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Question about Back Surgery

Oct 24, 2014 4:25 AM

I am thinking about back surgery. I have a bulged disk constantly pressing on my nerves and have been in constant pain since 2011. Anyway, I am wondering if anyone had back surgery? If so, what has been the outcome after surgery?

Oct 24, 2014 7:21 AM

I was a smoker of two packs a day and didn't belive I had to quit before the operation could be done I've had three back ops at L 4 and L5 I was injured in a fork lift accident ant the first two failed after four years I had the third one I'm in worse pain now than what I was my back is still jacked up but again this is just my bad luck I didn't do the checking on the outcome before I told the back doctor to go ahead with the op so if you need to get it done and you've done your homework and you done all that the doctor has said too and he gives you at least a 75% chance of fixing the problem. then go for it
best of luck either way

Oct 25, 2014 11:08 AM

Only consider surgery as your absolute last resort. I'm sure the surgeon is saying the same thing to you if you have consulted one. Bulging disks can take 6 months to a year to get better. Be patient and don't rush into the idea of surgery.

I elected surgery after suffering 6 months with agonizing pain. I have regretted that decision ever since and its been 6 years now and I have gotten much worse as a result of the scar tissue caused by the surgery. The annoying thing is, my surgery was considered to be a success because they trimmed the bulging disks and I survived. Not much of a life since.

Oct 25, 2014 6:27 PM

Thank for both inputs. My

Oct 25, 2014 6:33 PM

My biggest fear is getting worse that is why I am struggling with the decision of surgery. However I just found a minimally invasive surgery called the Accura scope procedure. The procedure 30 minutes. I think I would like to find out more information about it.

Oct 30, 2014 7:51 AM

Do not have surgery for back pain alone. Only uf you are having radiation of the pain into the leg or legs. Surgery for back pain is not terribly effective in relieving the discomfort. Have worked for neurosurgeon for years. Thats my advice.

Oct 30, 2014 9:19 AM

well put dmaxwelltx I wish I would have never had it done on me three times with no relief

Oct 30, 2014 11:01 PM

Thanks for the input. I do have radiating pain in my legs nonstop. However, I do not want a bigger problem with my back. The pain I currently deal with is enough. I am just tired of the difficulty with walking and the flare ups of my sciatic nerves. Aside from the flare ups, I have learned how to manage the intensity of the pain with water exercise and soaking in the spa. I am at a 5 now, whereas a few weeks ago I was above a 10. Thank God I am off all meds except the anti-inflammatory. Still sleeping with heating pad and using back and leg patches to reduce the pain. I may try baclofen to see if I could reduce the pain more. I would love no pain or at least be at a 2.

Has anyone participate in the Accura scope procedure or know anyone that has had the procedure? If so, I would love more information about the success or failure of the procedure.

Nov 02, 2014 7:32 PM

if you wanted to get worse by all means have surgery. Surgery should be the ultimate last resort and not for the sake of relieving point specific pain, but radiating pain that is getting worse, not better. Empirical studies show that 2 to 3 years out from those who have surgery versusthose who do not have virtually the same results or worse in the case of those who have surgery. Now you have your results-go from there.

Nov 02, 2014 8:35 PM

had two fusions neck and Low spine. worse after. other discs in between deterate. In which your doctor do not mention usually. have a pain stimulator now. not sure I'm the best person the answer your question. but please sure you get a second opinion. everyone is so different. just because it's worse with mine. doesn't mean it won't be much better with yours.
also another thing to note would be the reason your discs are the way they are compared to others who give their advise. I have spinal stenosis. disc degenerate disease. fibro? was diagnosed. but not sure it plays a part. and arthritis. I'm forgetting one other. but you get the point 😋

Nov 02, 2014 8:39 PM

after reading your last post. that's awesome your off pain Meds and heat is working. maybe ask for a tens unit for flares. my doctor talked me into the pain stimulator implant. although I have it on 24/7. I would have liked to have that offered first.

Nov 04, 2014 2:52 PM

Terry If you don't need pain meds then you don't need surgery. Surgery is a last resort and only when pain meds can't keep the pain at tolerable levels. I see by you location and intensity diagram that your pains are moderate, you need to wait until you are suffering with Very Severe and Agonizing pain for months before you should ever think about surgery. What is your surgeon telling you?

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