Hi, I am new here. I had a fusion at L-4, L-5, S-1. I am in great health and was told to expect complete recovery in 3-6 months and that pain after procedure will be 1/2 that of present. Pain was and still is greater than pre-surgery. Surgeon says fusion is good but post operative pain as well as pain from therapy and normal activity is increasing. I went to another surgeon that stated after ct scan that hardware was loose and the fusion did not take. Second surgeon told first surgeon his findings and first surgeon then agreed that fusion was a failure. It is now 7 months post surgery and I now must wear a custom made brace and a bone stimulator 24/7. Since first surgeon was a little off on his post operative diagnosis, I was looking for the second surgeon to take care of me. He said directly that.."I don't want to be caught in the middle!". What this means, I don't know. I just want to get better and am having a hard time finding a doctor in the NS/LIJ system that wants to get involved. It seems they all know each other. The second surgeon knew the first surgeon when he was a resident.
People ask why not go to Manhattan? I have become less and less ambulatory making it difficult to travel. I just want some advice from someone who had or knows someone that has had a similar experience and maybe knows a good doctor that doesn't care who the previous ones were. THANKS!