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New member impending lumbar fusion

I am 26 year old very active male with an impending fusion. All conventional treatments have failed here is my MRI report.

L2-l3 mild near circumferential bulge most prominent anteriorly. No central spinal canal stenosis. Questionable contact of the transiting left l3 nerve root in the lateral recess.
L3-l4 mild circumferential bulge which flattens the vertebral thecal sac without significant central spinal canal stenosis. Mild contact of the transitioning l4 nerve roots in the lateral recess. No significant neuroforaminal narrowing.
L4-l5 circumferential disc bulge eccentric to the left which flattens the ventral thecal sac without significant central spinal canal stenosis mild contact of the left greater right transitioning l5 nerve roots in the lateral recesses. Minimal neural foraminal narrowing bilaterally.
L5-s1 superimposed posterior broad-based disc protrusion and more focal right paracentral disc protrusion with near complete obliteration of the right lateral recess resulting in contact and displacement of the transitioning right s1 nerve root as well as mild central spinal canal stenosis. Mild contact of the transitioning left s1 nerve root in the lateral recess. Questionable minimal extraforaminal contact of the exiting right l5 nerve root. Mild to moderate bilateral neuroforaminal narrowing.
Impression: multilevel spondylosis most pronounced at l5-s1 as above recommend neurosurgical consultation.

I am active duty and my job cannot have any restrictions in regards to workload carrying heavy packs, gear, weapons, hiking long distance, etc. Also, an avid hockey player, crossfit, and general lifting.


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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

  • Do you have a date for surgery, and how many levels is your surgeon proposing to fuse?
    Fusion surgery generally comes with limitations on bending, lifting and twisting for at least 3 months.
    Please make sure that you discuss how demanding your job is with your surgeon and ask about restrictions they would give and for how long. You don't want any shocks after the surgery.

    At 26 your age should mean that you heal quite quickly compared with some others.
    My job required lots of bending and I was off work for 5 months after my lumbar fusion.

    There are many who do return well before that and manage to get back to their active lives once recovered.

    There is lots of information on this site about various types of surgery to fuse the spine, questions to ask your surgeon and items to help you once you are home again.

    If you can't find them, do ask and I'll post a link for you. :-)

  • Thanks again on this thread as well. I do not have a date or know how many levels yet I go in the 6th of December to hash that out (or be told what they plan to do).
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