I am a 60 year old male, verry athletic in my younger days. Over last 20 years have had 4 lumbar disectomies/laminectomies starting @ L-5 - S-1, up thru L2-3. I guess they call it DDD AND Failed Back-Surgery syndrome. I now suffer with constant back pain under the belt and upper buttoks, but, thankfully, little or no sciatica. I have no loss of strength and no substantial nerve loss....BUT the lower back pain is unrelenting. I cannot stand and/or walk very far. I went to Mayo Clinic, Rochester and after exhaustive testing & consultation, they want to do a four level fusion, using ( state-of-the-art?) 3 incisions: lower abdomen, side & back.
I'd like to hear from ANYONE who has had a 4 level fusion with my type of symptoms.