I had a microdiscectomy on L5 S1 in February with little to no relief. Still having lots of pain and have now been told that I need to have L4 L5 fused together. This is a very scary surgery with metal screws and plates and months of recovery. Because of our insurance coverage decreasing in January I need to have it done before the end of the year. I came across the North American Spine Institute and contacted them. They have gone over my records and MRI results and said I would be a good candidate for the Lumbar Accurascope procedure. It sounds so much better than the fusion surgery. I just haven't found much info from anyone who has had the procedure. I see that some of you on this site were going to get it, has it been successful for any of you? My insurance is covering most of this procedure. I just worry that if it sounds too good to be true..... I really need help making this decision, and soon! Thank you to anyone who tell me about their experience with this.
I've been in the same position. I had two discectomies at L5-S1 and L4-5, followed by an unsuccessful laminectomy from L3 to S1. I never improved. I was then told that I required another laminectomy and bilateral fusion from L3 to S1. I had it (my 4th lumbar operation). I never recovered. Now, I have massive fibrosis (scarring) throughout my lumbar spine, plus osteophytes and massive osteoarthritis.
Spine surgery is successful about 60% of the time. The more surgeries you have, the more fibrosis and osteoarthritis you'll have.
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