anybody out there had a hemilaminectory for nerve pain?

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   Posted 2/24/2010 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello - jim D here (age 63).  I'm having nerve pain in my left hip (when sitting) and a burning sensation on the sole of my left foot.  The burning is especially bad when I wear a shoe - as opposed to going barefooted.  The burning in my foot has gotten worse over the past several months.
Anyway, my neurosurgeon says my MRI shows pinched nerves coming off the spinal cord between L3-L4 and between L4-L5.  He says a hemilaminectory would clear away the tissue that's causing the pinching of the nerves.  I believe this is something I've done to myself over a lifetime of jogging, tennis and other pounding sports.  I've never had surgery before so I'm a anxious about letting him perform the procedure.
Has anyone had a positive experience with this surgery?  I've asked the doc about the occurrance of scar tissue forming after the surgery and he said it's not usually a problem and he expects my outcome to be good.  I wonder.  I'd appreciate any inputs.  Thanks.  jd

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   Posted 2/25/2010 5:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Gosh Jim D, I've never even heard of this before so I went and looked it up! The following is what I found in Wikipedia:

"A laminotomy is a neurosurgical procedure that removes part of a lamina of the vertebral arch in order to decompress the corresponding spinal cord and/or spinal nerve root. This was originally performed as a hemilaminectomy, consisting in the removal of either the left or right half of the lamina, but is now more commonly carried out as the removal of a portion of both sides of the lamina (while retaining the rest to preserve vertebral stability as much as possible). Laminotomy is also often accompanied by facetectomy."

So, I'm still confused and wondered why they didn't say Laminotomy instead of hemilaminectomy? Hmmm... Well make sure you keep us filled in! We are a big happy family and would love to have you join us as often as you can!! If you'll go in and make a post saying you're new and fill us in a bit on your issues, I know the rest of the people here would love to welcome you! You'll see at the end of my post here where I put all my illnesses and stuff. You can do all that from the control panel if you want to. Just let everyone see you're here!!
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   Posted 2/25/2010 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a Laminectomy in Sept.
I originally had a large cyst in my spinal cord at L5-S1.
I have a 3in scar on my lower back now.
Maybe they aonly need to do a partial laminectomy
(ie: Hemi)??

I have had excelent results! That particular pain is 95% gone. Although, since the surgery, My upper back is worse....I think because it may be Over-compensating now for the lower....I dont know.
Best of luck!!
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   Posted 2/26/2010 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
   Dear Sadie,
     Good morning. My name is Dani and it is a pleasure to meet you. Welcome to the Healing Well Community.
     I have never under gone the surgical you mentioned, but!! I am sure someone will stop by with more information for you. I did however want to introduce myself, and send a warm welcome.
      I hope you can find a few moments to relax today. I look forward to getting to know you better as time goes by.



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And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood



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   Posted 2/26/2010 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dani - thanks for the welcome.  Actually, Sadie is my mom's name.  I'm Jim.  Looking forward to reading more posting in the future. 

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   Posted 2/26/2010 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jim and welcome to Healing Well's chronic pain forum. I am sorry you have to be here but very glad that you found us. At least by coming  here you know that you are not alone in the crazy world of pain. We really have a great group of people here that all have a different story to tell. We try to help each other out, whether it is passing on some ideas or just listening. That can go a very long way.
As with any surgery there is no quarantee. If a dr ever tells you there is one,  then run just as fast and hard as you can out of that office and never return. Surgery is something you just never know about and the best thing a person can do is get at least a second opinion and sometimes even a third opinion is good too.  Have you thought about consulting with a neurosurgeon? I would prefer a neurosurgeon over an ortho because he is more schooled in the area of nerve problems, that is his specialty.  Orthopedics are more schooled in bones. Scope out the very best surgeon there is  in your area and do your homework on him. Educate yourself on the web by going to reputable sites and reading up on the surgery. Do not make a decision about any surgery until you are comfortable with the idea. Don't let any dr try to rush you into making any decisions.
The people on this forum that have had surgery cannot give you a good report that they did great after surgery. Had they done well, they would not be hanging out on this forum. For different reasons most did not do well after surgery for various reasons.
If you opt to have surgery just follow the drs directions to the letter. Make a list of questions to ask about the recovery time. Ask what you can or cannot do after getting home from the hospital. So many people are sent home with little instructions on their activity level and end up in trouble.
Take care and keep us posted on how you are coming along.

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