I have had 2 laminectomy surgeries at L4 L5 over the past 3 years. Several other back surgeries as well but this question is for the L4 L5 area. I am to have a L4L5 fusion done on Dec 3rd. I am concerned as nothing to this point has worked or helped my pain. My last surgery was October of 2010 and in the recovery room the surgeon and another doctor came to talk to me asking for permission to go back in and fuze my back together. I refused at that time and was OK with the pain levels I have had for years. I just turned 43 in August of this year and the pain I have been experiencing is unbearable. I have passed out from the pain on several occasions and get nauseated from time to time from the pain level.
When I went to talk to this Neurosurgeon that is at the same hospital that my wife works at, came highly recommended as one that isn't one to go straight to surgery. He told me after looking at my MRIs that I needed surgery as soon as I can have it done. Well, I was a bit freaked out thinking I might have other options to try. I have tried most everything in the past with no luck, but was hoping not to have surgery again. The disk is completely gone at L4 L5 and the vertebrae are sitting on top of each other grinding away as he put it.
Looking for advise on the surgery what to expect and how soon can I get back to my so called normal life. I just retired at 42 and started another business up. I don't want to be limited to what I can do if I do have the back surgery and not be able to travel and work with the charities that I help out with.
Thanks for listening to me ramble. Pain level is very high right now, and I don't use pain meds because I have reactions to most meds.