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Failure Back surgery by surgeon T Goradia

Started by ALIUSIA on 09/29/2010 11:55pm

!!! Post operative root level L5 radiculopathy and foot drop
After two weeks of paine in the leg and less in the back in April 2009 I had lumbar laminectomy to remove a disk fragment impingement of L5.
After surgery I have foot drop, numbness and weakness in my leg. I experience burning pain and 'radio wave' sensation in my back and leg that I did not have nevere before These symptoms are gradually increasing in severity and frequency over time, since the surgery,I start fill radiowaves in my second leg
EMG test performed on 5/19/2010 showed: no response and reduced amplitude in peroneal motor nerve, and prolonged distal onset latency and reduced amplitude in tibial motor nerve consistent with severe chronic left L5 lumbar AP root level lesion.
My treatment postoperatively has been focused on managing the symptoms with gabapentine, anti-inflammatory and pain medication. I am wearing an ankle-foot arthosis to help with balance and walking.
Rehab. doct said i need a time now only pray, I asked referral to neurologist who specialized in nerve damage my doctor said I do not need and let me see only neurology doctor. She said i will have this pain for the rest of my life and suggest new drug.
There are posibal some treatment in my situation or how can i stop progress this horrible condition? Thank you for reading long story actually I drop off many things to make shorter my sad story my e harhun@gmail.com

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Praying for your health in Jesus name. You mentioned you were seeing rehab dr. If he is not a pain specialist, I would suggest seeing one as well. Injections such as nerve blocks etc might be of help to you.


Thank you for reading, injection it is mean epidural injection, this is risk and not help always many people said, if help that only little and for 2-4 weeks
Thank you again for you time


In 2002, I experienced sciatica and foot drop due to a disk herniation at L4-L5. The Internal disk material was pressing on the nerve root. I also had spinal stenosis. All confirmed by an MRI prior to surgery. The surgery included a diskectomy, laminectomy and opening of the passageways for the nerve roots. Following surgery, I underwent therapy and still do the exercises today. Pain went away altogether over the next 24 months. The foot drop improved but never went away completely. I never required an ankle foot arthosis. It is very hard to restore function to the sciatic nerve. But, with the therapy (and I have been doing the exercises for 8 years), I am able to walk for miles and have no sciatic pain. So, perhaps you should ask your surgeon when it would be appropriate to begin therapy.
You also need to determine if your foot drop was present prior to surgery and got worse following surgery or if it came about after the surgery which would indicate a problem that resulted directly from the surgery. Have you had a follow up MRI to see what is the condition after surgery compared to before surgery?
Praying is fine, but you also need to do some work to help the nerve recover - which can take years or may never happen - or to have other nerves and muscles take over some of the functions.


Thank you for shearing with your experience.
I had spasm in my leg before surgery after surgery my foot fold down, my first questen was why.. what.. surgeon did not came to see me after surgery in hospital. When I had first appointment after 2 weeks the Surgeon did say that is not his type of job this is physical therapist know what is it. Sins my pain get worse, no answer until now and have foot drop and numbness in my foot that i did not have never before surgery
Sorry for my mistakes English is my third language


If the foot drop came on after the surgery, you need to see another surgeon. Spine surgery is difficult and it doesn't always come out like the surgeon would like. It is very difficult for surgeons to objectively criticize their own work---when things don't go correctly, they need to have someone else to examine what was done. In your situation, I would go to a university based teaching hospital with a spine fellowship environment--that is where they are prepared to objectively look at what has been done by other surgeons.