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A 55-year-old female asked:

nerve damage spine had neck surgery 2008 in 2009 had huge back surgery cut me across my stomach i never been the same i am so numb test show l1-l5 .

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Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Sorry to hear.: Sounds like a very complicated situation. I am sure you were in a significant amount of pain as few would select such large surgeries. Unfortunately, the larger spine surgeries with multiple levels of involvement have less predictable results. Confirm nerve damage with a neurologist. Get tested to see if the goal of the orginal surgery has been achieved.
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 16 years experience
Sorry to hear that: Typically, if there is any nerve damage, you will have to live with it, as it likely going to stay with you. Get emg/ncs ; evaluate if there is nerve damage. See a spine surgeon for evaluation. He/she will ensure there is no compressive pathology existing in your spine. If things are well decompressed, then no surgery will be recommended. Dorsal column stimulation may offer help in some patients.

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Last updated May 13, 2014

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