Looking for people with lumbar spinal stenosis with herniated discs
Hi Lynette: My name is Hamdy. I am 73 years old and have been retired for less than two years. I had an open-spine surgery 24 days ago, on the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae. The surgery was to remove a broken lamina that was pressing on two nerves going to the legs, the surgery is called laminectomy. This was the result of working at the computer for over ten hours non-stop daily for about 15 years. Computer programmers are also candidates for spinal problems because of the endless hours in front of the computer until they find the bug in their program. Would you like to know the pre and post-op and how the surgery went?
I had a long segment lumbar fusion surgery done at a place other than Mayo in 2008. It was a complete failure leaving me in crushing pain only relieved by 24/7 administration of opiate based meds. I am now waiting to see if Mayo can do a revision surgery that was a bit less invasive than my initial surgery. Am also looking at getting my entire lumbar spine fused to the pelvis. I dont want to go with any radical anterior approach because I dont think I can survive it. I am hoping that Mayo can go with a minimal approach from the front and do most of the work from the backside. I dont guess I will know until I talk to the doctors on the 9th of August, my initial appt date.
I will refuse an anterior/posterior radical approach.....dont think I can survive it and dont want to try. I hope that the rep of the Mayo is all that it has been built up to be
I had several blown discs from living 55 years with undiagnosed scoliosis aggravated by an injury that completely blew one disc.....so to correct the scoliosis they simply removed all but the lowest disc in my back and attempted a fusion.....it was a complete failure (this didnt happen at Mayo).
Be careful with the steroid injections. The stuff breaks down the tissue and more than 2 or 3 max should be taken. It is merely a pallative measure and heals nothing. I had two and refused more....they did no good and as soon as the procaine the stuff was mixed with wore out the pain returned....this was pre surgery.
I see the Spine Center at Mayo on Aug 9 for a lengthy evaluation. I will not allow them to do another anterior and posterior procedure. I will accept a minimally invasive approach from the front or side but I am not going to be gutted again.....it leaves too much interior scar tissue and is way too dangerous. It also causes a LOT of blood loss. I had to take in 24 units of blood during one of my two surgeries.....the one from the front. They staged the two about two weeks apart. The whole thing was the biggest mistake I ever made. I walked in using a cane and hobbled out with a 4 wheel walker....and am now deteriorating losing the use of my left leg slowly.....and the pain is unspeakable even with the high dose narcotics I am on 24/7.
Let them do as little as possible is my suggestion.....but if you truly trust your doctor....listen to him.
Good luck to you. I hope you are younger than I am. I am now 57...and frankly dont think I could survive the surgery I went through in 2008.
Hi Everybody -- I'm new today. I, too, suffered with spinal stenosis (and, it turned out a chipped vertebrae) and my HMO in NM could offer nothing. I sat in a wheelchair and in my bed for four years in severe pain. Finally, I found an out-of-state doctor who performed a "bandaid" surgery, MISS, and repaired it totally. "Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery" is available in 48 states, I believe. Google it. I hear your pain and wish I could help.
Hello, my spouse suffers with spinal (disc) problem and may require surgery, also has bone spurs in feet and knees. Any suggestions on who she can see for help besides going to physical therapy? She refuses any surgery to correct the pain with anxiety she will not walk again. Thanks