Back Surgery. Request for Help & Advice..
This Digger needs help if you have any advice please contact Allen at [email protected]
I’m seeking advice and help with a chronic lower back pain issue.
I have had several procedures at day surgery with pain and anaesthetists all unsuccessful (see summary below).
I’m having another Rhizotomy on Tuesday 14 June, which my surgeon says is a 1 in 3 chance of success.
I have seen two spinal surgeons to explore whether a spinal fusion of my vertebrae would be beneficial in mitigating my pain. The spinal fusion involves a surgeon joining vertebrae with metal locks. I’m not enthusiastic about this as it’s a 6-hour operation under anaesthetic, followed by a week in the hospital and 3 months of rehab.
Are there any diggers out there who have had back surgery or any other treatment for chronic lower back pain?
I’ve tried physiotherapy and dry needling again unsuccessful. Currently, I’m drugged to the eyeballs with pain medication, mostly opioids.
At 75, I’m worried I may not survive 6 hours under an anaesthetic. Any advice or help would be appreciated because I’m becoming desperate.
9 June 2011 Dr Gabriel Lee – Right L4/5 hemilaminectomy, decompression of L5 nerve. SUCCESSFUL
28 May 2021 Dr Nick Butterfield – Right 4/5 & L5/S1 Facet Joints Injections – SKG Cockburn. UNSUCCESSFUL
3 July 2021 Dr Roger Tan – Right L3 -S1 Medial Branch Blocks +RF Thermal Rhizotomies & Lumbar Steroid Epidural + Epidurogram – UNSUCCESSFUL
3 Sept 2021 Dr Michael Miu – Right Superior Cluneal Nerve Block and plused rhizotomy UNSUCCESSFUL
2 Nov 2021 Dr Siamak Seresti – Referral to Dr Brian Lee for spinal disc block (fusion) surgery. NOT PROCEEDED WITH
14 June 2022 Dr Paul Taylor – 2nd Rhizotomy on my lower back.. AWAITING OPERATION.