Neuro surgeon or Ortho surgeon? Had microdiscectomy in 2009-large disc herniation in 2008, L5 S1. Tried conservative treatment for a year. PT, injections. Now have been told the disc is compressed down to 1/4%. Fusion suggested. No one has suggested disc replacement. Can you elaborate? Thank you
The question should be formulated as spine surgeon vs. neurosurgeon as an orthopaedic surgeon must then do a fellowship before becoming a spine surgeon.
It may not matter as much between the two as it should between the more competent practitioner. How many years has the surgeon been practicing? Ask multiple questions of both and look for their answers. I wrote a response on how to pick a surgeon and what questions to ask at the initial onset of this forum. Search for that response.
I wrote on the website my opinion of artificial discs for the lumbar spine. You can read that under “treatments’- “surgical” and formulate your own opinion.
In the appropriately selected patient, fusion of one level should have a 90% success rate for 2/3 relief of pain.
PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.