I recently posted about a week ago with the title "FREAKING out... Scheduled for a 7-22-11 surg for cages inserted between L4- S1 and then fusion with rods and screws at the same levels. I have also done a year of aggressive pain management. My current pain maagement doctor has done several nerve blocks (steroidal with phentanol), lumbar denervation, transforaminal block yesterday and in 2 days another transforaminal and a caudal lysis (ablation). Has anyone had the ablation where they work under and around the existing scar tissue from prior 2 level fusions? Any down sides? Any and all info, good and bad, is what I need to help decide whether I should let the doctor do it. My surgeon is against it, but, I believe the aneasthesiologist just wants to help me become more comfortable to avoid surgery. I don't think that is realistic because I have an extremely messed up back and although if lucky we could manage the pain, it still doesn't correct the underlying problem of 2 bad discs that need to be repalced with cages and slipped vertibrea (Grade II spondy) that has become more unstable in the past year. Please give me any guidance friends!!! Because I am starting to get very depressed because after going out for 2 hours a day, I rush home and lay in bed to get comfy from 1:00 until I go to bed and I am sooooo bored and feeling that my life is on hold and that I am not really living at all.
Thanks in advance for your advice!!