thank you for your thoughts and prayers. It does help.
I have never had a discectomy. I think its because my original discs were removed and I had ear cartliage put in place. That surgery worked...so, there was no need for more surgery.
The problem now is moderate avascular necrosis. It would have been fine if I didn't bite on the livid screw...but, when I did, it basically ruined all the work I had accomplished.
Several doctors would not even consider surgery. They believed I should continue non invasive procedures. But, I have...for a year. And, I am physically and emotionally exhausted...I do not know what to do; but, to hold on.
The doctors who have considered surgery have told me nothing else would work except a total joint replacement; because of my problem and because of my multiple surgical history.
Yes, they will be total concepts implants. I refuse the Christensen...too too many problems. There is a new implant coming out, the Lorenz...But, I wanted an implant that has gone through studies and has a proven track record.
The doctor who is performing it says that my pain will not disappear; but, it will (hopefully) diminish...That is all I want. I would take my opening the way it is; though, honestly, I would be upset. But, the pain is my largest problem.
So, we'll see.
Oh, by the way, can you explain to me what a discectomy really is?
thanks again for your kind thoughts.