It has been awhile since my last post At the end of August I was experiencing pain on my right side and right leg and foot. Since I was in the middle of a two week trip for work I had to endure it until I got back home. I made an appointment with my doctor, I to wait a week or so to get in. I was in a lot pain that was different than before my TILF on L5-S1 almost ten months ago. When I got to see my doctor and told him what was going on he said it sounds like you have a broken screw! I got an X-ray that confirmed his fear. He ordered a CT scan to get a more detailed picture of the screw. The CT scan clearly showed the broken screw on the right side on S1. His next statement really set me back..... He was leaving the practice and I had
to find another doctor! On top of that news he informed me that the fusion had failed and would to be redone as well as replace the hardware. The pain has been intense and I am back on oxy to sleep, can't take it during the day as I can't take any time off right now so during the day I just have to bear it. He did give me a referral for a top surgeon and He was able to see me today. His diagnoses was the same, and my surgery is scheduled for the 21st. He will remove the screws on the right side and redo the bone graft. Recovery will be about the same, 2-4 months off work and a year for the fusion to fully heal. My first surgery was last November and it was hardest thing I ever went through, I am dreading going through it again. Tomorrow I have tell my boss, he has been great and very kind to me during my recovery. He will disappointed but will accommodate whatever I have to do get healthy. Working there for 31 years has it perks. My hope is that this surgery will be successful and I will regain my life back.