I've been reading this site for a while now, since receiving the news from a first doc then a second that a spinal fusion at S1-L5 is recommended. I am very scared, but need to get rid of this pain. When I cough or sneeze I have to brace myself for the pain. I can't lift my to her carseat. So many of you have gone through these same feelings.
I just wanted to say hi and thank everybody out there who have gone through this pain and these operations for sharing your feelings and experiences. It has helped me to deal with my own pain and fear.
I am having ALIF in a couple weeks, with instrumentation and synthetic bone graft material. My doctor recommended only the S1-L5 level at this time since I am young. Even though L4-L5 is also degenerating and will probably need an operation in the future.
Have any of you gone through a single level fusion like this knowing that you may need another in 10-15 years? I hope that by then artificial disks will be more available to us in the US, and that our insurance system will allow these technologies.
I'm really scared about this operation.