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    Surgery scheduled

    By Derek | August 11, 2019

    I will be going for surgery on Monday, Aug 12th, and will spend 2-3 days in the hospital. There will be a 3 to 6 week recovery period.

    As you [may] know, I’ve had back issues for some time. A couple of years ago, I had a really bad episode and was down (bedridden) for about 4 weeks. Last October another episode happened, and I was down for about 3 weeks.

    Since October, it has only gotten worse, and recently, it’s gotten much worse, despite the fact that I have been treated, and have had physical therapy, and have lost weight.

    Since about 2 weeks ago, I have numbness in my left leg constantly, as well as occasional numbness in my right leg, which makes it difficult to walk even short distances, or exercise.

    I have elected to take spine surgery, as my back issues are not getting any better.

    The plan is perform a laminectomy [1] from L1-L5 and a spinal fusion [2] between L3 and L4.

    [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laminectomy

    [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinal_fusion

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