Had L5 S1 fusion in 2006. I have had chronic back and sciatic nerve pain from day one post op. The surgeon said that the cage on the right side had slipped causing pressure on the nerve. He wanted to go back in and repair it but told me that the second surgery was more risky with no gaurantees of success. I declined to have the second surgery and he agreed to keep me on pain meds.
2 years ago the meds (of course) were no longer cutting the pain enough so back to the surgeon I went. This time I was ready to consider the 2nd surgery. He informed me that a 2nd surgery at this point was impossible as the scar tissue had built up to much and the risk of paralyzing me was to great. He then dropped me like a hot potato and sent me to a pain clinic which proceded to take away my pain meds.
2 years later, I take Neurontin (small dosage) and Robaxin (at night) and no narcotics (the pain is horrible most days). I talked to my family doctor and she sent me for an MRI and then to an Orthopedic surgeon.
Yesterday (1-7-13) I was told that while it would be a rough surgery and there were no gaurantees, that it could and should be done. He showed me the MRI and explained that the position of the cage was not only not where it was suppose to be, but that it was no where near where it should be. It was in fact crushing the nerve and he was amazed (yes he used that word) that I had been walking around like this for 6 years. He also said that the "risk of paralyzing me" statement was pretty much not true.
So, what he wants to do is go back in (through the back) and remove the cage and anything else that is not correct, then reinsert it. He will have to go through a lot of scar tissue and as he said "wade through the muck and mire" to release the nerve and relieve the pressure.
He told me there were no gaurantees and that I could come out no better then I am right now, but on the other hand I was only 46 and this could change my life.
I am tired of living in pain, I am single and have no choice but to work (thank you God that I am still able) with the pain. I am exhausted, tired and sick of this life of pain.
Has anyone had any experience with this type of repair surgery? Any advice, thoughts or suggestions would be great. THanks for listening and Gods healing on all of you!