Hi. I have posted only a few times but read almost every day. On 12/19/09 I had an ALIF cadaver bone, plate, cage and screws L4/L5. Pain never got any better in my back but I got horrific pain in my left leg as an added bonus!
Original NS said you need to go to PM and get a neurostim implanted but I decided to get another opinion before..
Saw an OS who did flexion xrays and a CT and found that the fusion never took. Why the NS didnt see this or "say" he saw it I dont even want to know or even care at this point.
OS is using bone from my hip and rods.
My questions are:
What do they do with the screws plate and cage from the first surgery? Can they remove them posteriorly?
Can/will they use the same incision in my back that they did the laminectomy through?
What holds the bone from my hip inplace?
I am making myself physically sick from thinking about this. I have never had this fear of anything but knowing how awful it was the first time is all I can think about!!
Thanks for reading and hoping someone can answer my ??'s