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i am asking for information at this point.... did you mean to direct this to a specifici doctor?
one that may have answered for you before?
I have had both procedures performed on me and believe I can answer but am not familiar with your previous questions.
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the orthopedic is stating that I have either a 1 or 2 level microdiscetmy or a I need a open fusion. I was seeing about the healing percentage rate of both procedures. Will I ever get any better, I have a lot of numbness in my leg. I have a wife and child and they are very concerned as well. This is between L5-and they have seen another herniated disc higher up. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk]
well, if you are being given the option for a two level microdiscectomy that is the preferred option. the recovery time is minimal. for an open fusion the recovery time is six months and often they fail, either soon or late. this is a question BEST answered by your surgeon, and I know you want some reassurance, but your surgeon is the one in posession of your MRI and is the one who can explain why a fusion MIGHT be better. from what you have told me, again, if you are being given an option, it is wise to go with the least invasive procedure available. if your symptoms are from the herniated discs then the microdiscectomy, if the surgeon feeels he can get to the herniated discs, is preferred. again, the healing time is very short, a few weeks, as opposed to the fusion which is months.
as well, after a fusion, at some point, you are likely to herniate discs again as the fusion limitis mobility of the back and stressess the discs above and below the fusion.
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I plan to ask my sergion a lot of questions just trying to get some education before I go to get the best results do you no of any sites that mite tell me more about the micro discectomy with fuson I can only find one or the other from what I understand the open fusion and the micro discectomy with fusion is the same but the lesser one leaves the bones uncut and the open cuts it away