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gonna get it done next month. you can only take so much . its been hard to ride from leg pain , and it has let up for a little while . and now my leg is starting give out again .i will be going to stillwater in minnesota, i have heard many good reports from there :eek:4:
 

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Been there done that got the scar. It has been 3 years and I feel great. Take care, good luck and do what the doctor says when it is all over. You won't regret it or at least I haven't.
 

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Good luck to you...here is to a fast recovery.

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Check this out first

Before you get your back surgery, check out Bonati Institute in Hudson, FL, north of Clearwater/Tampa. Phone 727-868-9563, e-mail [email protected]

If your case is appropriate, doctors at this clinic can perform a minimally invasive procedure that destroys nerves behind the spinal column so the pain disappears.

My wife had this done last month while I sat in the operating room watching the whole 90-minute operation. It's simple but very effective. Two others in my church had it done with excellent results. My wife is now without pain and able to move freely. It's extremely effective for her. She has no loss of normal sensation from the destroyed nerves.

After verifying the hot-spots, the surgeon inserted wires to each affected nerve, six in her case. Then, with 1/4" incisions, he threaded 6mm tubes to each spot so he could view with an arthroscope and laser the specific locations causing the pain. He only needed to use one suture for each of the six locations. My wife walked out and, with limited physical therapy, has done extremely well. While there, I spoke with numerous patients from all of the country and they were all very pleased. It's worth the trip to Florida if this procedure works for your case.

Of course, each case is different so you'd need to talk with them to see if it's right for you. I was told that this is the only clinic in the country performing this procedure.
 

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Been there done that - twice :!: Two different disks and great results both time. The second surgery was 11 years ago and I have been pain free and active since. :D I hope you have the same success. Let us know how it goes.
 

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Like RockWing, I've had 2 back surgeries, one in '86 and the second in '92. In the next few months I'll be retiring from full firefighting duties. I also regularly do 900-1000 miles days on a bike. Today's technology has made this type of surgery incredibly successful.
 

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Good luck with your surgery.

Hopefully it will go well and the pain will be gone.
 

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I know the feeling. I had nerves trapped that made my legs ache so bad I could not walk more than a block.
Sometimes I would step down and it would feel like my leg was not there.
I almost wore out the handrail getting up the basement stairs.
I had my first surgury 5 years ago for the right side and I had the left side done in June. My doctor did a great job.
I was back to better than I felt for 5 years in less than a week.

Good luck on the surgury, you'll be riding again before you know it....
 

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My Wife had hers done 4 wks. ago, and She felt better immediately. She has even said if She knew then what She knows now She would have done it about 4 yrs. ago. Good Luck
 

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I just postponed cervical minimally invasive surgery with Dr. Jho in Pittsburgh due to their lack of communication with me. I am looking into other doc's doing similar procedures, so please let me know how it goes. I understood from someone I know that the doc's in Tampa do not or did not accept insurance. I may still wind up with Dr. Jho, since he does something the others do not (remove bone spurs along with the disc material that is protruding).
Down here in this third world country known as Florida, the doc's want to fuse me at 4-5, 5-6, 6-7...no way!! Minimally invasive is the only way to go; leaves you open for when they perfect disc replacement.

Good luck with your surgery, and take care, heal well! Don't forget that riding is the best therapy!!! and you will be back in the saddle again soon! Your Wing will be waiting...see you on the road...
 

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P.S. to blinkin357:
No, there are now several doctors using lasers, but some perform differing techniques. Some remove the material protruding, while others either zap the nucleus with a laser or insert a needle and remove the nucleus, in order to shrink down the disc, thus ending the herniation.
One doc down here uses the laser also, but I had a negative feeling there...seemed too money oriented.
Glad your wife's went well. Do they accept insurance now?
 

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gonna get it done next month. you can only take so much . its been hard to ride from leg pain , and it has let up for a little while . and now my leg is starting give out again .i will be going to stillwater in minnesota, i have heard many good reports from there :eek:4:
I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but I think if you had a gold wing, it wouldn't hurt your back so much. I know them Harleys can be hell on your bones. The gold wings are really smooth running bikes and are good for old people with bad bones. I hope you get better :yes1:
 

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oooh...I didn't know he rides an HD...then your Wing won't be waiting, your bike of choice will! Good Luck!
 

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well i do have a wing . and there are days i will go 10 mi then go back as it hurts to bad . last night was hard to sleep with the pains as it gets bad again. i was lucky it let up so i could ride this summer. the place im going to , backs is only thing they do. i sold my kawasaki voyager as i could not ride any more
 

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I have a fused L4-5 from a ballooning accident back in 1983. Though there's no leg pain - I do have occassional issues with the muscle/tissue that was cut through for access. What ever you do opt for the least invasive incision...
 

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got it done on monday . i was able to sleep good last knight . doc said it was worse than we expected due to bone spurs also . but all whent well . no i hope to go west next year , as it hurt to bad for any long trips this year :biker:
 

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Good luck, I hope all goes well.
I'm 43 and blew out 2 lumbar disks when I was 22. I had the leg pain, etc. I had physical therapy that for the most part worked. I have been o.k. for 20yrs. In '05 I started getting bad pain again and had to get rid of my VFR and CBR, I had MRI's and met with neuro surgeon. He showed me the disks which still looked messed up and squished but said there was nothing more he could do surgically. He also said he thought I had something going on with my hip (it hurt like heck). Turns out I had a torn labrum which does not show up very well even on MRI. I went to a specialist in Nashville TN, team surgeon for TN Titans and had surgery in Aug. My hip is doing better, I can ride the wing and VTX mostly comfortable now and am hoping for more relief as time goes by. I'm also hoping for pain relief to be good enough to allow me to ride a '06FJR or maybe my favorite VFR again.
Everybody I know, and thats alot who have had disk repair surgery have done really well, I was almost hoping I could benefit from it.

Good luck and let us know,

Steve
 
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