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Lasar spine surgery

Started by jeff.frank on 03/15/2010 2:21pm

My procedure at L.S.I.
We got to Tampa at noon the 26th of Dec and went straight to LSI. We had our new patient Orientation and got the paper work done, they sent me down had some lower back X-rays taken, had a EKG done, and also had a nerve conduction study (that was not fun at all). Instead of coming back the next day they went ahead did the Surgeon consultation and talked to the anesthesiologist. Next met with the business office and scheduled for surgery for Friday morning. We had Thursday off so we just hung around the beach and went down town down and ate. Friday morning we got there early and got ready. My Doctor Bericrzki ,they called him doctor Z, had two ahead of me and they both took longer then expected, but before I had chance to complain they hit me with a happy shot and I felt great. They took me back about 11 o’clock. They did about nine different things to me and that lasted about hour and half.

This is what they did:

1. Laminotomy/ Foraminotomy/ Decompression of the Nerve root (L/F/D) on the left and right L4/5 to relieve the foraminal stenosis (creating a larger opening for the spinal nerve to live)
2. Facet Thermal Ablation (DTA) on the Right L4/5; Bilateral L5/S1; Bilateral Sacroiliac Joints ( using Lasar to destroy weed like nerves that grow between facet joints)
3. Ligamentum Flavum: finding: released removed due to enlarged ligament.
4. Go tohttp://www.laserspineinstitute.com for full descriptions and images of all procedures.

The operation was unique in the fact that I was awake during the whole thing. There was some minor pain, much like you would experience at the dentist for a root canal, but for the most part it was painless, Recovery was fast I actually walked out of LSI and back to my hotel room about hour after the surgery and later that night Donna and I went for walk on the beach. The pain I went in there with is gone, I left it on the table. I have some minor discomfort from the surgery that is just about gone. My left foot has some tingling; the Doctor told me it takes about 3 weeks for the nerve to completely regenerate. My hips are a little soar from all the walking that I have been doing but, that is also going away. All in all I feel great; it is just amazing what they can do now. I will keep you guys informed on my recovery.

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Thanks for posting - I have consulted with LSI and have been told I'd need some of the same procedures you describe. I have bilateral spondylolysis at L5 and the thermal ablation is also recommended. Are you able to tell me if this "fixes" the stress fracture (Pars defect)? I am thankfully not in too much pain/discomfort yet, but mobility has changed for me along with my muscle tone in the last year. I move carefully now but am actively researching my options as 'open invasive spinal fusion' is the only option for my condition where I live. Take care, glad it's helped you.

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Wow! I am so glad you're doing better! I'm considering having the same surgery done and would like to keep informed on how you're doing. Thanks for any information you can give us.

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Wow, I wish I had the same experience months ago. I was told I had too many things wrong so they could not help me at all, even though prior to that it was possible. There is the disclaimer that until examiniation they cannot say for sure. I did get my hopes up though. Pain Management is my only alternative (and has been for a long time). They didn't believe me and barely looked at my records when I arrived. What I was led to believe did not happen at all. Note: I did send my records at least 1 month prior and someone reviewed them and said that they "thought" they could help me. What I received was the most hurtful things a physician has ever said to me. It was rude, cruel, mean spirited and becuase of that I would not trust them again. I truly thought they should be kind to people in pain, since it is their specialty. Of course, if they had offered me any surgical alternative I would have done it just to try to get rid of the pain of over 18 years duration. I had hope for the first time in a long time and it was completely wiped away and there was no compassion whatsoever except from one person who wasn't in the medical area. I wish my outcome had been like yours. I'm glad they do help people get better - even if it wasn't me.
I'm really glad it worked for you! I'm glad that it is not like that for everyone, truly! I think they hav ea good non-invasive treatment, but can't help people who are too far gone like me. May your health and life continue to be blessed!

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Would like to hear more of the pros and cons on going to LSI. Any one else out there had some negatives experiences with them?

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To: GeeWiz
If you want an answer to this question you should post it as a new question. I had my say, but believe there is help for some.
Dee

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We find that while Laminotomy/ Foraminotomy helps to temporarily relieve symptoms caused by nerve root compression, this does not repair the disc and can weaken the disc leading to additional loss of disc height, additional complications, and future pain. This is called Post Discectomy Syndrome. For more details and options see our Guide to Surgical options athttp://www.stenumspine.com/discreplacementguide.asp

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Thanks for the new information, Dr.Ritter. It is nice of you to reach out to those in need of help that we can not get in the USA until FDA approved etc. Most insurance do not cover these type of procedures and are just beginning to recognize the value of this type of treatment.
Although I do not know much about what your treatment is like (yet), I think any research provided is helpful for those in the community who feel they are beyond help or have no hope. :) I have found that this is a very good place for people trying to deal with pain and other problems.

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