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RE-HERNIATIONS AFTER SURGERY????

Call me crazy but I would rather find out that I DID SOMETHING THAT I SHOULD NOT HAVE DONE AFTER SURGERY that caused a reherniation than to find out that the surgeon messed up or it happened for unknown reasons!

I had a discectomy in 2002, came home with a band-aid on my back and the ONLY restriction I had was not to lift more than ten pounds for the first month.

WHAT HAS HAPPENED???? Have the surgeons CHANGED THE TECHNIQUE causing more re-herniations?

My goodness, we should be afraid of even blowing our noses or coughing these days.

I am perplexed and upset

Any comments?

Rose
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  • The surgeon that did both my surgeries comes with very high recommendations. The hospital in which I had surgery and stayed just so happened to be the hospital that my mother in law works in HR at. She talked with the Nurse Manager of the Bone & Joint Floor, where I stayed and the Nurse said that she rarely sees re-herniations come through, and my surgeon only performs surgery at this hospital. I just happened to be in that small percent that it happens too. I think that this forum is a place were those that have had issues come to seek out the companionship of others in the same situation. I know I wouldn't be here if everything went good the first time around.

    Just my 2 cents.
    Kristy

    L4-L5 Herniated 02-02-2013 (Slipped on Ice)
    L4-L5 MicroD 08-07-2013, Reherniated 10-21-2013
    L4-L5 MicroD Revision 10-07-2013, Reherniated 10-17-2013
    L4-L5 PLIF/TLIF 10-02-2013
    Released From Surgeon & All Restrictions 03-06-2014
  • That makes me feel better for all people who have discectomies, but of course it does not make YOU feel good or make me feel good about YOU my buddy...

    I mean ,why even have a diskectomy if the chances of re-herniation is so high or common?????

    Lets see what others say kristy? Are you feeling any better mr buddy?

    Hugs and prayers
    Rose
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  • Trust me I'm not planning on playing the lotto or going to the casino any time soon. The odds have not een i my favor. All of this just means that the healing process needs to be taken even more seriously. I need to do things, or that should be not do things longer than the average person.

    I am doing good. Both my knees have been really hurting today. Which I still think has to do with positioning during surgery. Typical muscle pain at the surgical site but hardly if any leg pain.

    Thanks Rose
    Hugs & Prayers to you too.
    Kristy

    L4-L5 Herniated 02-02-2013 (Slipped on Ice)
    L4-L5 MicroD 08-07-2013, Reherniated 10-21-2013
    L4-L5 MicroD Revision 10-07-2013, Reherniated 10-17-2013
    L4-L5 PLIF/TLIF 10-02-2013
    Released From Surgeon & All Restrictions 03-06-2014
  • stenosisRose said:
    Have the surgeons CHANGED THE TECHNIQUE causing more re-herniations?

    I'm not sure, but I read somewhere that sometimes surgeons using a certain technique make an incision in the disc's outer covering called the annulus. Thru this incision, they pull out nucleus material thereby reducing the disc's overall size, thereby decompressing the nerve it is putting pressure on. This incision is in addition to the already existing breach. Seems counterintuitive.
    I mean ,why even have a diskectomy if the chances of re-herniation is so high or common?????
    As I understand it, once a disc is compromised, it can never be as strong as it once was. You see, if the annulus is torn for some reason, it tries to close the breach with scar tissue. However, scar tissue is not as strong as the annulus covering material itself. So, if the original annulus material gave way, the new scar tissue closing has even less chance of standing up to the same stresses.

    I did it because I did not want a fusion and the problems they cause. I would rather keep my weakened natural disc if it is not causing me any pain and live a limited activity life than get a fusion.
    -----------------------------
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • That was interesting to read Paul.

    Thanks so much

    Rose
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  • flowerpotsfflowerpots Posts: 379
    edited 10/12/2013 - 8:23 AM
    My surgeon use to do these and said there success rate is low.I had the ALIFL4L5S1 Fusion cut front and back in March.It was a long recovery but im back to work full time cleaning houses.His success rate is 98%.I have no pain.I hope you are a success in your recovery.Much luck to all of you kathy
    Kathy B
  • Been doing some research from reputable sources, Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins etc...
    And Kathy is correct.

    Success rate for diskectomies for back pain is LOW,whereas Laminectomies for Stenosis success rate is HIGH

    With spinal surgery, success of relieving LEG PAIN IS HIGH, whereas success of relieving BACK PAIN IS LOW.

    I have made many dear friens on this forum and have lesrned lots of info. That lead my curiosity to further research.

    In a nut shell, total hips and knees are 99 percent successful as my orthopod says, whereas spine surgery is a gamble.
    This is why my orthopod decided to be one of the top docs in the country at hip and knee surgery.

    My spine surgeon is one of the tops in the country for spine dosirders, specializing in neurological deficits.
    My foot drop and severe weakness made me a candidate for a consult and was told
    "YOU NEED SURGERY ASAP"
    When one of the top docs in the country says that to you, you schedule a surgery date and get nervous.

    By the way, this top doc said " and you wont need a fusion to accomplish our goals for success"

    I yelled out " YEAH, THANK GOD" and he just gave me a dirty look

    I guess he thought i should have been thanking him, not God. LOL

    For whatever its worth, I had two diskectomies for severe," you cant move pain" in my low back in 1972 and 2002 and both were 100 percent successful

    Hugs
    Rose
  • stenosisRosesstenosisRose Posts: 477
    edited 10/12/2013 - 2:19 PM
    Everything looks fine with proofreading, then my kindle makes its own changes

    Maybe this thing is possessed? LOL

    Sorry for the embarrassing errors
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