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The Greek Cyclist
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   Posted 5/14/2005 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi.  Have any of you, or do you know anyone who has had laminectomy surgery with fusion?  I would like to chat with some one who had the surgery to learn about their experience.  I am scheduled to have the surgery on June 30th.

sailgirl
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   Posted 5/14/2005 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had an L 4-5 laminectomy in 2003. I had a 25 year old injury that caused the vertebre to fuse themselves but in the process pinched of 6 nerves down my legs. I waited a long time because I was determined not to let a doctor mess with my back until I got to the point where I almost could not walk. The surgery was a breeze, the doc was great and I went back to work in two weeks. The thing is, you can't do all the things that you could with a normal back because you will eventually be right back where you started only perhaps in the adjacent disk. I still have some pain, but at least I don't trip and I can feel my toes. Just have a positive frame of mind and dont over do.
sailgirl

The Greek Cyclist
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   Posted 5/14/2005 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you for the reply Sailgirl.  I am glad to learn your surgery went well.  Are you now able to walk, hike, bicycle and run without pain or weakness in your leg muscles?  Did your surgery include fusion?


sailgirl
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   Posted 5/14/2005 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I have actually had 3 back surgeries, 1 in L4-5 and two with titanium plates in C3,4,5. All three helped a lot and I could still do most of the activities I did before. Your range of motion may decrease slightly but not enough to stop your activities. Be careful about lifting and jumping off of things because it compresses your back. I really have to force myself to let someone else carry the heavy grocery bags or take stuff out and make several trips. Right now, I am dealing with other problems that in retrospect make the back stuff seem simple.
See sailgirl thread on Chrons Disease. The laminectomy should be a breeze just take care and let yourself heal.
sailgirl

oreo
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   Posted 5/16/2005 1:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Sailgirl thanks for popping over and sharing your experience. It is great to see people who are popping from forum to forum. Welcome to the arthritis forum. Do you also suffer from arthritis? Seems that if we have one autoimmune disease eventually more show up.

Greek cyclist, welcome to the arthritis forum. I am glad that someone could come along that could help with your question. Hope that you keep posting.
OReo
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The Greek Cyclist
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   Posted 5/16/2005 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Sailgirl,

I looked at your thread on Chrons Disease.  Wow! What an incredible list of medical challenges.  The only feeble advice I can provide is to analyze and research everything you can about the medicine you are taking.  From personal experience, I was prescribed  medicine that exacerbated another medical condition.  My pcp prescribed medication at a time I was under the care of a specialists.  Each doctor was treating a different condition and each doctor was keeping each other informed about the condition and treatment.  However, when I started taking the med prescribed by the pcp I noticed it was aggravating the condition the spec was treating.   I looked up the adverse effects of the med the pcp had prescribed and saw that one of the side effects could cause the problem I was already having before the pcp prescribed the medicine.  DAH!  I called my pcp and explained the situation.  However, the pcp insisted that I should continue taking this med and to put up with the side effects.  To make a long story short a call from the spec to the pcp convinced the pcp I should not be taking this med.  The point of this rambling is that your meds may be counter productive.  So make sure the meds are not exacerbating all your health problems.  Good luck.

TGC


dotyba
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   Posted 5/20/2005 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Greek Cyclist,
 
My dad has been diagnosed with spinal stenosis after a year and a half of misdiagnosis.  He is now in rehab after having surgery less than 2 weeks ago.  Although he didn't have a fusion he did have a laminectomy.  His was done between the T2, T3, T4 and T5.  He is recovering very nicely and has NO PAIN.  He is pushing 80 years old! 
 
I hope this helped a bit.  My thoughts will be with you.
 
Dotyba
 
 

rzara
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   Posted 6/10/2008 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello

I was reading about your situation. I suffered horribly from spinal stenosis the entire year of 2007. Finally, I researched and interviewed 4 spine surgeons and all they wanted to do was cut my back open and insert a rod, plates and screws. I had a very funny feeling that I would be a good candidate for laser surgery.  Although it's a longer process surgery than the regular way of going into your back but the healing time is much less and you only have a very little scar in the back.

So after consulting with some of these physicians I decided to send my MRI reports and x-rays to only spine surgeons that specialize in laser. One group was in CA the other was in Tampa Fl.  They got back to me immediately and told me that I was a candidate for the surgery. So that tells you something right there about the other 4 surgeons I consulted with. To buy myself some time I got some pain management in my back, that was a big mistake. So the end of September 2007 I finally went down to the University of Miami school of Medicine and I met with Dr. Michael Wang who only dose laser surgery.  That is his specialty. I met with him again to set up my surgery date because I felt that he was the only honest one and he was associated with a very large group of physicians that only deal with neuro surgery at Jackson Memorial, Miami. It was worth it to me to travel the hour to go see the best.

On November 7, 2007 I was scheduled for a 6:00 PM night operation with Dr. Wang and his team. The surgery took 6.5 hours and I had a double L4-L5 fusion with a metal plate and 3 screws. This was supposed to help take the pressure off the sciatic nerve. Well it did. The operation was a success, but three weeks later I came down with severe acute RA and some other illnesses which I did not plan on. I was already set to go back to work and well I won't be able to work no more. I am not in good condition. The RA caused me to have severe COPD, Asthma, Eye tisssue disease and ulcerated stomach. But I am hopeful and positive that soon I will be in remission.

All I can suggest to you is make sure you interview and consult with several doctors who specialize in spinal stenosis and then make you big decision. It will pay off in the long run.

Take care good luck

Rebz nono


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 6/11/2008 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis. I can't understand what it is.
I guess I've just decided to BE disabled. I am. TV ain't a bad life.
I can still walk. And sometimes I feel better than others.
Can somebody explain what it is in laywoman's terms.
Pamela Neckpain
I have many other back issues. I'm trying to find the place to post them so I can compare with others.
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Sheridan
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   Posted 6/16/2008 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

First of all for ayone considering back surgery, this is serious stuff. Please get second opinions anfd consider all options as there seems to be many different ideas on what is the best type of surgery for spinal stenosis. Fusions result in lack of motion and this is definitely something to consider.

Having said the above, many people do well but there remains a significant number of people who do not so be extra careful. The Cleveland Clinic has an entire floor dedicated to "failed back surgery" patients.

Simply put stenosis is a choking of the spinal cord as the bones encroach on it.I think of it like a snake closing in on me. Not a great visual but helps me understand.

Good luck to all in the quest for pain relief.

Sheridan

 

 

 


SnowyLynne
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   Posted 6/16/2008 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
My hubby had surgery for Spinal Stenosis 12 yrs ago no fusion in the L2-3-4-5.Well he's having surgery again for stenosis in the L5 S! on the 23rd.He's in pain constantly.Alieve was helping greatly but Drs in Dallas wanted him off it 2 weeks prior to surgery,so he's been on generic Darvocet,which really hassn't helped alot.

SnowyLynne


singing butterflies
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   Posted 6/23/2008 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
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

Sheridan
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   Posted 6/24/2008 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   

Dear Spring Butterflies,

My best wishes for you following surgery. Please let us know how you are doing?

Sheridan


bama wife
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   Posted 6/24/2008 11:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello, I had a laminectomy and fusion on Jan, 24th this year. I returned to work last week. I am doing really well and glad I had the surgery. Spinal stenosis is where there is narrowing of the spinal cord. It happens as we get older but I just naturally had a small one to begin with. My only advice is ask whether you will be given a pain patch. I was overdosed by duragesic patch 25 mg. A week after my surgery there was a recall on the patches due to a leak and causing overdose. This is not to scare anyone but to let others be aware of the dangers. The patches had been pulled but there may be some dr.s going back to using them. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.  Good luck.

Pammy

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