I had a TLIF L4-5 fusion in Sept. 2011 and continued to have chronic pain. I was advised by my NS after several MRI's, CT, Epidural blocks that I needed to have a second surgery due to complications from the first surgery. I trusted my NS and had the second surgery Aug. 3, 2011. My NS said he found a large amount of scar tissue, bone fragaments, overgrown ligaments and the original fusion had not completely fused so he basically did a Micro. The day after the second surgery I felt great and was walking up and down the hospital hall ways. I am now wearing a Spinalogic Donjoy BGS and was wondering if anyone has experienced "bathroom trots" due to this? I was instructed to wear it for 30 mins a day and have not missed a day. 17 days post op, I am up to walking 7 miles. I feel the second surgery has fixed my back problem. I still have some pain but I feel like it is surgical pain and not the back pain I experienced before. I have lived with back pain for several years and feel better than I have in a long time. I am so ready to go back to work but I feel like I went back to soon after the first surgery and it could have lead to the second surgery.
After the first fusion, I felt my life had been turned upside down and thought I would never be the same again. So far so good.