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TLIF surgery

I've been advised to have a TLIF on a herniated disc in L5.  My dr has emphasized this is a major surgery & I'm very concerned.  I've had several ESI injections/physical therapy & chiro with no relief.  The surgery is my last resort.  I'm scared to death to have screws in my spine & I'm hoping there are others out there that have had this done & please share your experiences.
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The MRI showed the disc has no 'alive' fluid in it and the dr said there's probably cracking throughtout the disc from drying out.
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If the disc is pressing on the spinal nerve(s), then you should have it removed, and you will have a dramatic reduction in pain. Ruptured discs can also damage spine ligaments that cause pain. Some cases for the removal of a disc are self evident -- if your case is like this, then by all means have the surgery done. You'll be glad that you did.

What does your MRI show?

However, if the disc is dry only, you may or may not get relief from surgery.

A good indication of successful surgery is the experience of your doctor. Generally, if he/she has performed over 600 fusion surgeries, your chances for success are good.

Best wishes.
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Both.....the disc is herniated & all fluid is dead.  The dr wants to remove the dead disc & put in a rubber spacer the screws to hold the vertebra in place.  This is major surgery & I'm scared to death I'll still have pain.  I'm 35 years old & have 3 kids to keep up with.  I'm looking for anyone that has had the TLIF procedure done & how well it worked for them.
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Is the majority of your pain down the leg, or do you have low back pain as well?
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I hope your surgery goes perfectly! With back surgeries there is a 50% chance it will be successful. It certainly is a major surgery.  I have had several with the last one being an ALIF where they put plates and screws in my back. It wasn't a successful surgery. I'm glad you are choosing this surgery as a last resort.
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