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New here......L4-L5 Fusion coming up

Hi All,
Just wanted to introduce myself. I've enjoyed reading posts on here for the last couple of weeks now, trying to gather information about what to expect when I have my fusion. I had a synovial cyst removed in October of 2008 from the L4-L5 region. The cyst was pressing on the sciatic nerve and it was the worst pain I'd ever felt. Worse than childbirth. The surgery was successful and my neurosurgeon said he got it all - that it shouldn't reappear. Since the removal, I've felt better, but have never recovered to where I would say I was feeling 100% better. Just always some nagging pains in my hips and down the sides of my thighs, although it wasn't debilitating. The pains got worse, so in May of this year, I went to see an ortho doc who sent me for an MRI. Then I went thru 2 rounds of injections - one ESI and one "selective nerve root" injection. Neither did anything (except hurt while they were doing it). That doc told me surgery was the next option, so I went back to the neurosurgeon I had in 2008 and he says I have slippage at L4-L5 that's causing all the pain and suggested the fusion with decompression. That was on October 31st (ironically 5 years to the day that I had the synovial cyst removed). I'm still waiting to hear that we've got insurance approval for surgery (Anthem), but I'm hoping I can get in before the end of the year since I've met my deductible and out of pocket already.

So, that's my story. I look forward to posting a "surgical miracle" about how I came out of surgery and didn't have any pain, no problems sleeping, etc. Yeah....right. :-)

Synovial cyst removal in 2008. L4-L5 facet joint.
Lumbar fusion at L4-L5 in December 2013. TLIF posterior entry


  • I hope you can get your surgery soon. I am having a discectomy next month on L5-S1 so I understand you about the miracle cure. There are many people who do get much better from their procedures. They typically seem to disappear from sites like this as they are out living life. But some stay around to help others out and give them some hope. There is a lot of great info here. It has made me less stressful about surgery and I hope you too find some comfort and help here.
    Acdf C5 C6 12/13/12
    Laminectomy and Discectomy L5 S1 12/12/13
  • Thanks Summi! I'm really terrified of what lies ahead after surgery, but I'm trying to be positive and hopeful. Good luck with your surgery!
    Synovial cyst removal in 2008. L4-L5 facet joint.
    Lumbar fusion at L4-L5 in December 2013. TLIF posterior entry
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • janiskijjaniski Posts: 679
    edited 11/14/2013 - 11:22 AM
    Hi and welcome to Spine Health. It is a great website. I have had L4/L5 fused (and L1 to S1 and both SI joints). Good results but a long recovery for each fusion. I was able to go back to work between 3 and 6 weeks after surgeries but complete recovery does take awhile.

    I did as much research as I could before my 1st. fusion. I had a safety bar installed in the tub/shower. I got a shower bench. I got a longhandled shoe horn. I didn't wear socks. Elastic pants are a lifesaver. I put everything at counter top level that I would be needing. And froze some dinners I thought would taste good. You never know what you will feel like eating.

    Do everything your surgeon and physical therapist tells you.

    Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
  • Staying positive pre and post surgery is way more than 1/2 the battle! Best of luck to you.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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