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