I'm 23 year old and new to this forum and this is my only way to get advice about
back surgery because no one I know has had one. In 2012 I had a microdiskectomy at L5-S1 my surgeon was pretty sure the surgery would fail because my disk was severely herniated and he really didn't want to perform a fusion since I was so young because it was cause problems the rest of my life.
A week after my surgery I had a complication in which fluid filled up in my back and when they took the top stitch out fluid just spilled from my back (sorry for the tmi) they said I had to go home and not get out of bed or move only to go to the bathroom they said to have a hospital bag packed just in case because I may need to be put in the hospital if my wound
opened up any farther.
Well they sent me to a wound care specialist twice a week so she could monitor the hole in my back and to pack it with gauze and she taught my sister how to pack the whole since I couldn't do it myself. Anyways finally the hole sealed up. That was a lot to happen for such a so called simple procedure.
Months later my nerve pain wasn't going away and they weren't listening to me. They just said it was probably just residual pain from my first surgery. The above surgery was done in November.
When August of 2013 came the pain became unbearable and I ended up having to go to my family doctor and I was in tears the whole time he gave me medication and said he would contact my surgeon because something was definitely wrong.
Well I seen my surgeon and he said it would be best to go ahead and get the fusion done. I had it done with no complications except they had me on dilaudid and I itched like crazy (I'm extremely sensitive to pain meds) I stayed in the hospital for 2 days (I was determined to get out of that joint lol). 7 months after my surgery I was still have sciatic pain down my left leg and foot (forgot to mention that above about
the sciatica) so they said they would have to send me to a pain specialist since they could no longer give me medication.
I've been with my pain specialist since April. I was first put on percocet but was having to take them every 4 hours and the meds were prescribed for every 8 hours. He didn't want me having to take that many pills so he switched me oxymorphone which made me extremely nauseous and made me itch like crazy so he put me on a fentanyl patch which was okay but it wasn't helping fully so he added norco to take for breakthrough pain but I was having to take 3 a day so recently he switched me to percocet for breakthrough.
I seen my surgeons PA a month ago and she said that it looks like bone or something pressing against my nerve and I also informed her that I was having this strong pinching/shock like feeling on the right side of my back and no amount of medication helped it. She recommended I have another decompression surgery.
So I had my pain specialist order an EMG to make sure the nerve pain wasn't permanent and the test results said I had no active nerve damage. So I told my surgeon I'm now willing to go through with the surgery since it's a possibility that it can be fixed better than it is. They said they would order a hardware injection test to make sure the hardware is whats causing my pain.
***So my question I need advice on is would it be worth it to have another surgery done? As anyone else had good results. And is it painful to have the hardware removed and how long of a surgery does it take to do so?
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