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    Back surgery?

    I have been having a great deal of pain in my hips/groin/legs for the past few months. I can't stand or walk for long before there is stabbing pain mainly in the right groin area and then down that leg.

    An MRI revealed deterioration of the bones below the spine resulting in pinched nerves. I've had epidural injections which have provided some but not a whole lot of relief.

    Last week I saw a neurosurgeon. He advised surgery, more specifically Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion*.

    This would require several days in the hospital and then three or four weeks in a rehab place.

    I'm terrified at the prospect!

    The surgeon said this is not something to rush into, and to talk it over with family and get more information. I have another appointment with him May 2. I also would like to get at least a second opinion before making any decisions.

    Have any of you ever had surgery like this or have anyone close to you who has? Or know anything more about it or have good leads on other surgeons?

    Thanks very much!

    Pat

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    * For more information on this, go to this page: http://annarborspinecenter.com/educa...nimations.html

    In the area labeled "Medical Animations" and then under "Patient Education Libraries," click "Orthopedics." Then go down the "Surgical Procedures" list to "PLIF: Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion" and click that. That's it! Fun FUN FUN!!!
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    I will PM Kirsten, and Lut - I think one of them might have had similar Sir Jury, not sure.
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    It isn't what I had done.
    More information here:- http://www.centerforspinecare.com/maverick/
    - http://www.methodisthealthsystem.org...lumbarmaverick

    I wish you all the best Phesina!! This surgery gave me a new life! I am so happy with the result!!

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    This sounds a lot like the surgery Tiger Woods had. Hopefully whatever you decide will stop your pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smokey the elder View Post
    This sounds a lot like the surgery Tiger Woods had. Hopefully whatever you decide will stop your pain.
    Thank you, Smokey! I hope I do as well as Tiger.

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    Pat, I'm sorry to hear this. I don't know anything about back surgery, so can't help, but in any case it's always good to get a second opinion. If you do decide to get surgery, I hope it will be a success and you will be painfree.

    Sending lots of good thougts and hugs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maya & Inka's mommy View Post
    It isn't what I had done.
    More information here:- http://www.centerforspinecare.com/maverick/
    - http://www.methodisthealthsystem.org...lumbarmaverick

    I wish you all the best Phesina!! This surgery gave me a new life! I am so happy with the result!!
    Thank you, Lut! This was extremely interesting. Did you have your work done there in Texas? I'm so glad that your surgery went so well and you are doing so much better!

    It looks like the Ann Arbor Spine Center does something similar (see "Total Disc Replacement" on the Orthopedics Animations page), but I guess this particular surgeon doesn't think it would be suitable for me.

    Pat
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    Quote Originally Posted by phesina View Post
    Thank you, Lut! This was extremely interesting. Did you have your work done there in Texas? I'm so glad that your surgery went so well and you are doing so much better!
    In Texas??? I live in Belgium , we have good surgeons here too , LOL

    ps. Randi is right, Pat, be sure to get a good second opinion! I did that too, I also contacted people who'd got this surgery. Seeing their progress, was a great relief to me! A few months later, I was also contacted by a man who needed to have it done as well. I gave him good advise and I also went to the hospital a few days after his surgery; I did this to show him how good my back was; he told me that my visit made him really believe he would get better too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maya & Inka's mommy View Post
    In Texas??? I live in Belgium , we have good surgeons here too , LOL

    ps. Randi is right, Pat, be sure to get a good second opinion! I did that too, I also contacted people who'd got this surgery. Seeing their progress, was a great relief to me! A few months later, I was also contacted by a man who needed to have it done as well. I gave him good advise and I also went to the hospital a few days after his surgery; I did this to show him how good my back was; he told me that my visit made him really believe he would get better too!
    Thanks, Lut.

    I know you live in Belgium! I was so surprised when the site links you gave me went to this place in Texas. I wondered, you went all the way to Texas to get this done? When ever would this have been, because in all the time I've known you here, I've never seen any mention of a trip to Texas.

    I'm sure you had a fine surgeon there in Belgium . His clinic or hospital doesn't have a web site telling about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen View Post
    I will PM Kirsten, and Lut - I think one of them might have had similar Sir Jury, not sure.
    Thank you, Karen. I see Lut has already replied here!

    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    "Cats," he said eventually. "Cats are nice."

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