surgery suggestions. What to expect afterwards.
Hi. I have a herniated disc in the L4-L5 region. This is pushing on the sciatic nerve and the combination of the back, hip and leg pain has become unbearable. Have tried all the non surgical remedies that I am aware of. Physical therapy chiropractic care, spinal decompression therapy, spinal cortizone shot. Non of these have helped or had very short lived relief, 1 day or less. So now I am researching surgery options and am overwhelmed. My local doctor would perform a micro discectomy. Is this the best option? How successful are this. What can you expect after surgery. What are good websites out there for unbiased information about back procedures and what is the best and what to expect. I keep looking at alternate surgery options but it seems difficult to find information other than on the sites hosted by those doing the surgery. For example Laser Spine Institute or he Back Institute in Bevery Hills or North American Spine in Texas. They all claim to have better procedures for herniated disc surgery but trying o find any information other than on their websites seems hard to do. What do others out there that have been through this suggest. Where are the best places to research the options? Please help ay advice would be greatly appreciated as I like to have all the facts and information possible before making decisions.