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Back surgery thru the stomach because of scar tissue on back
williecoyote posted:
The last mri I had showed a screw loose on the appliance also my surgeon said that after 2 surgeries there is a problem below where the the l4,l5 fusion occurred. I do have a lot of pain still going down my rt. leg to the rt foot. I also have trouble with the cold in the rt. leg and sometimes pain in the feet that make me think that the feet are cold. The surgeon told me that if he has to do surgery again he will have to go in thru the stomach as there is now too much scar tissue for him to go thru the back and that I should try to live with the pain for as long as possible. I take 6 gabapentin a day. Does anyone out there have similar probs and has anyone else had to have surgery thru stomach with good results? I have had fusion surgery l1,l2; l3 free l4,l5 fused.
bj1208 responded:
hi and welcome to the support group -

I had a single fusion L5-S1 where they went in thru the stomach - my surgeon said recovery is faster that way - plus if they had to go thru back there is so much muscle etc that they have to cut thru.

I do have permanent nerve damage in both legs and I take gabapentin 3600 mg daily - just make sure you are at a therapeutic dose - but the numbness is something that I still have problems with - heat and cold intolerance and my surgery was 2/08.

hope this helps~~
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Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~
MRShunterss replied to bj1208's response:
don't have insurance so this is helpful knowledge, but, only if the person has health insurance...i am trying to get some kind of health coverage but once they know about my back i either get cancelled or my rates go out the roof. But thank u anyways
williecoyote replied to bj1208's response:
Thanx very much Joy I had only heard from 1 other person concerning going thru the stomach but had not hear that the recovery was faster so this info is new to me and may make me more positive towards the surgery. I take 1800mg daily of gabapentin and have sensitivity to cold mostly and burning in my feet I'm not sure what that is from and I can't tell if my feet are cold or burning sometimes so I assume they are cold. The last surgery Dr. nicked the spinal cord with spinal fluid leakage causing permanent nerve damage. Well God bless you also and again much thanx for the info.
painloopy responded:
I had an artificial disc replacement put in L5-S1 in 2005 and they had to go through the front. I also had a lot of scar tissue in the back that had been causing problems from previous disc surgeries. The only downfall I had to it was afterwards my intestinal system was all screwed up for about a week. I couldn't pass a stool to save my life and took all kinds of laxatives, suppositories, etc but it just took time. Quite uncomfortable. The doctor said it was normal and the bodies way of re-adjusting itself. A good thing was I didn't have to lay on the incision site. Being in the front made it easier to rest.

DDD, 2 discectomies L3-L4, L4-L5, ADR L4-L5, spinal stimulator implant, facet and SI joint injections, too many pain meds.

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