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Surgery...or ????

Started by tomlat03 on 12/13/2010 6:04pm

I am 61 yrs. old and was injured on the job this past June. To make it sort I have injured my lower back.L3 to S1..along with naturally occuring DDD. Have finally seen a very top rated surgeon in Anchorage and he wants to operate.

I am really tired of the pain and inability to function as normal, but really scared of having the operation..Reading alot of things on here really" freak me out".Seems like alot of the times surgery makes things worse.

Any encoraging words.

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Tom:

I am facing a fusion myself. Just remember, there are some success stories. I know by reading these posts you wouldn't think so, but probably the people that are doing well don't have time to post!! I think if the pain gets to a certain point, what choice do you have? At least with surgery, there is hope that you may get better. I have DDD too as a result of radiation I had back in the 80's.

Take care and let us know and let us know what you decide.

Pam

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what type of surgery is dr recommending?....pete

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tomlat03
I ,too, have DDD and had herniated disc along with nerve root compression. I could not longer pick up my left foot. AFter years of physcial therapy, the therapist said I was done and needed surgery ASAP. I searched, found a good reputable doctor and had surgery. Nerve decompression, rods, screws, and bone graft etc. Am I completely pain free? No. I chose to have incision in my back rather that go from the front because I have Crohn's too. Am I glad I had the surgery. ABSOLUTELY YES! I no longer drag my left foot and don't have constant burning and tingling down my legs to my toes. My advice is if you can't stand it any longer, do your research, find a doctor and facility you trust. Ask around. Check the hospital for nosocomial infection rates. When you know you are ready... just do it. Good luck.

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i am 56 years old, have spinal stenosis. i chose not to go for an open back surgery. i was/am as scared as you are.
i had a laser scope treatment..last spring.....i am in a wheelchair since.
i will go to see a normal surgeon in january..hoping that he can save me.
i am desperate now, it cant get worse. talk to your specialist,get a second opinion.

good luck
n.

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i hope you get this message

n.

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i hope you get this message

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