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hydrangea
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   Posted 1/21/2010 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone,
I went to see the surgeon that my PM recommended. After he reviewed all my scans, films and discogram results, he concluded that I need a Transforminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion at L5 S1. He said that my disc is shot. He does not recommend doing any surgery to L5 L4 (good news) He said that it would stop all my leg pain and back pain. He said that I have exhausted all other ways of resolving the issue. I will do research on the surgery and also get another opinion. Does anyone have any information on this procedure and has anyone had it done with good results?
As always, thanks for reading and information
Diagnosed crohns Disease 07,
Bladder Inflammation
Three Herniated disc; stenosis, facet arthritis,degenerative disc , severe siatica
3 laparoscopies, hysterectomy
p.t. and trigger point injections for severe pelvic pain.
Spinal epidurals for herniated discs and siatica
meds: lyrica, vicodine, amrix
 


skeye
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   Posted 1/21/2010 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hydrangea,

That's great to hear that you had a good visit with the surgeon. Surgery is never fun, but if it helps, it is well worth it. With any luck yours will be a 100% success!

hugs,
Skeye

straydog
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   Posted 1/22/2010 1:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hydrangea I have nothing to add except be sure to get your 2nd opinion. That is just one of the most imporant things you can do. Surgery can and does help many people when there is nothing left to try. Keep in mind here on the forum that many of the folks that have had surgery did not get the results they had hoped for. If you are going to use this surgeon you might ask to speak to one of his patients about this type of surgery. Many times this can be helpful to a patient. Good luck with the 2nd opinion.
 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


bsjaguar
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   Posted 1/22/2010 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   
If you have 3 herniated disc why does your surgeon only want to correct 1 of them? Fusion can cause the disc above & below it to work harder to compensate for the fused disc not moving. As far as your surgeon saying that the surgery would take away all of your pain & problems would scare me.

I see in your signature that you also have facet syndrome & ddd. The facet syndrome alone could be causing some of your pain.

I'm not saying you don't need fusion done because once the disc have herniated you don't really have many options but I'd definately get a 2nd opinion cause what your surgeon is saying just isn't jiveing in my book.

You also may consider finding a pain management doctor to see if there may be other options for you.
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


mrsm123
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   Posted 1/22/2010 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hydrangea,
Fusion surgery at L5-S1 is one of the more common areas to fuse and it usually has really good results, pain relief wise. TLIF fusion is a way of accessingand fusing from the side of the vertebra instead of the traditional PLIF surgery. It's better pain wise than PLIF surgery as well.
L5-S1 discs have the least amount of movement of the lumbar spine, so I can see why he wants to fuse that disc alone and not any others. Here is a really good link that explains the spine and talks about the lumbar area in particular-http://www.eorthopod.com/node/10848
As far as fusion one disc causing another to go is not always the case, in fact, another disc may or may not ever have problems, with or without fusion. It is one of those things that there is no way of knowing if it will ever happen to you. I have discs above and below my fusion that are pretty badly off, but they have not blown yet and most probably never will.
I would suggest that you get at least one more opinion and then research what each surgeon tells you. Pick the one that you feel is the best suited for you, one that you have confidence in.
I wish you the best,
Sandi
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.
Avascular necrosis of left wrist- maybe hips too


hydrangea
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 190
   Posted 1/22/2010 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had a Pain management Dr. for many years. have really tried everything that he could offer.


I will do a lot more research about the surgery. I certainly do not want another surgery down the road. The Dr. Did not guarantee that I would not have to have another surgery down the road, but he said that it was not probable. I will be seeing another surgeon next week. The surgery does sound like the recovery would not be so bad compared to the old way of doing the procedure.

Thank you everyone for your input, I will keep you posted.

Have a great day!!
Diagnosed crohns Disease 07,
Bladder Inflammation
Three Herniated disc; stenosis, facet arthritis,degenerative disc , severe siatica
3 laparoscopies, hysterectomy
p.t. and trigger point injections for severe pelvic pain.
Spinal epidurals for herniated discs and siatica
meds: lyrica, vicodine, amrix
 

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