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Surgery for Spinal Stenosis

Started by gigi68 on 02/15/2011 7:31pm

Hello~
I had surgery for my spinal stenosis on December 1, 2010. I had a laminotomy and foramenotomy to relieve my leg/ butt/ back pain. I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER!!! I swore that if my surgery was successful, I would let everyone know! Before my surgery I spent hours on the internet trying to find answers and help. Everything I read was so discouraging so I vowed I would return to give others hope! It's amazing how much better I feel! There are some success stories~ I'm proof of that.
Good luck everyone in your quest for pain relief!
Gina

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Hi Gigi,
I have had lumbar surgery for stenosis, DDD, and a Pars Defect and feel much better also!!!! Glad to hear you are doing so well too! There ARE positive outcomes!! Take care...

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Thank you so much for your post Gina! I have recently been diagnosed and I'm meeting with a neuro surgeon tomorow to discuss surgery. I have been so discouraged by the posts I've seen, and frankly terrified. I really needed to see a success story. You don't know how much you have encouraged and relieved me. I will also post my experience. I'm so sorry for those who have had bad experiences. I pray for you all.
HUGS!
Chimera

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i do not want to frighten people thinking of surgery for spinal stenosis,as it may work for some people.Three years ago i had surgery to free nerves in my lower back which involved cutting away parts of the bones in the lumbar region of my back.today i am on more medication than i was prior to surgery and overall the pain is now worse,but the medication eases the pain.
before my operation , i had acupuncture and various other treatments,without any success.my advice would be to try one remedy ,if it does not work ,don,t throw good money after bad as i did
kind regards james 3.

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Hi there Gina glad to here your feeling better. I have been told that I probably have a spinal stenosis. I was just hoping that you could give me some idea hoe long you were in hospital and how much you were or were not able to do when you got home and also what the expected recovery time is likly to be. I am told that surgery is going to be my only option so trying to get as much info as possible before. Keep feeling well Amanda.

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Hi there Gina glad to here your feeling better. I have been told that I probably have a spinal stenosis. I was just hoping that you could give me some idea hoe long you were in hospital and how much you were or were not able to do when you got home and also what the expected recovery time is likly to be. I am told that surgery is going to be my only option so trying to get as much info as possible before. Keep feeling well Amanda.

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Glad you had success! I had the same surgeries last year & feel so much better. I did it as an outpatient at a spine clinic in Florida. I had 3 outpatient surgeries in 2 weeks & flew back to LA & was back to work a week later.

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Hi Amanda! I'm so sorry I didn't respond sooner~ I just saw your post now! You asked about my surgery. There are many different back surgeries so I'm not sure if my story appliesto you but...do you know what surgery they are recommending for you?? I had a laminotomy and a foramenotomy done for my stenosis. I was in the hospital for 2 days/ 1 night. The recovery wasn't nearly as bad as everything I was reading! I was in pain but I was in so much pain before the surgery too and somehow knowing that this pain was temporary seemed easier to bear. I was very sore and it was hard to move or sit up by myself but everyday was better than the one before. it's really amazing how quickly our bodies heal themselves. I took half a vicodin for the first few days then I switched to tylenol after that. I was able to walk (very slowly) upstairs to the bathroom by myself the next day. I'm so glad I had the surgery done! Make sure you find a good doctor! Ask him or his nurse to talk to some of his other patients who have had the surgery done. Research him online. The first doctor I saw wanted to do the laminectomy and fusion of my vertebrae. The second doctor didn't feel I needed the fusion. So make sure you get a second opinion!! Good luck to you and if you have any more questions please don't hesitate to ask!!

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Hi Chimera~ I also just read your post and I am so glad I was able to offer you some hope! Good luck to you and I pray you have a successful surgery!!

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Hi GiGI
Thats great new's. Hopefully you will stay out of pain the rest of your life. I hope you will still keep in touch with everyone so you can help other people that are experixing pain, Your opinions are still important to the rest of us,
Joey

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When I was diagnosed with stenossis and other things, I was in really bad shape. Numb from shoulers to toes, could walk barely, couldnt use my hands...was practically in a wheelchair. I had surgery in February and am not 100%, but I am half better than before surgery. First time I went shopping about a month after surgery, I WALKED the store for the first time in about 7 months. I actully sat and cried!! My neurosurgeon was a Godsend!! People in bad shape? I recommend the surgery.

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