Hi everyone, you may remember me from earlier this year. I had severe stenosis from bone spurs and narrowing of L4-L5. I could hardly walk 10 yards anymore; my legs felt like they had 500lb weights attached to them. I sought opinions from 2 surgeons, who both said I need decompression and fusion. I hear a lot these days about unnecessary fusions, and I just couldn't bring myself to go that route. I did a lot of research, and finally got an appt with a very respected surgeon. He looked at my MRI and said that while L4-L5 is a mess, the rest of my back looks very healthy and most likely just a laminotomy to remove the bone that is pinching the nerve will fix me up just fine.
I had the surgery on Dec 28 under a local anesthetic, since I hae some contraindications for general anesthesia. I was wide awake and more bored than anything else! The doc said that my nerve roots were pinched almost flat but that they plumped right up when the pieces of offending bone were removed. Couple hours later, I was walking down the hallway. Although I was slow and wobbly, I can't tell you how amazing it was to feel my legs move without effort. And I feel about 5 inches taller because I can stand up straight again!
I went home that day and am resting a lot but am no longer on pain meds as of today. I am able to walk a little more each day without the horrible leg pain and heaviness I had before surgery. I feel confident that the surgery will turn out to be a huge success!