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  • cdlasnier
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    Hi Everyone,

    History: I’ve had moderate to severe sciatica pain going on for around 5 months in right buttocks, right leg down to foot which made it difficult to stand, walk, sit or generally get in any comfortable position.
    Over these past few months tried chiropractor, physical therapy, and lastly lots of narcotics. Narcotics minimized the pain but I was unable to function at work. Docs requested an MRI showing a severely herniated disc at L5/S1. Tried to be more active to see if that helped but anything active made it worse, even just standing up straight.
    Made the decision approximately a month ago to go for the surgery.
    Now I am day 2 post op: Almost zero pain, able to walk and stand up straight, only minimal pain at the incision site and muscle tightness but so far so good and haven’t taken any pain meds, not even an ibuprofen on day two since I want to listen to my body on what NOT to do. Taking it easy with short walks today, moving slowly, no bending twisting, or lifting anything heavy for the next three months. I’d post a link to my post operation photo but not sure how to create a link to it? Hope this relief continues! Will post in a couple more weeks. Took 3 1/2 weeks off from work to recover, walk a lot and no driving.

    cdlasnier
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    Forgot to mention i had numbness down my calf and through most of my foot and toes, already starting to feel in my big toe again and about to the middle of my foot, otherwise the other numbness is still there but tolerable and I’m not too worried about it since nerves take a while to heal I’ve been told.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Thank you for sharing your experience. This is what is normally expected from a micro discectomy surgery with radiculopathy.

    Please keep us informed of your progress.

    Dr. Corenman

    texasspondy
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    Was just curious, are you one of Dr. Corenman’s patients, or did you have this procedure done by another surgeon. I am still researching and truthfully you want to get to know anything and everything about success and failures of surgeons. I’m glad to hear your back surgery was a success. Your procedure sounds much less complicated than a fusion, but heck any sucessful back surgery is good news to hear too.

    cdlasnier post=2154 wrote: Hi Everyone,

    History: I’ve had moderate to severe sciatica pain going on for around 5 months in right buttocks, right leg down to foot which made it difficult to stand, walk, sit or generally get in any comfortable position.
    Over these past few months tried chiropractor, physical therapy, and lastly lots of narcotics. Narcotics minimized the pain but I was unable to function at work. Docs requested an MRI showing a severely herniated disc at L5/S1. Tried to be more active to see if that helped but anything active made it worse, even just standing up straight.
    Made the decision approximately a month ago to go for the surgery.
    Now I am day 2 post op: Almost zero pain, able to walk and stand up straight, only minimal pain at the incision site and muscle tightness but so far so good and haven’t taken any pain meds, not even an ibuprofen on day two since I want to listen to my body on what NOT to do. Taking it easy with short walks today, moving slowly, no bending twisting, or lifting anything heavy for the next three months. I’d post a link to my post operation photo but not sure how to create a link to it? Hope this relief continues! Will post in a couple more weeks. Took 3 1/2 weeks off from work to recover, walk a lot and no driving.

    cdlasnier
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    No. I am currently living near Seattle, WA so I did some research for surgeons in that area. I had a list of surgeons covered under my insurance and essentially chose the one that had a lot of experience and success with this procedure in particular. He also had good comments abou post operative follow up which was important to me as well. I met with him a few weeks prior to surgery and we went over my options. I never felt pressured that surgery was my only option and he was very patient with all of my concerns and questions. My husband also had the same surgery 15 years ago and has not had any pain since and is very active (the biggest adjustment he has made is allowing a day or two per week for active recovery with joint mobility workouts each week-he also teaches fitness classes). I’m hoping I have the same long term success as he has :).

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    I don’t ask my patients to become involved with the forum as I think it would taint what people read here. I don’t want to “toot my own horn” on the forum but to answer questions pertaining to appropriate treatment decisions.

    A surgeon who takes the time to answer questions is a good sign of an attentive surgeon. I think a higher success rate can be found with that type of individual.

    Dr. Corenman

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