people are going there now. I hope I've been of some help. Take care, PatG.

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