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L5S1 Fusion x2

Jacqueline01JJacqueline01 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a L5S1 Fusion Sept 2010 and have had insufficient bone growth. 1st surgeon want to do an ALIF, but will not address my continued leg pain. 2nd opinion wants to do a PLIF again, but harvest bone from my hip this time in hopes that my spine will fuse. Is there more of a risk with a 2nd surgery? Anyone know what the recovery time would be the 2nd time around? Thanks for any help you can give.


  • Hi,

    I have not had exactly the same problem as you, but I did have 2 fusions in 7 months. First L4/L5 since the vertebrae was slipping and causing pain and weakness. The L1-L5 since my spine started to collapse. The screws were taken out of L4/L5 and I had a bone graft from my hip this time. I am good at growing bone so the fusion is solid. The bone graft is the worst part tho. The recovery from it takes longer than the surgery. Its been 3 years and it is still painful. My recovery the 2nd time really wasn't much different since I was still recovering from the first one!! So it was just a continuation. The surgeon went in thru the same incision and it didn't look any different than if he had done just one. However when it came time for my 3rd fusion last march (L5/S1) I wished he had put a zipper in!! Good luck and keep us posted.

    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.
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