This past October I had a two level discectomy/laminectomy. I had many years of back issues that can be read on my signature. The surgery went well with a moderately tough recovery. (I was reading Kelly's post and my recovery was more realistic of 3 weeks being a lesser procedure, even after returning to work from that was tough... Best of luck Kelly!) This procedure as a lot of you know is to treat pain from your waist down.
Things were going well except for dealing with post op issues of course pain, for me weight loss and fatiuge were issues. In my preop profile picture youll see me acting vain, , lol a back sugery can fix being vain and bring you down to earth after shedding 20 pounds.
The sugery went well, 3 weeks after my leg pain was gone and for 8 weeks life was better. Then it all came back with a vengeance. I went back to the doctor and was off for an MRI with resolution. Four weeks later went back for the results and really thought it would go like "well, you have some scar tissue from the sugery and we're going to give it some time and remove it orthoscpoically".
Then I realized I don't have one of those fancy plaques on my wall and was devastated when I was told the amount of failure in my discs had excelerated from the my last MRI in September. Alarmingly enough to say waiting for a two level fusion was not an option. My doctor does not like doing fusions or at least in my case (want to keep others positive) he has always been of the opinion to go as far as you can then do it. Always understood it was to happen but down the road! Now the opinion is I shouldnot wait. Never of course discussed the possibility that the previous surgery could have triggered it. You remove disc, it has a potential of risk. Kind of like Jenga right?
So I'm told that they are submitting a request for a two level fusion at L5/S1 and L4/L5. The bottom being a traditional fusion then the upper L4/L5 using a mechanical. There is alot of debate about mechanical, we'll see. I've asked for two years from the doctor to prep mentally, physically and get things in order for work. Also of course to make sure this is what is best.
Question (finally:)...Have any other of you fellow spineys lived out a scenario like this, an unplanned surgery after a recent surgery?
Thanks to all for reading this far and another big thanks to AlexHurting and TamTam for being such great listeners for myself and the many others, thx guys!
Weight room accident at 18. Had compression fracture and was paralyzed for month until ruptured spinal column healed. At 37 did all the epidurals/blocks. At 38 had two level open lami and Discectomy. At 39 (Sept 2012) had two level ALIF L4-S1 fusion.