marksmoneymakers Posts:17476 Followers:141
On 09/08/2012 03:54 PM in General

Back Surgery?

Has anybody here had back surgery before? If so I would like to hear how it went for you and was it worth it. I have a decision to make about it and keep going back and forth. I think I need to have it done and get it over with, but back surgery scares me. I know people who it worked for and other who it did not. Not afraid to admit I am a little scared over this. Just did three days in the hospital and they wanted me to stay one more night and have the surgery in the morning. I told them I need a few days and go home to discuss it with my wife. Even though I know this is a decision I have to make myself, I am looking for some thoughts. They told me it would be outpatient and they were going to remove two discs.

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coverit Posts:996 Followers:3
09/09/2012 12:29 AM

I haven't, but do know a couple people who have, and it has helped. No problems at all. I know you mentioned chiropractors haven't helped, and it sounds like you have to deteriorated discs. It is a big decision, it would spook me for sure.
First and foremost, I'd research the hospital and your surgeon. Maybe get more than one opinion, if you haven't already.
Good luck with whatever you decide.

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marksmoneymakers Posts:17476 Followers:141
09/09/2012 11:55 AM

I have talked to several doctors and they all say I need it. The doctor is supposed to be the best back surgeon in Pennsylvania. I have ruptured discs in the past as well.

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thehitman Posts:2517 Followers:5
09/09/2012 06:42 PM

My back has always given me problems, but never serious enough for surgery. Agree, it is a huge decision. I know of 2 that have done it. My mechanic says he feels like a new man, took him awhile to recover and learn to walk normal again. A bowling buddy also did it and he's happy. But I don't have the intimate details on either.

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marksmoneymakers Posts:17476 Followers:141
09/09/2012 08:43 PM

I am hopefully going to meet with the surgeon this week and get more details. I really need to know the recovery time as I would be off work without pay. Thanks hitman for the info.

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bobalou Posts:5063 Followers:146
09/09/2012 11:43 PM

Keep us posted Markie



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marksmoneymakers Posts:17476 Followers:141
09/11/2012 10:33 AM

Dr appointment with my family doctor Wednesday at 3:00. Pain manageable right now, so thinking why have surgery. A few days ago I wanted to cut off my leg. I am about 90% sure I am going to do it.

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marksmoneymakers Posts:17476 Followers:141
09/16/2012 09:48 PM

I know I am having back surgery. I meet with the surgeon on the 24th to schedule it. A week away......feels like forever.

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bobalou Posts:5063 Followers:146
09/17/2012 11:43 AM

We are all pulling for ya Mark...

Just remember => If you have a surgeon with a steady hand and God in your hip pocket (or as your co-pilot since you won't have any pockets on the operating table) You'll be good as new soon and pestering the nurses.





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marksmoneymakers Posts:17476 Followers:141
09/17/2012 11:50 AM

If she is my nurse, I am going in now.

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