Has anyone had a minimally Invasive Fusion? I am scheduled for Nov. 16, 2009. I have grade 2 spondylolisthesis. The slippage has turned the disc above L5 vertical and at the neural formina there is no opening that is visible on MRI.
Here's the plan. Remove disc and use a cage, pull spine to
normal position (or best possible) use rods and screws to secure. "broad based bulge L4 and L5 disc and bone spur
will be taken care of. and removal of bone around nerve
Surgery will have 2 small incisions and take about 1 1/2 hours. Hospital is overnight stay unless there is complications. I will be up walking same day as surgery.
Surgeon is fellowship trained and has done hundreds and hundreds of these. I do not have to give blood. I'm told no blood loss.
I'm worried about the log roll. How do you do it? And what
happens if you can't keep your back straight? Is fusion
effected even with rods and screws?