The technical name for my surgery. I have heard a few different names, but I don't know what it's actually called.
They went in through the front, and did a radical discectomy at L4-L5 (the entire disc, because I herniated it twice), through about a 6 inch incision. They screwed in plastic cages with BMP. Then from the back through 4 incisions, they put in the 4 screws and 2 rods. Two incisions at the top are an inch each, and then I have two 3 inch diagonal incisions at the bottom. They used staples in the back and internal stitches in the front. My first surgery they did the MicroD a little to the right of my spine, so I don't know if that's why she did the bottom incisions for my fusion diagonally, but I haven't found anything through search engines about it. And it isn't laproscopic, or the incisions wouldn't be 3 inches each...The only reason they didn't have to make one incision in the middle is because they already removed the disc and inserted the cages from the front... So there is no need to. Combining all 4 of my back incisions together, it's about 8 inches, which is pretty much like breaking up a regular PLIF incision into 4 pieces, Lol. SO, I don't really know what the deal is. Lol. I just want to know what it's called. People ask me all the time (in reality, not message board world haha), and I don't know what to tell them without having to explain... Which gets old. I'd LOVE to find just a regular old simple term.
I would appreciate any input. I don't mean this in a rude way at all, but if the only input you have is "ask your doctor" then please just don't bother replying. While I do appreciate and respect the suggestions and replies of others, something like that is a given. I'm not dumb, I know I can ask my doctor. And when I see her next month, I plan to ask her. Lol. But in the meantime, I just wanted to see if anyone else knew, and asking can't hurt.