justme

Corbin, KY

#1 Sep 28, 2008
just wondering what experience people have had after having back surgery. did it help?
One who knows

Brownsville, TN

#2 Sep 28, 2008
justme wrote:
just wondering what experience people have had after having back surgery. did it help?
Completely ruined my life!! I wish I never would have had it! It does help some people, but hurts just as many..If there's anyway around it don't do it!!!!!! Just my opinion!
justme

Corbin, KY

#3 Sep 28, 2008
i need surgery on a discs that is herniated and touches phyiotic* nerve and spinal cord. i have no insurance but i have been fighting to try to get this surgery. everyone so far that i have heard about having back surgery is no better or worse, so i fear i might be fighting for something i do not want....anybodys comments would be appreciated
Everyone is different

Manchester, KY

#4 Sep 28, 2008
I had a disc break and it cut through a nerve that goes down my leg. My neurosurgeon told me I had no choice but to have surgery, so I did. I am tons better now. I still have daily discomfort and bad days, but all in all, tons better. I suggest you find a great Neurosurgeon, I went to Dr. Tibbs at UK. He is great! He will only do surgery if it is completely necessary and other things have been tried first. Good luck on your decision, it is a hard one.
LexingtonLady

Alliance, OH

#5 Sep 28, 2008
Everyone is different wrote:
I had a disc break and it cut through a nerve that goes down my leg. My neurosurgeon told me I had no choice but to have surgery, so I did. I am tons better now. I still have daily discomfort and bad days, but all in all, tons better. I suggest you find a great Neurosurgeon, I went to Dr. Tibbs at UK. He is great! He will only do surgery if it is completely necessary and other things have been tried first. Good luck on your decision, it is a hard one.
Congratulations on a good result. Hopefully, your spine will not deteriorate and need more work. At least you have a good surgeon.

I have lived in Somerset. I have had spinal surgery in Somerset.........said to say. It was bad surgery with bad results. I had to have the mess revised up in Louisville. The revision was structurally successful but I will live with the nerve damage from the original surgery until the day I die.

If you need spinal surgery, go to a spinal specialist not just a general neurosurgeon who works on anything from the brain on down. I would also recomend having the work done at a major teaching hospital ie UK or U of L.

Insist that your primary doc refer you to a spinal specialist, not one of the local neurosurgeons who he buddies around with. It's your spine and you call the shots on who works on it and where it is done. Best wishes.
been there 4 times

East Bernstadt, KY

#6 Sep 28, 2008
if you are at the point that you just cant take the pain go for it. i was so bad i couldnt get out of bed for over a month. after surgery i was able to get around again i still have major pain and nerve damage but i would do it again if i had to. el-kaliny done my surgery and in my opinion he is one of the best. i dont like his nurse cathy she dosnt have very good bedside manners so to speak.
LexingtonLady

Alliance, OH

#7 Sep 28, 2008
El Kaliny is not a spinal specialist. He is a board certified neurosurgeon. There is a difference. The fact that he has been around quite a while and trained under El Naggar means little to me. Neither one of them had a spinal fellowship.

They also have a problem keeping their billing straight. I once got a bill for an entire operation that one of them did on me.........three years after the fact. Somebody forgot to bill Medicaid until it was too late to collect so the office manager tried to stick me with it. You should have seen the expression on the surgeon's face when I took the bill into him and quietly asked HIM if he thought I owed him anything.

Get a referral to a spinal specialist, somebody who has a fellowship in spinal surgery. You will most likely be worked on by a ortho/neuro "tag team". If the entrance is from the front, you may have a vascular surgeon take them in. The ortho surgeon does the structural work. The neurosurgeon does the nerve decompression.

It won't be anymore expensive than having the local boys do it and you will be getting state of the art training and equipment. It's your spine and your future. Best wishes.

Lexy

Since: Aug 08

United States

#8 Sep 28, 2008
Dr. El Naggar saved my life, along with my back.

I was in bed for six weeks, on my left side with my knees together and slightly bent. This position didn't do away with the pain, but I didn't SCREAM when I laid like that. I took 3 Hydrocodones at a time to manage a couple of hours rest every 4 hours.

I would drink just enough water during the day to take my meds because I couldn't get up by myself to go to the bathroom. My daughter would make sure I had food and water for the day within reach before she went to school. My husband would come home from work, pull me physically from the bed, straight up... and hold a bent coffee can under me. Then I would hang on to him until I could get up the courage to fall back on the bed and writhe in pain until the spasm eased a little.

I know...Sounds gross...TMI... but all true

When I woke up after surgery I was lying on my back. I wept tears of pure joy. It was the least pain I had been in for many months. I walked down the hallway in just a few hours. I had wondered if I would ever walk again.

I do still have some nerve damage, but TRUST ME...it is nothing compared to the pain. And the damage didn't happen due to the surgery, it was a result of the disc tissue pressing against the nerves for so long. I had L5 and S1 corrupted. Both were fused.

Today I drive a truck for a living with my husband and do everything I want to do. The only time I get a twinge is when I'm overly tired.

Dr. El Naggar is the best there is.

Just one story for you to consider.
been there 4 times

East Bernstadt, KY

#9 Sep 28, 2008
LexingtonLady wrote:
El Kaliny is not a spinal specialist. He is a board certified neurosurgeon. There is a difference. The fact that he has been around quite a while and trained under El Naggar means little to me. Neither one of them had a spinal fellowship.
They also have a problem keeping their billing straight. I once got a bill for an entire operation that one of them did on me.........three years after the fact. Somebody forgot to bill Medicaid until it was too late to collect so the office manager tried to stick me with it. You should have seen the expression on the surgeon's face when I took the bill into him and quietly asked HIM if he thought I owed him anything.

Lexy
sorry to hear you had such a bad experience with them. but from my own experience i would recommend them highly.i went from not being able to walk to walking again. sure i still have pain and nerve damage and will have to be medicated the rest of my life but at least the quality of my life is a lil better after the surgeries.
pulling my hair out

Alto, GA

#10 Sep 28, 2008
I have 2 ruptured discs and degenerative disc disorder. I went to Lexington to see Dr. Brooks. I liked him but he told me there is no surgery he will try until it all has to be replaced with a rod in my back. I had my first back surgery at 23 and I am now 32. Dealing with this gets really old. I have been off work for almost the last month and just went this past Thursday to have the nerve nedings burnt on the left side, I go back in 2 weeks to have the right side burnt. Can anyone suggest a Dr. who may have some answers? I went to El-kallini and he said he can't work on that many disc at one that they will blow out resulting in the rod in my back.
Any suggestions or referals would be great.
LexingtonLady

Alliance, OH

#11 Sep 28, 2008
Congratulations on your successful surgery. I know the pain. I have had eight spinal surgeries. El Naggar did three of them. He is not the surgeon who did messed me up. With that much said, it shouldn't be toooo hard to figure out who did.

I still stand by the statement that one stands the best chance of the best result by having the surgery done by a surgeon who has a spinal fellowship. Best wishes.
hmm

Manchester, KY

#12 Sep 28, 2008
lexington lady do you even realize how much expierence dr elnaggar and dr elkalliny have? i think it is unfair of you to say not to go to a neurosurgeon bc they also work on the brain. both of those doctors are amazing and have so much expierence and have saved many lifes and helped so many people. everyone has people that will complain about them, but i have seen so many people who couldnt hardly move before and now they are doing wonderful! they are amazing back and brain surgeons. there are people who come from all over to see them even though they are NEUROSURGEONS and not spine specialists as you say.
LexingtonLady

Alliance, OH

#13 Sep 28, 2008
Yes, I am aware of the combined experience these two fine men have. Both have worked on me.

Pulling my hair out said it all when El Kalliny said he could not do it. What she requires is legions above his level of training.

I would ask my primary doc for a referral to Dr. Roque in Louisville, spinal neurosurgeon. He tag teams with John Dimar spinal orthopedic. Dimar's sub-sub specialty is repairing bone cancer of the spine. If he can't rebuild it, it can't be rebuilt. See Roque first. He is the warm fuzzy of the two. The one you see first, takes the lead and is the one you deal with face to face. Dimar is a real prima dona but when my spine crashes, there isn't anyone else that I want to rebuild it. Best wishes.

Lexy
mindy

Manchester, KY

#14 Sep 28, 2008
Elkalliny done my surgery, pinch nerve and compacted disc. I was in bed on and off for months. Lived on pain pills and muscle relaxers. He was excellant with me, not very good bed side manners, but excellant surgern. Would recommend him to anyone. After my surgery was back on my feet in no time. I thank God for guiding his hand.
justme

Corbin, KY

#15 Sep 29, 2008
i thank all for their comments thus far.... having surgery might just be a pipe dream for me because i have no insurance. i am fighting for it right now and but scared of the results if i do have the surgery...thanks again for all the input
LexingtonLady

Alliance, OH

#16 Sep 29, 2008
I think everyone here, regardless of who their surgeon of choice is, will agree that surgery is a last choice and should not be entered into lightly. Have a good long talk with your primary doc about PT and other non invassive treatments that might reduce your pain levels. Sometimes it can be avoided and if that is the case, it should be. Best wishes.

Lexy

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