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Double level fusion L4-5 LS1

jenfabjjenfab Posts: 56
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I just came back from an appt. w/ my surgeon and am going to be having a fusion at the levels listed in my subject line. He said I will have two different incision sites...One in the front and one in the back. Is this normal? I am scared to death...I went in there hoping for a double disc replacement...but see now that is so not feasable due to insurance coverage etc.
Any info or experiences would be great. I pray to god I am doing the right thing...but am in so much everyday pain, I cant see it getting much worse.
My recent discogram really showed my discs are severly degenerated and have grade 5 tears in both.
Thanks for any info.


  • Maybe you could have fusion at L5-S1 and adr at L4-5.
  • I'm so sorry to hear you're still in pain after two discectomies. Dang! Fusion is not for the faint of heart, but they do tell me that you eventually recover from it. I had three levels done last November and am still very stiff and sore, but I'd have to say that the intense pain I suffered pre-surgery is largely gone. I was hardy and active before my surgery, but now I must weigh everything by, "will doing this hurt my back?" You must be prepared to avoid lifting, reaching, twisting, bending, etc., as folks with a fusion (especially a multi-level) are constantly at risk for damaging the discs above or below their fusion site (yours would be all above).

    So, yes, the fusion will probably help to stop the majority of your extreme pain, but you must be prepared for a long recovery and you must be prepared for being careful with your spine for the rest of your life. I wish you the very best.


    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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