Deciding to undergo back surgery is not easy for anybody. Doctors will attempt to treat their patients in the most conservative way before recommending even minimally invasive back surgery for conditions like spinal stenosis or herniated discs. But when doing basic tasks of your daily life, like caring for your children, becomes unbearable, surgery may be the gift that truly gives you back your life. This was the case for a young mother in Britain who was first afflicted with sciatica during the third trimester of her pregnancy with her second child
According to the UK’s Yorkshire Post, Eleanor Copeland was in such excruciating pain after she gave birth to Barney, she couldn’t even hold him, much less care for 3 year old brother Felix. To get around she needed a wheelchair thanks to the overwhelming sciatica pain down her left leg and in her back. She said, “I was practically bedridden for six weeks and was prescribed morphine by my doctor to manage the pain. It was so bad I could not walk and had to crawl out of bed to use the bathroom.” When she was finally diagnosed with a prolapsed, or herniated disc, minimally invasive back surgery was scheduled.
She experienced immediate pain relief upon waking up from her microdiscectomy procedure. The minimally invasive back surgery took 45 minutes and was performed with the aid of a surgical microscope through a tiny incision the size of a keyhole. The portion of herniated disc that was pressing on the affected nerve was removed. Eleanor was delighted to finally be able to enjoy new baby Barney and get back to her daily activities.
While it is certainly never a good idea to rush into surgery, it is also important to avoid unnecessarily prolonging a person’s pain and misery, or under treating an injury that might cause further neurological harm. Fortunately minimally invasive back surgery is a highly successful procedure for treating sciatica, which can orgiginate more often than many people realize during pregnancy!