Need your opinion on this. Hope you can help, especially if you've had any type of lumbar fusion or done the research.
I'm planning on a second back surgery. Need to have L4-S1 fused. The discs will be removed completely. Then, they will fixate with the usual hardware on the back (posterior)
Should I also have hardware installed on the front (anterior)? I'm getting different opinions from different surgeons.
One doc recommends a 360 circumferential fusion with hardware on the front.
Another says that he doesn't install the front hardware anymore. A major artery runs through there, may rub against or attach to the hardware. After the surgery the artery would rupture, patients would bleed out and die.
Anyone heard of this? Have you had the front hardware? What were your results as far as pain?
Thanks to everyone for sharing your experiences and just being yourselves. On a bad pain day, it's comforting to lurk here, reminding myself that I'm not alone with this. Keeps things in perspective. On a good day, I'm a bit more vocal.