Have you had any experience with herniated disc back surgery? What should I expect?
June 8, 2010 10:24 AM Subscribe
Hey everybody, I asked about my leg pain/sciatica and got a lot of helpful answers last time. This is a followup on the same topic. I recently got an MRI back that says I have "There is a large extradural mass extending posterior to the L4-5 or L5-S1 intervertebral discs most likely L5-S1. This likely reflects an extruded disc fragment from a disc herniation. There is extensive effacement of the right S-1 nerve root. This extends up to the level of the L4-5 disc. Diffuse central disc bulging is present at L3-4. No compression fractures or other bony abnormalities are identified." My chiropractor said that I have the next to worse kind of herniated disc and that it is "leaking" and putting pressure on the nerve. He was anti-surgery last time, but after seeing the MRI said that is pretty much my only treatment option at this point for relief. I am having horrible leg pain and am on pain killers pretty consistently. I am mildly freaked out about surgery, but I need to get back on track with my life. Please help me get a better understanding if you have any experience. Thank you!
My chiro. said that surgery was the only option (he's very conservative). I'm seeing the spine surgeon tomorrow, but I know he will be pro-surgery. I have horrible pain in my leg and do not want to have surgery. This all started with a car accident. This all gives background to my question/s:
*Has anyone had surgery for this condition in particular? Did it work for you? Do you regret your decision? Why or why not?
*Is there any treatment other than surgery that could be helpful?
*Should I expect the recovery time to be bad or not too bad?
I really don't want to have surgery, but if I have to for this to heal I am going to. I really appreciate any insights or advice that you could share. I'm rather nervous about this and always am comforted by hearing of others who have had the same experience. Thanks again for your time. Have a great day!