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Looks like I will be joining the Dec. surgery list.

Met with my surgeon again and it doesn't sound good.

He has performed 2 discectomys/laminectomys on my L5-S1 and removed as much pedicle bone as possible without making my spine unstable. I've completed the Med-X physical therapy program and jave had epidural injections and i still have horrible back pain along with some sciatica and toe numbness.

Seems my only option is a fusion now. I'm 28 years old so my surgeon wanted to exhausr all options before having to perform the fusion which he says he can do minimally invasely, he thinks he can get me out of the hospital in 3-4 Days

I'm in the process of getting a second opinion but I'm 80% sure the. Surgery is in my future. The original surgeon I saw recommend a fusion due to my chronic low back pain and my line of work, saying it would only be a matter of time. My disc still has good thickness but is totally dehydrated and black on my mri's. I also have stenosis to complicate things further.


  • Come on over to the December surgery buddies thread - we're a friendly group. It's good that you exhausted your other options, especially since you're so young. Are you having an anterior or posterior approach? How are your other levels? At least if the surgery is only at L5-S1 I understand that loss of flexibility won't be much of an issue as with higher levels.

    Let us know how you're doing.

    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • and was in the hospital for 2 nights and 3 days. The hip and leg pain that I had before the surgery is gone. Nerves are waking up now though so its quite unfomfortable. Anyway my doc said I shouldn't have too many issues with mobility since I had a single level fusion and that it was done on the area of the spine that moves the least amount. I also exhausted all conservative treatments before the surgery. I am 32. Good luck with whatever you decide.

    Single level L5/S1 360 fusion with 6 screws and a rod (10/29/12)
    Diagnosis: Grade 1-2 spondylolithesis, Pars Defect, L5/S1 disc tear anterior and posterior, DDD, spinal stenosis
  • Karen, I believe my surgeon was talking about going int through the sides? The date has not yet been set since I told him I wanted to talk things over with my wife before I agreed on it. After talking to her I decided to get it done (already have my out of pocket maxed out this year so it will cost me nothing) I called his surgery scheduler who in turn has to let my Dr. know I'm going to go ahead with it so he can put in the orders and then put it through insurance to make sure they will pay for it.

    Once I find out for sure I will have another few appointments I'm sure to talk about things. He talked about going in and only using a couple screws so I'm interested in seeing how he intends to secure things. Also he says my others levels are in really good shape which should make recovery a bit easier as well.

  • Done through the side (L2-L4 Fusion) with a 'small' incision in the back to place rods and screws.

    Tomorrow's my 'big' day!!!

    XLIF 2-4 on 11-20-2012
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