Spinal Stenosis - Herniated Disk operation and results

@naty1941 (2336)
United States
February 17, 2007 3:30pm CST
I am suffering from a herniated disk which requires an operation. Has anyone else had this type of operation? What are the risks involved? How many opinions from specialists should I obtain before going ahead with the operation?
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
17 Feb 07
My father was diagnosed with spinal stenosis about 2 years ago. It progressed rapidly from pain to worsening pain to the point where he could barely get out of bed and walk a few feet. They tried numerous medications (pain medication and muscle relaxers) and several courses of cortisone injections in spine, all of which were ineffective. He did not want surgery in the beginning, in fact he was adamant against it. Finally he agreed, as he was in danger of immobility and possibly paralysis. He had a lumbar laminectomy 11 months ago at the age of 80! He did great during surgery, healed well, and spent 3 weeks in a rehab. facility for intensive physical therapy. Today he is 81 and he is getting around as if he were 60 again! He has no pain at all, no weakness in his legs, and if it weren't for a bad knee (which he refuses to do anything about), he wouldn't even need a cane. If you are in good health overall, I think that you should seriously consider having the surgery if you are in pain or are having difficulty getting around. This surgery dramatically improved my Dad's quality of life. I am in the medical field myself, so I made sure that the surgeon specialized in spinal surgery and had done a LOT of these surgeries successfully. I think that's important, as is a 2nd opinion to see if the surgery is necessary. There are risks to any surgery, and I think that those questions are best answered by the surgeons who know your entire history. Good Luck, and let us know what you decide!
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@naty1941 (2336)
• United States
18 Feb 07
Thank you so much for your response; you make a good point in researching the surgeon's qualifications. I need the operation and have to have it as my problem started over ten years ago and it is now extremely painful. I can't even drive and sitting for prolonged periods of time is difficult. Have a good week end.