hoping to get some honest and realistic feedback... I have been miserable with back pain for the past 3.5 years and have been told by a number of surgeons that I need surgery (Fusion at l5-s1 with hardware). I have spondylilosthesis and spondilolysis, and herniated disc at l5-s1. In addition, I have terrible sciatica on the right side and developped Sacroillitis on the right side.
I have tried most conservative treatments- ie: pr, accupuncture, a variety of medications, countless epidurals, transforaminal esi and si joint injections, but had minimal and temporary relief.
I am trying desperately to avoid a fusion as I have been told by many who have had them that they regret it!!!
I also keep meeting people with multiple sugeries and I am worried about this.
I wouldn't be too scared of the decompression but they will only do it in conjunction with the fusion
I am not sure if i have many options left.
I have a few questions:
Has anyone (with spondy) tried laser surgery and had any good / bad experiences?
Has anyone used a spinal cord stimulator for sciatica pain as an alternative to fusion? what were the results?
If the fusion with harware, how was the recovery? Are you happy you did it? My ns told me the pain could last for 12 to 15 months!!! IS this your experiece?
How long will I need help to basic things? I have a 3 year old and would need to get help .
i know i am asking a ton of questions but i really need to make a decision..
i appreciate your thoughts.