Lasar spine surgery
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.