Surgery is now scheduled!!
I am now sheduled for surgery this Friday 9/3/10. I had another MRI on 8/3/2010 and it showed more deteriation. Surgery is now my only option for hopes of pain relief and getting my life back to a more normal place. I know that there is no guarantee and 100% inprovement will not happen. My doctor is saying hopefully 60 to 80% pain and mobility improvement. I also got a 2nd opinion from another Nueroligist who agreed with my primary Doctors assement of needing surgery. My Doctor wrote down for me what the surgery will be. It is: unilateral-facectomy, L4 & L5 decompression laminectomy and fusion unilaterally of L4 & L5 with pedicle screw. I am looking at a 4 to 7 day stay in the Hospital and several months of intense physical rehabilation.
The decision to have surgery is one that I came too after 8 months of pain, physical therapy and spinal decompression therapy. I have tried it all and am so ready for this surgery and to improve my condition and try to get some quality of life back!!
Any input or last words of advice??? I am on the countdown!! 4 more days left!!