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i was in a car accident on2/26/12 and got a large disk herniation

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i was in a car accident on2/26/12 and got a large disk herniation between l4 amd l5 i had therapy epidurals im alot better but still cant do much without alot of pain the next few days im a auto mechanic and its tuff trying not to pick up anything heavy or bend very much my pain is a 2 in the morning and a 4 in the evening if i do very little and if i try to do a normal day i only last 4 to 5 hours then bed time with ice and pills and if i ignore the pain i cant get up for two days ive learned not to push it i went to see a sergion he said from my mri i need a micro diskectomey or i can do the open fusion dont no witch to chose or none at all. i dont no about what thay inteal or how good of results or how bad results can bee i just no thay say these things and nobody can give me any strat answers i just hear dont do it u will b messed up for life or u dont u wont get better can u give me some strat answers and educate me please or send me somewhere to get some
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Chris C. replied 1 year ago.

medtech254 :

Hello! I will be assisting you today. While I cannot tell you what the best choice for you is I can give you some information so that you can make an informed decision. First microdiscectomy:

medtech254 :

This explains the how and why of the procedure:

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http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/back-surgery/microdiscectomy-microdecompression-spine-surgery

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http://www.spine-health.com/fig-1-approach-microdiscectomy

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and here is a video of the surgery being performed:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdIupbLvq9E

medtech254 :

Here is some information on fusion:

medtech254 :

http://www.laserspineinstitute.com/back_problems/back_surgery/types/lumbar_fusion/

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http://www.laserspineinstitute.com/articles/bulging_disc_fusion/32/fusion_articles/

medtech254 :

Here is a video that fully explains the fusion process:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wwlivdq0kCE

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and this is a fusion surgery:

medtech254 :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0GCc7jZt4U

medtech254 :

Those links should give you all the information you need and then some to make the best decision in your particular case.

medtech254 :

I will also include some information in the following link that will help you decide if you want to have any procedure or not:

medtech254 :

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/back-surgery/HQ00305

Customer:

another big concern is will this fix my bigest issue witch is my right leg not bending after i walk or stand for more than 20 minutes or climbing a hill not a big hilljust a grade in the morning its fine sometimes it takes days for me to set it off but it has taken less than 5 minutes and it wont bend for 2 days there is a area at the top of my but andjust below my hip on the right that the chiropractor was able to massage and i felt great for 2 weeks u would have never thought any things wrong but it came back and he never found it again i dont have burning radiating pain alot of times i only have pain when i sit and then i can sit if i keep my foot held back like im squating and the pain stops just dont want to do some thing that dont fix the main problem that scares me most or getting worse the ciropractor called it stinosis does this sound like eather surgery that the surgion recomended fix this not sure if im asking to much im wanting to be sure dont want to say if only,thank you for showing me the information i didnt no where to go at all

Customer:

if i need i can ask u this thing about my leg on another question im just glad u are here to ask

medtech254 :

Ok with the nerve compression it will often cause leg issues including pain, tingling, and various other problems. This varies greatly depending on the exact amount of pressure and the extent of the injury. Normally as it will describe in the links once the pressure is removed the symptoms start to go away almost immediately.

medtech254 :

The problem take some time to be totally gone but the improvement is often noticed right after surgery.

medtech254 :

Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of spaces in the spine which causes pressure on the spinal cord nerves.

medtech254 :

This would be addressed likely at the same time as the other issues and would not require more surgeries.

Customer:

thank u so much for your time and expertise u have been very helpful I would like to give u a big tip but I been out of work for over a year and don't have much god will bless you

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