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newbie having lumbar surgery june 17

Hi, I'm a newbie here, my name is Ruby. I'm going in to have my L4 & L5 decompression & instrumemted fusion on June 17, 2013. I was wondering if anyone else has have this surgery? I'm scared about having this surgery, I'm scared of the pain, the surgery not working, & what my life will be like after the surgery. Can anyone please help me?


  • rubyvk2, I recently had my second fusion. The first doctor missed some major things and I had loose screws.. My S1 - L2 is fused. My entire lumbar spine is fused, but not one level, L1.I

    I had chronic pain for years, and it was getting much worse. I almost lost my job as well. I am not even 2 weeks post-op, but the pain has changed to operation pain, not the previous pain. That is how I know I made the right decision is the old pain seems to be lower, or in some cases gone.

    Just a little insight, because I fought that battle, of surgery, no surgery, etc...???

    Here was the bottom line for me: Did I try all non- surgical treatments like: PT, medications, stretching, injections, etc, etc. The answer was YES for me on all the non-surgical treatments.

    Finally having the final testing and the fusion I know I made the right choice because my Dr. found 2 ruptured discs that were leaking. No other treatments would have fixed this problem.

    Good luck, and hang in there. Please feel free to contact me with more in depth questions and I will be happy to help. Thanks,
    Left foramina stenosis of L3/L4 (retrolisthesis)
    L2-ilaic revision fusion ( loose screws) with a laminectomy at L3 (cage at L3-L4)
    (PLIF) -@ L4/ L/5 - S1 (cage at L4/L5)
  • I have had my chronic lumbar spine pain since I was 23 yr old, I will be 43 yr old in Sept. My pain started from a dr messing up on a nerve block for my left knee pain. I have had all the pt, injections, nerves burnt, stimators, etc. I'm schedule for my surgery on June 17. I'm hoping to get off a my pain meds & get rid of all the nerve pain, back pain. Thanks for all of your info.
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