My neurosurgeon of twenty years has passed away, after 7 spinal surgeries I trusted him and never actually questioned what,when or where. The new surgeon was trying to explain this next surgery and I am totally lost.
"Removal of l4-5 pedicle screw hardware, revision l4-s1 laminectomy foraminotomies and l4-s1 posterior lateral fusion and repair of pseudoarthrosis"
I should have learned the terminology years ago, but as I said my old surgeon was a family friend and I never bothered, now I guess I would like to know some more about what is going on. I have Degenerative disc disease and have had 4 lower back surgeries and 3 neck surgeries. I have a plate in my neck and 2 rods and screw sets in lower back, that's about all I can tell you about previous surgeries. It's just that each surgery seems to hurt more and take longer to heal and I don't know whats worse " the cure or the illness".
Any help explaining this in dummy terms would be appreciated.