I am scheduled for my 5th spinal surgery on 11/18. This surgery will be a decompression of the facet joint @ L4/L5 to remove a lumbar facet synovial cyst which is impinging the nerve root @ L4/L5. I had decompression, fusion & instrumentation in 1999 to correct a spinal fracture at L5/S1 and grade I spondylolisthesis. In 2008 I had revision surgery to correct the failed fusion surgery I had in 1999. I had both PLIF & ALIF within a week of each other. In 04/11 I had decompression surgery @ L4/L5 to correct severe stenosis.
Has anyone ever had facet decompression? I am wondering what the recovery was like. I understand that it is BIG surgery as it is the most active level as far as movement of the spine goes and the fusion puts tremendous stress on the level above (L3/L4) it. My surgeon said it will be the worst for me "so far". He expects that I will be in the OR several more times over the years. Thrilled.
I also have severe osteoporosis which was discovered after the 2008 surgeries. 730 daily injections of Forteo into my stomach and now an annual infusion of Reclast. So far, treatment has done nothing for the osteoporosis.