Please see my signature for my history. My neurosurgeon said prior to my most recent surgery that he predicts I will have a spinal fusion at some point. In fact, he even said that it would kind of make sense to do one now, but that he/the medical community don't usually skip the attempt of a redo microdiscectomy (I just had a redo 12 days ago at L4-L5) because it can provide adequate pain relief.
I am not dwelling on this, but I am curious to know what other people's experiences are with getting a spinal fusion after multiple microdiscectomies. How long after micro d's did you get a fusion? Was it because of another herniation or because of DDD pain? What treatments did you try prior to surgery? What was your pain level prior to fusion? How did the fusion and recovery go?
I by NO means want to jump into a fusion. I want to avoid it as long as possible. I will be talking with my surgeon in a month to ask some questions like under what circumstances would he decide a fusion would be right for me. No one likes surgery, but I am the type of person who is open to surgeries (clearly, haha, I've had lots lately) if they help. I predict that I will have chronic low back pain since I have been dealing with that for the majority of time since my second surgery. It is probably more likely that it will not be severe pain, but I will need to seek non surgical treatment. Previously I have been open to doing a surgery to attempt to get rid of moderate or even sometimes mild pain. But with a fusion I feel differently- like a positive outcome (or so I have heard) for a lumbar fusion IS low grade back pain instead of severe. Not my surgeon's thoughts- he said, "Well, you haven't asked me about fusion success."
Feel free to share your thoughts on any of this. I just wanted to talk about it a little.
25 years old: Herniated L4-L5, L5-S1 December 2008. L4-L5 microdiscectomy Sept 2010. L5-S1 microdiscectomy March 2012. Redo L4-L5 microdiscectomy Sept 2013. Redo microdiscectomy Oct 2015.