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L5-S1 Lamenectomy & Fusion

Posted 02-21-2012 10:09 AM by Navyman
Updated 02-21-2012 02:06 PM by Administrator

The procedure that was completed competed was a L-5 & S1 Lamenectomy & Spinal Fusion (2 rods & 4 screws) due to a herniated disk and PARS defect. It's only been 6 weeks since surgery and I've had no complications or problems.

I was up and walking the next day with a walker. I was discharged and have been recovering from home since. I've been amazed how well things have progressed and I"m now walking on a treadmill each day about 1.5 miles at a 2.5 mph pace with very little pain afterwards. This was an extreme surgery to have done for the first time but has made a very positive impact on my quality of life due to the absence of muscle cramps at night in both legs from the radiculopathy and sciatica.

I'm only 47 and I look forward to getting back to work in two months. Based on my condition and the severity of the pain in my legs prior to surgery, I would definitely recommend this surgery to anyone but make sure you check the history of the number of cases and success rates of the hospital and physician conducting the surgery. Having several opinions is highly recommended. My final decision to move forward was the constant thobing in both legs during prolonged standing or walking and the lack of sleep at night. 3 months of PT and lumbar back injections prior to surgery did not help the condition which was another deciding factor of finally having surgery. Wishing everyone health and happiness. Joe B.
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