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Surgery for spinal fusion - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Brain and Spine
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Practicing since : 2004
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User :   My neurosurgeon is recommending a lapidectomy, diskectomy and spinal fusion for DDD, a small right herniation that I had since 2008 and a new left much larger paracentral disk herniation that is contacting my S-1 nerve all on L5/S1. Its been 11 weeks of PT and Chiro, etc since this new left herniation happened- still can't really sit down for more than 1/2 hour but much longer with a back brace and sitting is very specific to the chair. I still have the pain - far less intense than the first 6 weeks -but cannot get the burning pain near my tailbone and in my left buttock to go away. He said my ddd is significantly worse than a 2008 MRI when I had the right herniation he stated - but I am trying to see if it will it heal with time and exercise? Is the fusion necessary? I have had back aches for years and just sucked it up, but this pain is obvisouly different - I am a 43, physically fit, active woman and want to make the right choice.
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   i am Dr
User :   Hello
Doctor :   give me a min please let me read your query
Doctor :   ok let me guide you here
Doctor :   well to begin with the right approach of treatment from your conditions begins with medications and physical therapy
Doctor :   and as i can see you have already done both
Doctor :   and now the next BEST step for you is surgery
Doctor :   i know many are apprehensive regarding a spinal surgery
Doctor :   but the prognosis is very good
Doctor :   and in your case it seems the right way to go
User :   What is the chance I would end up worse?
Doctor :   well my personal advice to you would be to find a surgeon who has an experience of doing MOST surgeries
Doctor :   the number matters
User :   I have one - lots of surgeries to folks in the area - all with excellent results even after 7-10 years - he is confident he can fix me - I like him....should I see another face to face or is that a waste of time really
Doctor :   and dont worry have faith and everything will be fine, yes i do agree that the there are certain chances things getting worse
Doctor :   BUT thats with everything
Doctor :   so stay positive
Doctor :   well if you have faith in yous doc
Doctor :   then thats great
Doctor :   since you are in good health
Doctor :   that really matters in the recovery process
User :   Well thank you for the opionion and the pep talk - I guess I just need to muster the courage :-) Last question: Would I be off work very long I forgot to ask him
Doctor :   depends on the recovery but many do recover in 3 months time max
Doctor :   i am glad i was there to help you
Doctor :   i wish you a speedy recovery
User :   I'm glad too - thank you very much and have a great day~
Doctor :   you too
Doctor :   good bye
User :   good bye
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