Leary of Surgery
OUCloud2 posted:
a recent MRI (oct 2012) showed I had a severe Ruptured of the L5-S1.

I have had numbness from waist down - off and on for the past 45 years, including pain. In 2003 - 2 Neuro-surgeons said I would never be a canidate for surgery due to the way the nerve/nerve sac was in my lower spine. With surgery it was a 110 % and without 75% chance that it would paralyze me. I can live with that.

Since this disc has ruptured, my primary sent me to a neuro-surgeon who is gung ho on doing surgery - removing disc and replacing it with rods and screws. I don't even think he paid any mind to what I told him to my last several years what i've dealt with.

Admits I 'm terrified,.

Right now, i'm not having any pain, though past few weeks from point of rupture - pain comes and goes, some days are i want to bite nails and other times, i don't have pain or if I do, its tolerable .

I live with pain 24/7 due to arthritis but also for last several years with my lower back. I'm on perocet - 7.5 and soma 325 mg. it works at times and others again it doesn't. but this surgery looming over my head isn't helping any, guess cause the 2003 diagnois.

has anyone had this kind of surgery?

bj1208 responded:
Hi OUCloud2 - welcome to the support group -

I believe the type of surgery the surgeon wants to do is a FUSION - where the ruptured disc is removed and in place is implanted with rods/screws.

I had a similar surgery done in 2008 - Anterior Lumbar Fusion L5-S1. My disc ruptured and splintered (click my name or picture and read my story). The surgeon removed the disc and put a plate, screws and cage in. My surgery was a success however because of the severity of damage nothing could be done for the chronic pains and the nerve damage in both legs.

What I would suggest is that you get a couple of opinions from both Orthopedic Spine Specialist and Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist. this way you will know what you are up against.

I would also suggest that you see a good pain management specialist. I see a PHYSIATIRST Pain Management doc.


they go deeper into pain management control based on patients need using a variety of different treatment plans. they are different than the regular pain clinics (where most usually are more concerned with $$ with treatments they know usually won't work).

I truly believe this is the route you should go. Knowing what all your options are and seeing a good pain doc too is vital.

please let us know what you find out~~
Take care~~

~~ Joy ~~