I would love to know what spinal surgeries you've have and whether they were successful or not. All of you have such a wealth of information and life experience (although I understand that you would have rather done without it
How common is the formation of scar tissue on nerve roots? It seems scar tissue definitely alters a good outcome surgery, but I can't find any stats to see how common scar tissue formation is.
My PT would like me to try MacKenzie therapy and put off microdiscectomy a couple weeks. I need to be somewhat functional without severe pain by May 30 -- I have a summer theatre workshop I am responsible for that begins that date -- this is not negotiable.
Mine was successful, Totally . I had a TLIF & Lumbar Spinal Fusion, all Minimumlly invasive with only a tiny 1 1/2 inch scar on each side of the lower spine. I have 2 rods, 4 screws, and 2 cages with BMP for bone growth, I don't have any scar tissue I was told.
I am only 6 weeks Post-op and at 5 weeks the fusion was already Fusing.
MORN'N, I HAD 3 SURGERIES ,1983- CHYMOPAPAIN L4-5, 1999- MICRODISKECTOMY L4-5,L5-S1 ,2002- BACK FUSION L4-5,L5-S1 RODS ,SCREWS, AND BONE DONATED. NOW I'M FACING FUSION ON L3. BECAUSE THE VERTEBRA IS UNSTABLE. BACKS ARE A UNGOING THING. THE PEOPLE SUCCESSFUL SHOULD PAY THE LOTTO!!!!! SEE YA!!!!!
So far, I consider mine a sucess, atleast where my pain levels are concerned.
I had a two level Lumbar INterbody Fusion (L4-S1), front and back approach December 15, 2004. I am feeling pretty darn good, and will be happier when I don't have to wear my brace and bone stimulator anymore. I am planning on returning to work (well, new work, though same company, different state) around April one. I am 27. I had DDD in those two discs and after my discogram, fusion was discussed. I have to say though, I was pushing for the surgery. I was lucky I turned out to be a good candidate.
I have no idea if I am fusing-I get a new xray the second week of April and will send it to my dr-he will then decide the next step.
No one has mentioned Physical Therapy, but actually, i don't know if I really really need it! I know all the exercises to do, and I work out on my own doing low impact aerobics and walking. I am also not taking my lifting job again, instead going to a more stationary one.
I just saw that your surgery has been scheduled, and wanted to say best wishes to you for a safe surgery and speedy recovery. I don't know all the details yet, but I'll read up on them. Best wishes again!