Can't believe I am 3 weeks post-op today. Feel much better, practically human. I'm walking about a mile 2 or 3 times a day and taking it easy otherwise. Prior to surgery I was told I would have decompression/laminectomiy and TLIF at L4-L5 with instrumentation due to massive herniation and spondylolesthesis. I've stated previously that I was surprised that my incision was so long (8"). I received the surgical report yesterday and am a little taken aback by the amount of work that was done. Who can help me intrepret? I think I get it but I'm too impatient to wait until I see my surgeon in 3 weeks.
The report states:
Decompressive laminectomies at L3, L4, and L5 - I get this.
Dural tear at L3-L5. Oops
Herniated disc removed at L4-L5.
TLIF spacer placed at L4-L5.
Six pedicle screws used.
Transition rod used with dynamic portion at L3-L4 and static portion at L4-L5.
Bilateral posterolateral fusion performed at L4-L5 and L5-S1 using local bone graft and new bone allograft.
I've done a lot of reading/research before and since the surgery but I'm a tad confused about what was actually done as far as what what fused and how. Anybody willing to take a stab at it? I know. None of us are doctors.
I can't wait to see my x-rays!!!!