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MRI scheduled, another fusion in my future

I had fusions in Feb and June of last year. In total I am fused L3 through L5. I have a MRI scheduled for Friday and NS surgeon appointment next week. I already know that L5-S1 is herniated, they rescanning it to see how much worse it has become. Since my last MRI I have developed severe sciatica, numbness, and weakness in my right leg. I am to the point where I cannot drive anymore. I do have some concerns though. How much more range of motion am I going to lose if I have L5-S1 fused? Will I eventually develop SI joint problems after adding L5-S1? I have of heard of people having SI problems after a L5-S1 fusion.
Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.


  • I had L4-5, L5-S1 fusion, and I asked about range of motion. I was told that because those levels are so low that it wouldn't affect range of motion. I hadn't heard about SI problems after L5-S1 fusion. I'll have to ask my surgeon about that when I see him next week.
    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • alexhurtingaalexhurting Posts: 1,991
    edited 01/10/2013 - 1:49 PM
    I am not sure why your doctor would say l4l5 and l5s1 is too low to lose motion , Thats your core and gets the most beating and is the reason most have issues with those discs, Of course you lose motion at thiose levels and is the reason often they try to put an adr in when it becomes 3 levels,
    L4l5l5s1 holds all the weight of your uper body and you bend mostly at those levels just to put your shoes on ,

    You had those levels fused you said right ? How do you feel ?


    Si joint problem can hapen from any of the fusions ! Nobody can say if it will or will not hapen ,!
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
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