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Old 01-28-2005, 02:17 PM   #1
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share your surgery success story!

I thought this would be a great thread! There are many of us who have successful surgeries but our stories don't get heard because many don't come back to share since there isn't a problem any longer.
The hope is that this will help others make an informed decison regarding if they should or should not have a surgical procedure. So, please feel free to share!


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Old 02-02-2005, 06:25 PM   #2
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Re: share your surgery success story!

okay everyone-I think if we can get some good success stories from our surgeries, we can make this a sticky to help others contemplating surgery. I am still healing from my L4-5, S1 360 degree Lumbar Interbody Fusion on Dec 15, 2004. Doing pretty darn good and so glad I had this done. I don't have any of the pain I had prior to surgery. My pain was largely caused by DDD in both discs. I am 27 and on my way to hopefully a more pain free life now!
(If we want, we can start a Surgery Failure thread too, to give both sides of the situation) If you are new here, please remember that all surgeries get different results and that all people will heal different and experience things differently. There are many factors that affect surgery outcomes.

 
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Old 02-02-2005, 08:48 PM   #3
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I am 4 weeks post-op from an L4-L5-S1 TLIF with 6 screws, two rods, cages, cadaver bone, and BMP. So far I'm doing GREAT! I've had almost no pain since about 2 weeks post-op, and I am on no pain medication. This is a huge change for me, since I was on very strong pain meds several times a day before surgery. My pain was caused by two very damaged discs in my lumbar spine. It took quite a while to find the exact cause of all of my pain, but since the surgery I am now fully confident that those discs were definitely the problem. Now I'm looking forward to the day (not far away!) when I will get my life back! Before my back problems started, I was the most anti-back surgery person you'd ever met. I now know that surgery does have a place, although it is a last resort.

 
Old 02-03-2005, 01:01 AM   #4
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Artifical disc replacement

Hi am am new to this site but thought I would share my surgery success story.

I have had my L4/5 disc replaced with an artificle disc I was told 15 years ago I needed to have a fusion. I knew this would be the worse thing for me as my discs below were also weak. So I waited, and waited, and waited. Finally 5 years ago I heard about the trials for this artificle disc surgery and the specialist said I was a perfect candidate. We contiplated doing both L4/5 & L5/S1 but opted for L4/5 only as the other one should heal once other is fixed. The day after my surgery I knew I was better, I no longer experienced sciatica. I have no regrets with opting for this surgery but am glad I waited. My life is back to normal. I hope this gives some of you hope if you are looking at this sort of surgery.

 
Old 02-03-2005, 02:49 PM   #5
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Hello,

I had my to level fusion on L4/L5-L5-S1 on 7 September, and I am doing great. There were times when I questioned whether or not to have the fusion but now looking back I realize that I made the right choice. I have been going to PT since December and I am feeling strong, reenergized and I finally have my life back. I resumed work this week and everything is going great. The one piece of advice that I give to everyone who is about to go through a fusion or has recently had one, is to please please be good to your body..you will get to a point where you start to feel pretty good but remember that your body is still healing and it is a long process.


Lots of good wishes to everyone
Anne

 
Old 02-03-2005, 02:54 PM   #6
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Re: share your surgery success story!

can i ask what nyc doctors you used either for neuro or ortho.

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QUOTE=nycgirl25]Hello,

I had my to level fusion on L4/L5-L5-S1 on 7 September, and I am doing great. There were times when I questioned whether or not to have the fusion but now looking back I realize that I made the right choice. I have been going to PT since December and I am feeling strong, reenergized and I finally have my life back. I resumed work this week and everything is going great. The one piece of advice that I give to everyone who is about to go through a fusion or has recently had one, is to please please be good to your body..you will get to a point where you start to feel pretty good but remember that your body is still healing and it is a long process.


Lots of good wishes to everyone
Anne [/QUOTE]

 
Old 02-03-2005, 02:59 PM   #7
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Hi Larry,

I have a wonderful team of Doctors who have been taking care of me since i Had my first back surgery 2 years ago. THey are both at St. Lukes Roosevelt, they are neuro's who specialize in spine disorders and I can not even begin to explain how great they have been. They are Dr. David Langer and Dr. Noel Perin, if you google them you will be directed to their hospital website.

Hope that you find this info useful.

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Old 02-05-2005, 04:57 AM   #8
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This month, I'm 2 years post-op from an L5-S1 microdiscectomy (13mm disc rupture)...the surgery was done by Dr. Robert Bray of the Cedars Sinai Center for Spinal Disorders. Within hours of waking up, pain was relieved, and the numbness that had taken over my right foot and ankle disappeared over the coming weeks. Missed only 9 days of work, went to a standing room only rock show about 3 weeks after the surgery, and took a transcontinental plane trip the following week with no ill effects. I've had a couple minor setbacks, but have been basically pain free. After 15 years of back problems, I feel like new.

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Old 02-05-2005, 07:36 PM   #9
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I had surgery last February- almost one year ago. I had a microdiscetomy on L5-S1 for a ruptured disk. I am doing great. I still have times where my back hurts if I push too hard or do to much, but overall I feel wonderful. On a daily basis there is absolutely no pain. The one piece of advice I could give to everyone is to continue to do your exercises! I can definitely tell when I skip stretching for too many days. My back definitely tightens up and will eventually start to hurt. Doing my exercises helps all the muscles remain lose and able to properly support my back. It's a small price to pay to keep a healthy back.

Prior to surgery, I had no back pain- only leg pain (not that it wasn't excruciating on its own). I waited a year and a half prior to having surgery because I wanted to try everything else first. The leg pain was immediately gone after surgery;however, it took about three months or so for the numbness to go away. I had a few setbacks along the way, but slowly progressed.

There are some things that I have not resumed doing since surgery, like running and playing volleyball. Each painfree day is worth whatever sacrifices I have to make in the future to avoid a further problem.

By the way, my surgery was at the Cleveland Clinic; however, my doctor is no longer practicing medicine there or I'd recommend him.

I hope this helps to encourage those in the midst of the struggle-- there is always hope for recovery no matter how long you've lived with the pain.
Jill

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Old 02-07-2005, 01:08 AM   #10
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Hi, New to the boards here but wanted to share my success story.
I had a spinal fusion of C5-C6 in March of 04. Bone spurs were ground off, 4 screws, plate and cadaver bone put in. The doc advised me that it was a very high percentage of long term hip pain if patient opted for bone graph instead of cadaver. So that was a no brainer decision for me.
3 months after surgery the doc told me that the progress I was making at that time, he usually see's after 6 month's in most patient's, so that was very encouraging.
It has been 11 months now and my neck feels fine, no numbness in my shoulder and left arm nor any shooting pain in same area. The only pain is if I look up too quick or tilt my head back too far, but that pain is very minimal and seems to lessen as time goes on.
Hope that this helps anyone facing this same procedure.
I also hope to report the same sucess after my L4-L5; L5-S1 artificial disc replacement surgery.

 
Old 02-07-2005, 12:46 PM   #11
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I am a 48 yr. old female and I recently had back surgery on 1/27 - L5/S1 laminectomy and microdiscectomy. It has been only 11 days and couldn't feel better. I never took any meds prior to the procedure because of course nothing will reduce nerve pain. I had tried all of the conventional therapies which were required by HMO. After total frustration and their need to tell me I would have to have cortisone shots, I opted for PPO while underoing "open enrollment. I had much success and chose a doctor that was out of network due to the fact that he is the best in the Orange County area (Neurosurgeon). My brother-in-law had excellent results with him from a cervical fusion, so made the plunge. My pain was nerve pain in the foot/leg/hip/rear and was under duration for about four (4) months. Upon completion of the surgeries, my pain was immediately removed, but of course have a lingering pain in the area of the incision from one side of the hip to the other. But actually on a scale of 1-10, it is not much. Most of my pain is typically at the end of the day. My biggest efforts are getting in and out of bed which I experience the pain most with. I couldn't have been more pleased with the procedures. My doctor had given me a 15 week expected medical leave, but am hopeful to be back in the office by my 10th week due to my excellent recovery.

I have been taking 30 minute walks (and sometimes longer), but usually do get wiped out afterwards. I am always trying to push myself every day but am careful not to pick up anything or do any bend/twist actions and do still understand my limitations and will respect them. My admiration for body mechanics and balance has greatly improved and plan on taking a new approach for total spinal health.

Take care and best wishes to all,

Joni

 
Old 02-07-2005, 06:29 PM   #12
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I had three level ProDisc ADRs L3-4, L4-5, and L5-S1 14 weeks ago. Pain free in the recovery room. Unlimited use and range of motion. Lifting heavy at the gym since week 4. I feel great. Also,the surgery resored 2 1/4 inches of height.

I hope everyone has the success I've experienced.

 
Old 02-07-2005, 07:54 PM   #13
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Hi there ... just a quick question for those of you that had the artificial disc replacement surgeries. Have any of you had this done in the USA? If so, what state do you live in, or what state did you have it done in? I would consider this ... but I can't travel over-seas to have it done.

 
Old 02-08-2005, 02:56 AM   #14
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One level Charite ADR is approved in the U.S.

Two level ProDisc ADR should see FDA approval in the fall of 2005.

Three to five level ADR is only available over seas.

Good luck,

 
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