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Lumbar fusion with lamenectomy,hardware @ L-5+S1

Started by Big daddy on 01/07/2017 7:22am

my story I began having back pain about 25 years ago when working on the oil rigs. After a major strain sprain from a fall the doctors found spondylolthesis grade 1. I had sciatic pain in the left leg and back pain I got better with rest and chiropractic care and returned to work with some flare ups until last year when it got unbearable with sciatic pain in both legs and the right side was very bad . I went to the cleveland clinic and got new X rays and an MRI . the imaging showed the spondy had moved to grade 2 . ,I tried a little PT and it made it worse.so it was time . spondylolthesis ,spondylolis,ddd,scoliosis from the loose pars defect.over the years I had tried pain management epidural injections tens unit massotherapy chiropractic nothing was helping anymore. so it was time to have this fixed. My surgeon was Dr. John Butler the surgery was 4 hours long I woke up in recovery and was given pain meds.i my IV that afternoon I walked down the hall and it was painful but right away I noticed the sciatic pain was much less. So 3 days and I was released to go home . the pain was bad but I still felt better that pre op.Yesterday I went in to have staples out and an X ray and bone is beginning to fuse and I am only 16 days post op.I am walking but have to keep it under 1/4 mile or it swells and becomes painful . I have some odd pain from the nerves being released and healing but still think I am better than pre op.This is a very good place to go for this type of surgery and I am glad I finally did it . Yes it is scary but if you are in good hands (the staff there is awesome] so if this helps anyone who needs it and is worried about the outcome it really is not that bad if you are in constant pain why suffer or risk permanent nerve damage. They tell me the nerves can take up to 6 months to heal so I will keep posting every week or so with progress . 58 year old male here in pretty good condition.

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I am due for an L5-S1 lumbar fusion at the end of Jan 17. I am hoping you get back to your normal self soon. At present due to sciatica down the left leg I waddle. I am using a cane/walker to work. I'm taking neurontin as prescribed for pain. I get spasms at bed time and have been prescribed muscle relaxant to ease it.

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had my surgery January 6th, l5-s1 fusion it is 3 weeks out am cleared to go back to work February 20th. no restrictions and I have a physical job. I might be one of the lucky ones but I am so happy. My ortho did a bang up job, I'd recommend him to anyone

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I'm also going to have this kind of surgery. TLIF l5s1. Unfortunately, I got not only pain in my legs but also rectal pain, frequent urination. Wondering if someone with spondy.... got the same symptoms and if they were reduces after the surgery.

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I also had sciatica in my left leg. whole leg would go numb, it's is much better now. as the big daddy said it takes up to 6 months for the nerve to heal depending on how long it was compressed. I get a little tingling in my 3 middle toes every now and than. but much better now. if your having rectal pain that is a serious medical condition and you should see ur surgeon asap. I'm not a doctor but I need immediate decompression of the nerve.

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you, not I. sorry

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