Hi Everyone. I had a tear in disc L5/S1 which was pushi...

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Hi Everyone.

I had a tear in disc L5/S1 which was pushing onto my nerves. I had seen a orthapedic surgeon who referred me onto the Spinal Foundation in Manchester. I had an MRI scan etc. He recommended a course of Physio treatment and epidural injections. These helped a little but only reduced the muscle spasms. The choices I had were to have conventional surgery ie fusion etc or to have a laser treatment called Endoscopic Laser Decompression and Foraminoplasty. I had the op 16 days ago and although am in a little pain , mainly down my sciatic nerve things are on the up. The pain is different to pre op and am improving day by day. I had to pay for this op myself as it is not available on the NHS at present.

Good Luck

LIsa

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    Hi Lisa i hope everything is getting better for you.

    I have two callapsed disc in my neck and i have to have surgery soon.

    Disc replacement, not good.

    What was the procedure you had?

    How much did it cost if you dont mind?

    Anyway im glad you are improving .

    Take care Jeff

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    Hi Jeff

    Had a laser treatment which is not available on the NHS at present. It involves a small incision in my back. I had a tear in my disc which had attached itself to my nerve. The excess disc is lasered away from the nerve and any degenertion is removed. It cost approx £7,000 but had it done in France by the same surgeon from the spinal foundation (see their website). He has set up a clinic in France as its approx £6,000 cheaper over there. Any further questions please call me. Good luck with your surgery and hope it works out well

    Take care

    Lis

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    by the way the website is spinal-foundaion.org and the surgeon is Mr Martin Knight who is a really understanding guy who will not tell you just to put up with the pain. Anyone needs any info get in touch

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    Hi Lisa,

    I also had the ELD 17 days ago! Dr Martin Knight. Not really sure how I am doing as I have a new pain in the centre of my back. Will report back here at a later date.Was your op with Dr Knight?

    Best Wishes

    Simon

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    Hi Simon

    Yes I had the op with Mr Knight in France. I have the same pain in my back but goes all the way to my foot - I expected a flare as obviously it swells after the op and there is little room for it to go.- have been told by the foundation to take care and to expect a flare. The pain is different though. Feel brighter in myself but the pain is the worse it has been since the op. Had my op on the 27th October. Good luck and chin up!!!!

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    Lis

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