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Old 12-05-2003, 10:48 AM   #1
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I had nucleoplasty

Hi everyone. A couple of months ago I posted a question about nucleoplasty, but didn't hear anything back. I did find some information in other threads, though. My impression was that the procedure and recovery really varied between people, so I didn't know what to expect.

I had the procedure done on Monday, and am at home recovering. Compared ot the discography, I found nucleoplasty to be much more bearable, probably because of the "happy drugs" I was given. It hurts now, but the docs say within 7-10 days I should notice if the procedure worked. Is this what other folks have determined? I only had it done on L5-S1.

thanks for your time,
Katie

 
Old 12-05-2003, 05:42 PM   #2
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Re: I had nucleoplasty

Hi Katie!

I am scheduled for Nucleoplasty on Jan 9th after a long wait. I am also having it at only one level, L4-L5. I look forward to watching your progress as we'll be quite close to each other, only a month apart!

What kind of restrictions are you on as far as how much weight can you lift? Were you told to limit sitting/standing? Are you using a brace?

Hope you are feeling stronger every day! Sorry I didn't see your post before you had surgery. I kind of got lost when new 'look' came on ~ and just recently began posting again! Nice to meet you!

Karen

 
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Old 12-06-2003, 07:14 AM   #3
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Re: I had nucleoplasty

Karen,

I was suprised at the lack of guidance I received from the docs concerning what to not do and do. I got a sheet of paper saying not to sit for more than 15 minutes at a time, to watch what I lift, etc. I was given a week off of work. No brace of any sort. I actually feel a lot better today, 5 days post-procedure, and think I can manage work next week.

I find that by dinner time I am ready to rest in bed from sitting/standing all day.

Best of luck next month!

Katie

 
Old 12-06-2003, 07:29 AM   #4
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Re: I had nucleoplasty

[COLOR=Red][B][CENTER]Good Morning Katie,[/CENTER][/B]
[INDENT]Welcome to the Healthboards. First let me start by saying that I am very sorry that no one had answered your post about nucleoplasty. I do feel very bad that you came to these boards looking for support prior to your surgery and you did not find it and I am truly sorry for that. I myself try and answer a couple of posts but nucleoplasty is one that I am not familiar with. I have noticed that Karen has replied to your post and like she said she is also having this type of surgery. I am happy that both of you will be able to share experiences with one another.

However I can relate to your statement about the discogram and I actually had a little chuckle over it. I am not saying that the discogram was anything to laugh about as that procedure is one that I will never forget. I do wish you a very successful recovery and you are in my prayers.[/INDENT]
[B][CENTER] Jeanne [/CENTER][/B][/COLOR]

 
Old 12-06-2003, 09:14 AM   #5
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Re: I had nucleoplasty

Tomorrow....

I thought the same thing about Katie's discogram comments! Not a fun thing, to say the least! The only thing that got me through it was knowing it w/b over soon!

Katie... It's good to hear that you're feeling so well! How long have you been standing @ one time in the last couple of days?

I would just make one suggestion. Do a search here on Nucleoplasty and read everything you can. Even now. Successtory has some very good advice re: the healing process. Kennethhoff also has posted some sage advice re: recovery process.

The one thing that sticks out most in my mind is what Successtory said ~ even when you think you're feeling better, and can do things you did before surgery - DON'T. I don't think she means anything....just be very careful. Even though you're feeling much better - that disc has still been traumatized and is far from being healed. It wouldn't take much to undo what good was done. I'm really not being an alarmist....just want you t/b cautious so that you're also a success story!

Keep up the good work!

Karen

 
Old 12-07-2003, 02:14 PM   #6
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Re: I had nucleoplasty

Thanks for all the advice, esp. the one about not over doing it. I have been feeling better, but it still hurts to sit or stand for over 30 minutes. It's funny, but even being in bed doesn't seem to help. Psychologically I think it helps, but physically it feels the same.

Going to try going to work tomorrow, and luckily I can take more time off if I need it. Will probably come home early tomorrow.

Yes, thankfully the discography is over! I remember the surgeon describing it to me waaaaay back when, and I thought I'd never do it. Now I'm glad it's over, esp. if the nucleoplasty or IDET don't help, I won't have to do it before surgery. On a positive note, I feel like I bonded with the people in the room, especially the nurse holding my hand!

thanks again,
Katie

 
Old 12-11-2003, 01:52 PM   #7
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post-nucleoplasty - how long?

Okay, it's been about 11 days after my nucleoplasty, and my doc said that within 7-10 days I'd be able to tell if it helped. My question is - if this has helped people, how long did it take to know? I think my pain is worse, and I am even trying to skip out of work early again. I was optimistic, but maybe too anxious?

thanks
Katie

 
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