Hi, I am new to the forum. I have been doing some reading and it seems there are some knowledgable people here so I would like to ask a question. I had a microdisectomy on 01/04/12 at L5 S1. When the surgeon finished the surgery he said it was worse than he expected and had to remove the entire disk. The surgeon said that the vertebrae would eventually come together and potentially fuse by themselves.
I am now 5 month post surgery. I have been doing well and working hard at physical therapy. My pain is manageable but still feel like getting out of the front seat of a car accident every morning I get out of bed. I have been able to start playing golf again. I have been happy with my recovery for the most part.
I just had an X-ray of my back to see what movement there has been in my vertebrae. I was surprised to see there was still a large gap between the two vertebrae. My question is do the Vertebrae have to come together to be healed? Can my Vertebrae just float or does there have to be a bone on bone outcome or fusion. The thought of going through another back surgery and especially a fusion scares me. I can live with my current condition but I am getting conflicting advice.