Morning y'all! I want to see if anyone knows about this. Here's the back story, so to speak. I had an L5-S1 PLIF in Nov '09. It never fused and now I'm going to have to get that repaired. I'm seeing the orthopedic dep't at Washington Univ. School of Medicine in St Louis. They contacted me Monday and proposed a revision surgery. It will be a '2 stage' surgery. Now, I'm not really sure of the order of this, but here's I what understand..on April 5th, they'll go in from the front and remove the failed fusion material from L5-S1, remove my bulged L4-L5 disc and maybe the L3-l4 disc. Then on the 8th,they'll go in and remove the old hardware and reinstall new screws and rods for a two or three level fusion. This will be using autograft bone, they say. Sounds hairy to me!
Anyone experience or know about surgeries being broken up over two days like that? April ain't far off, and I'm nervous. I'm taking a deep breath and counting to ten to calm down.
Mahalo & Aloha,