Spinal Surgery Ahead...Need Advice!

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/29/2008 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
    Alright you broken backs, tell it like it is!   I am headed for L5-S1 surgery, herniated disk, and bone fragments in my cord.  Any input for the newbie?
Dr. Kokkino is my surgeon in Eugene, OR.   am on Cymbalta and Suboxone at present.
Rick yeah

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 8/29/2008 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Rick,
I just posted to you on the other thread. What kind of surgery are you having - a fusion? Or something else? I would encourage you to search the HW threads for lots of information about how many of us have faired with back surgery, but also to remember that people who have had successful surgeries may not be posting to a site like this. So our comments will likely be skewed to the negative side of things. I just had a double fusion about a year ago, which gave me no relief at all. But that doesn't mean it won't help you. Do a lot of reading here, but make sure you do some good research about the procedure you're having, your surgeon's experience, etc. Realistic expectations would be what I'd aim for, and also would probably say that your recovery period is likely to be longer than what you're initially told.

Good luck!


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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 8/29/2008 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
OK Rick,

I have had L4/L5 hemilaminectomy surgery about 25 years ago. I had been laid up in bed for two years prior to the surgery so my abdominal and back muscles were pretty much gone. I ended up in physical therapy three times a week for a year after the surgery, to actually get back on my feet and get rid of most of the pain. But I did it! And today I have some bouts of sciatica, but most of the time I am good. I use a TENS unit when my back "goes out", but most of the time my back behaves itself.

I write to you about this to give you hope. It can be done and not everybody has failed back surgery, OK?

By the way, welcome to the forum. We are glad you posted!!

Good luck to you and God bless you.


Let us know how things turn out won't you?
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