Hi all. I am new to this website and only wish I had found it years ago. I really enjoy reading the posts and learning new information.
I had a TLIF level L5-S1 in May 2008. Here it is one year later and I am still having lots of nerve pain down my left leg, crushing sensation in my left foot, toes. The surgery did decrease my back pain. I just saw my neurosurgeon and I am not 100% fused yet????? It has been one year and I am really depressed because he now wants to do an exploratary to find out if there is nerve impinchment due to the hardware/screws or BMP. I DO NOT WANT THIS because I know this will create more scar tissue leading to more pain. My recent discogram on the L4-L5 and L3-L4 level show herniation but the MD could not produce enough pain to justify extending my fusion. (thank GOD)
I dont know what to do. I am fearful of yet another surgery, but there could be something he could find. Maybe the BMP is overgrowing, maybe a screw is loose( just like me).
Has anyone had a situation similiar to mine? Any suggestions.
9/05- Laminectomy/disectomy L5-S1 with 4 bone spurs removed.
11/06 - Laminectomy/discetomy L5-S1
5/08 - TLIF with BMP and my own bone
I also have moderte herniation L4-L5 and mild bulge at L3-L4.
Moderate spinal stenosis