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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.
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