I am almost 4 weeks PLIF L5, S1 fusion and have so many questions.
After my laminectomy surgery didn't provide any relief from my leg pain, my only choices were really another laminectomy or a fusion. So, I got a fusion. I'm happy with my choice because I'm feeling pretty good and not a lot of pain, but now I concerned about my other discs because I don't know why my L5 disc was severely degenerated and my other discs are normal. It doesn't make sense to me.
Also, what am I waiting to be fused in a L5, S1 fusion? How can there be a 1 level fusion? I'm confused.
I trust my doctor, but I didn't ask a whole lot of questions at my appointments other than "will this take care of my pain" and "how long is the recovery". I didn't ask specific questions about why and how I got this way.