Hello all, My name is Paul, Back in May of 2007 while at work(I am a Police Officer) I injured myself, I blew out L4/5 and had a positive discogram at L5/S1. My Neurosurgeon is going to do the following bilateral laminectomy facetectomy at L4/L5 L5/S1 and a Interbody T/Lif at L4/5 L5/S1 levels, Pedicle screws and rods L4 thru S1 levels. Lateral mass Fusion and BMP augmentation.
I am 38 years old and hope with the surgery i will not be in the pain that i am constantly in, Low back pain, Shooting down both legs to right behind the knees, Saddle pain is the worst. It has taken 2 years for the Ohio BWC to allow both fusions, They only wanted to let the Surgeon fuse me at L4/L5...This Monday the 24th i have an appointment with the Surgeon, This is the first appt i have had with him in over a year as we were all waiting for the BWC crap, I have a few questions i hope someone can help me with....
1. What can i expect at the appt on Monday, How long out do they usually schedule surgeries?
2. What kind of recovery time am i looking at ?
3. What kind of quality of life can i expect after a double fusion?
4. The surgery is not what scares me it is the thought of going under anesthesia that scares me.....Thanks for any information you can provide me on these questions.....Paul