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Lumbar Spine Surgery, Should I?
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Diagnosed with severe Lumbar spinal stenosis. Orthopedic doc recommended laminectomy and fusion. Decided to go to a neurosurgeon for second opinion. He also recommended laminectomy on three vertebrae and fusion on three vertebrae. I won't kid you, I'm scared. Is the surgery going to work, relieve me of pain? How long is the recovery? He says it could be 6-12 months! Anyone had this experience? I've had two knee replacements and two cancer surgeries in the last 18 years. I hate the thought of… read more

posted June 4, 2018
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Just had a Mimi laminectomy and two discs fixed... Been three weeks. And wish I had done it long before 74 years old. Had Sciatica, disintegrating discs and stenosis. Great neurosurgeon here in Fla at Andrews Institute.

posted June 21, 2018
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I don't have the same issue as you. But I found out in January that I needed a Spinal Fusion. Scared was an understatement. The Physical therapist wouldn't touch me. The Pain doctor left the room and called the surgeon personally. They all agreed that if I didn't do this it would be months before I ended up in a wheelchair. Even scarier.
I had one of the best Neurosurgeons in the State. But I am 4 mths post surgery and in more pain than before.
My best advice is research. I did not have a lot of choices. I am not sure if I am glad that I did it. But I know I am still walking. Yes in pain but walking. Best of luck in your search for answers. But there are no right or wrong ones.

posted July 7, 2018
A MyChronicPainTeam Member

Wow! So many different outcomes! Some are pretty scary. I've seen three different doctors and all three recommend surgery. I have kind of decided on a neurosurgeon who has excellent outcomes. Now to just get my nerves up to get it done.

posted June 26, 2018
A MyChronicPainTeam Member

HI, nice to meet you here.
I have had successful neck fusion surgery), similar diagnose and spurring ) I had personally heard of the experiences, from the person themselves or a near relative of an excellent surgeon.
There are no words to explain how much better I feel.( neck related)
I had headaches and could not lift without worsening pain. I am now waiting for back surgery, and my back pain level is debilitating at times.
Knowing the success of neck surgery gives me hope. Mainly because I have that same DR.
Please do as much research as you can on the surgeon, and ask him any questions you may have. How he answers . may give you a clue how you feel. My DR had a great sense of humor, which put me at ease right away.
Don"t be afraid to get a 2nd opinion.
Keep a positive attitude now and when you go into surgery. Have someone positive around you before surgery and at the hospital and it is essential to do exactly what you Dr tells you. If you can have someone with you the first three days. Help with Dr's home instructions. Meals, etc.
The pains medication from surgery can make you groggy, and you want to follow the directions when you go home.
Use straws and lozenges for your throat after surgery. Straw help not hyperextend neck following surgery
Walk a bit around with someone. Keep that blood flowing prevent blood clots, No seriously, not to worry, just precautions. IM NOT A DR> JUST SHARING MY Experience and what seemed to help me when going home.
I too, was scared, but after hearing from a friend, how much she alone was helped, neck, back and even a repair of a shoulder surgery that gave her back for life, I was r e a d y to go to Surgery/. The DR ordered me a cervical slim osteogenesis stimulator. that speeds the fusion recovery. Orthofix (Phone number can only be seen by the question and answer creators) or more info. Your insurance may cover it. You can ask your Dr about it if you want.
Well, I hope this helps and is not Too Much Information.
For me, I was up and about after a few weeks, and after four months and my last appt, the DR told me my neck fusion was almost complete. Walking also helps significantly with the fusion.
Hang in there. : )
Keep us posted. : )

posted June 4, 2018
A MyChronicPainTeam Member

Had surgery... 2dis ectomys and a laminectomy in May and am glad I did. Find a good neurosurgeon and get it done...... I’m 74 and have avoided surgery until now but wish I had done it sooner!!!! Would not have this permanently numb foot!!!

posted December 21, 2018

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