I had a microdiscectomy on l4/l5 in 2001 which gave me great relief from lower back pain, burning left hip and left leg sciatica. Reinjured my back last year and herniated a disc at l5-s1 with simular pain. Doc wants to do double laminectomy at l5-s1 with microdiscectomy. I am 54 yo and I am concerned it will only come back again. Do you have any info on fusion surgery as an alternative? I am very concerned that this new surgery will leave me in intractable pain with only the prospect of future surgeries. I have (had) a very active life before this injury. I like to fly, scuba and work out. I am very worried that when I am in the hospital post-surgery that my pain medication tolerance will cause the Doc to under medicate me. Any suggestions?
Last edited by JohnJohnston; 01-29-2011 at 05:59 PM.
I would suggest you get several opinions from spinal specialists (both ortho spine surgeons and neurosurgeons who devote their practice to issues of the neck and back) from different practices. You may find that there are various ways to approach your issues and it might provide more insight into what is the best way to proceed.
No surgery will guarantee that you will not injure your back in the future. Often some changes in lifestyle become necessary once one begins to have spine problems. That being said, I have a friend who had a lumbar fusion about ten years ago. He still goes mountain climbing, kayaking and goes on dives...so it is possible.
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Hello, and welcome to the board. I would suggest that you talk to the doctor you choose and go over all options. Having a fusion versus a mirco isn't any guarantee that you won't ever have more problems. That is dependant on so many variables that it isn't possible to predict. That's why choosing your surgeon carefully is so important....you need to feel that you can trust his opinion as to what procedure is best for you.
As for your medication worries, that, too, is something you need to go over with your dr. I don't know what you are taking now, but if it is really powerful, you may need to cut back prior to surgery. It's a legitimate worry so I would most definitely discuss how your dr. plans to control your post-op pain.
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Thank you for your advice. I guess I am a soft ball pain pill taker with my one 10 mg percoset pill every 6 hours compared to some other posters. I just want to get off these things and get back to a normal life. Surgery is tomorrow and I hope to have a favorable outcome.