I had a follow up appointment with my spine (orthopedic) surgeon yesterday. To say the least I am stunned. He wants to do a complete lumbar fusion. If I understood right (and I just realized I will have to clarify this) he would fuse L1/L2-L4/5 and stabilize with rods and screws. I have severe disc degeneration and basically the centeral canal space at L4/L5 is almost completely closed. I could clearly see it on the MRI. I also have some scoliosis and level 1 spondylolisthesis at L4/L5
I went to the appointment ready to schedule surgery, and I knew it would be a multilevel surgery but I was stunned that it will be so extensive. At his suggestion I will make an appointment with a scoliosis surgeon in his group. Tomorrow I have an appointment with my PCP and plan to get other opinions. Because I live in a rural area, I am half way between two small cities with medical centers, so all of these appointments involve an hours long drive.
The surgeon says he does these types of surgeries regularly including on people older than I am (70) and has really new state of the art equipment. He would do the surgery himself although he says there would be lots of people in the room helping. It would be an 8 hour surgery.
I really don't want to hear any negative comments about this surgery but I would love to hear from anybody who has had such an extensive fusion especially people over 60. Thanks