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Isn't healthier the better before surgery the best option? ADVICE PLEASE!!!

hend0383hhend0383 Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
In 1989 I had a discectomy on L5S1 and now the warranty has worn off the surgery. My L5S1 are now bone on bone and deteriorating (basically crushing each other) I have pain which is occasionally extreme and dibilatating however I am able to function. I have continuous numbness in my left leg for the entire length and back pain almost continuously. The pain is also present now on the right side on a greater number of occasions.

My question: Would it not be best to have spinal fusion L5S1 now while I am extremely healthy and in shape before I deteriorate with continual pain and loss of function?

My Doctor told me that I could live with it or have fusion... I am leaning toward fusion earlier than later...

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you


  • In listening to you you are in pain but can function (define function!!). I have had 3 fusions in the past 4 years, each one because of a different cause but with a lot of pain. I opted for each of them because the pain went away. I would seriously consider the surgery and eventually being pain free (after the recovery). Of course being in good health is always a plus for surgery. My experience with L5/S1 is that the weakness,pain and numbness just gets worse (my experience). I am fused L1 to S1 now with my spine bolted to my pelvis. Its better than not knowing if you can stand on your leg when you get up or are walking. I would always go with the better long run experience. Especially if you think you may have to have it later. Get rid of the pain now!! Good luck.


    Spinal stenosis, spondolysis, spondolythesis, L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion with instrumentation and bone graft from hip, L1/S1 fusion with replacement disc put in and a nice bolt from my spine to my pelvis; PT, accupuncture, prolotherapy, many cortisone injections, 4 rhizotomies. Currently on tramadol.
    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
  • Being healthy is always a bonus when facing any surgery. It not only helps the recovery go smoother, but can even have an influence on the overall outcome/success of the surgery.

    Spine surgery is very demanding of the body's resources when it comes to healing. Any leg up that you can give it, is a plus.

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