Hoping someone could give me some input on a 3 level fusion of the lumbar spine, L3-L4, L4-L5, L5-S1. I am just 35 years old,and have been dealing with all this for 5 or six years. I went through a microdiscectomy of my L3-L4 and L5-S1 back in December of 06. Both of the discs have reherniated. Constant low back pain and shooting pain down both legs. In the past it was just my right leg that was affected, now both are in pain. just talked to my surgeon yesterday. He says its up to me to decide when ive had enough of the suffering, and go through the 3 level fusion process. Wanted to try some artificial disc implants, but my insurance still considers it experimental and wont cover it.
If anybody that has gone through this procedure and would be willing to share there experience with me, I would be so gratefull. Doc says it could take around a year to recover from this op. Im so scared of making the decision to do this procedure. Ive been told it has a low success rate, wich scares me to death. Im to young to be thinking of this!!! Thanks for any info I may recieve from this post.
Thanks for listening