I am scheduled for surgery on June 5.
I hope to keep up a diary through this process, maybe using blogger to share my experience. I try to practice mindfulness everyday in every way so I want to be an observer of all things interesting and exciting about the 21st century process of back surgery.
My doctor plans to do a 4 level fusion. He will start with L4/5 and totally fix it before moving up the ladder. L4/5 is by far the worst (the vertebral central canal is basically closed). He plans to try to fix all four levels in one surgery if I can tolerate it it.
This will be decompression and fixing with rods and screws and then the addition of bone graft. In his notes of our visit (which I can access online) he mentions off label infuse as a possibility. I have read tons of posts on this site about infuse and have a list of questions to ask him about that.
I tend to get little or no response when I post on these forums, perhaps because I am so much older than the average. Or maybe I just don't have the online social skills. Who knows?