Re: Kennethhoff - how are you?
For me, the nucleoplasty did not work. It helped a bit with the sciatica, but not the back. 6 weeks after the nucleo, I was still in pain and was given a caudial injection which helped a bit.
My thoughts now about nucleo:
If, and only if you have a contained herniation and it is not too large, I think it can help people. If you have any tears of any kind in the annulus itself, I don't think nucleoplasty will help. This is because nucleo is to decompress a disk and take pressure of the exiting nerve root that come of the spinal cord (mine was at L5-S1). But tears, etc.. in the annulus cause pain to the nerves in the annulus itself which nucleo is not meant for. Some say IDET, but all my research has said it is a shot at best. This is even said by Arthrocare, maker of the PercWand which is used for the nucleo.
I have had back pain progressivley getting worse since the end of 1997. Last year I believe is when the annulus actually broke. I have tried many anti-inflammatories, with no help, and am now back to P/T and percocet. I know in time the percocet will become more and more, but what else can I do. I will continue more epidurals which I know are temporary at best.
I am now looking at fusion or ADR. If it comes down to it being so bad, I feel I will no choice but to do one. I am now gathering info on ADR trials to see if I am a candidate.
This whole thing, back pain, drugs, nucleo, etc.... has completely wore me down
physically and mentally. Like many others, life is a day to day thing. I have no idea how things will turn out, but I will always know I have tried my best.
I wish you well with your procedure and hope you finally get the relief we all are searching for.