Hi guys. I'm still here and still dealing with the painful results of my PLIF which was done Nov. 2008. I'm now just about at a 2 year mark. I was doing my stretches a few weeks ago and felt something "move" in my lower surgical area and than was in terrible pain. My pain doc has ordered a new MRI with contrast. It's being done next week and I see my pain doc shortly after.
But here's the weird thing. I called the nuerosurgeon that my pain doc recommended to see if I could go ahead and schedule a visit for a second opinion based on my old and new MRI (he is fairly well known and I imagined I'd have to wait for a few months to see him.) His nurse said that he rarely will see a fused person like me until at least 3 years out from surgery. She did say that he will look at MRI's and will see me if he "thinks" he can do anything for me. If he does, then he will see me before the 3 year mark. Is that standard operating procedure on "failed back" second opinions? I guess it saves him alot of time "prescreening" patients, eh?