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after 13months i finally got to see orthopedic consultant

he was very aloof and i almost felt he didnt belive the pain and discomfort i have been putting up with.the mri scan results showed him the reason L4/5 DISC large rupture dd in two connecting discs. after 15 mins he then said i would have to see spinal surgeon in another hospital it would also take about a month to receive an acknoledgement from this surgeon

what a waist of my time and his he could have notified other hospital just by reading my notes 7 months ago when mri scan were known, what is the difference between these two proffessionals why cant orthopedic consultant decide if i musthave a the disc removed or not. surely hes qualified to say.i feel him sending a letter to another person to judge condition is just passing the buck

probably have to wait another 12 months to find out

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    hi oscar

    thats is exactlly what happened to me and i finally had my surgery dec13 26 mths after my initail injury purely because i was sent to a ortho doc not a neuro, if i had known of this site 2 yrs ago i would have known to tell my gp that i needed a ns not a os. maybe for you the wait will not be as long as the new waiting times are due to come into force march this year so fingers crossed eh that you,ll get your surgery a hell of a lot quicker than i did. gail

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    thanks gail its nice to know someone understands the frustation

    i must admit that im scared of op

    has anyone had the disc removed completely the orthopedic consultant said my back pain wont go away but it will help with leg pain

    best wishes to you all

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    hi oscar

    i had the disc removed and a impalnt inserted but in my neck so cant help with the back but hopfully someone will answer cos quite a few of us have just been having surgery, with the neck i had very bad arm and hand pain but thankfuly the pain has gone 3+ wks post-op but now and again i,ll have pain but nothing like before the op, and in time it should go completely (fingers crossed). i can say im not sorry i,ve had the op there is no way i could have carried on living with the constant pain i was in, only downside to my op is the scar on my neck but what the hell i,ll deal with that in time. gail

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    H Oscar,

    From reading up on lumbar discectomies, it seems that they are performed to help mainly with leg pain ( sciatica) to remove pressure from the sciatic nerve. Outcomes have shown that leg pain can be significantly reduced but less so with leg pain. Lumbar discectomies have around an 85% success rate...I have to say though that in my experience, having had an L5/S1 discectomy ( open plan) on 1st Nov '07, my back pain has reduced, but this could be due to other factors such as correct posture, and no lifting, bending, twisting, which is part of the aftercare one has to follow after such a procedure. I was really scared of having the op but found this site really helpful, both during and after my surgery...I was in horrendous pain before the op ( needing Morphine for pain management) and now I take the occaisional paracetamol)...I would definately have the op again...I now have my life back, can drive again and return to work in 3 weeks time...I am so bored at the moment that I've even been decorating my hall today!! Good luck with it and keep us posted.

    Take care,

    Jules xx :D :D

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