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    scoliosisguy Guest

    Question discectomy

    I am scheduled to have surgery next month.
    I will for sure have a discectomy.Surgeon will be removing disc materila which is impinging a nerve.If too much material has to be removed and the area appears to be unstable ,he then will fuse that one vertabrae,L5-s1.

    How much pain can I expect after this procedure and what do you think I will have for recovery time?

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    Hi Scoliosisguy...

    Most of us who have had scoliosis surgery, had anywhere from 4 to 20+ fusions, so it's hard to tell what the pain from one fusion might be. I guess that it's possible that 20 fusions aren't any more painful than 1 fusion, but I certainly don't know that.

    You might want to ask your doctor to provide you with the names and contact numbers for a few other patients who have had the same surgery. They can give you a good idea of what to expect.

    Regards,
    Linda

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    Re: discectomy

    Scoliosis guy:
    I had a discectomy at the age of 42 on L4/L5. At that age, you will be feeling pretty good by the third week.
    If you have a fusion, your most painful
    area will be the bone graft area. It is
    agraviating, not debilitating. I was a single mother with two small girls, it
    just never occurred to me not to march
    right out of the house as soon as possible and do everything I felt well enough to do. If you are in good shape
    (athletic), you will sail through it.
    Kathleen







    I am scheduled to have surgery next month.
    I will for sure have a discectomy.Surgeon will be removing disc materila which is impinging a nerve.If too much material has to be removed and the area appears to be unstable ,he then will fuse that one vertabrae,L5-s1.

    How much pain can I expect after this procedure and what do you think I will have for recovery time?
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    scoliosisguy Guest

    if fusion

    If its a fusion,I was told there will not be a bone grat from me.It will be from some man made stuff

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