Hello, I was wondering if anybody has had problems with their facet joints? I had a 2 level ADR in September '06 at L3/L4, L4/L5 and later had to have devices removed due to migration of the devices. I ended up with a 360 degree two level fusion at L3/L4 L4/L5 back in 05/07. I recently, found out from my Doc that my facet joint on the right side of L5/S1 was degenerating. He said that part of the facet had collapsed onto some nerves which is why I have still been having leg pain. About 5 weeks ago, I had two facet joint injections on either side of the joint and got about a 50% reduction in my level of pain which lasted about two weeks. I am scheduled at the end of October to have a fusion of my L5/S1 to correct this problem. Also, my Doc said that since he has to do the fusion and will already be in my spine, that he will remove the hardware that can be removed from my fusion at L3/L4 L4/L5 levels.
Has anybody had fusion surgery to correct facet joint problems? If so, was it sucessful? I am hoping that the saying "The third time is a charm" works for me.
Any information anyone can provide is much appreciated. Thanks!