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2 Level Lumbar Fusion

Hello Everyone. I am 35 years old and I had a discectomy 1 year ago at the L4/L5 area with a minor clean up job at the L5/S1. While I recovered from the debilitating pain I was having (extreme sharp pain down my leg), I still have pain in the lower back/upper glute area. I have had trouble sitting although I'm ok standing / laying down. Initially doctors told me to be patient and it was part of recovery (could take up to 1 year). Being 1 year now, I am still unable to sit, can only sit for a max of 45 mins before it becomes too much to deal with. For a while I pushed through work working exclusively from a stand up desk before I broke down and took time off to work hard at rehabbing the back (core exercises, swimming,etc). I am much stronger now, lost 25 pounds but still can't sit. I've got a couple opinions and the surgeons are saying that a 2 level fusion from L4 to S1 is the best option although some of them are saying I should try and deal with this if I can. Basically I can't work the type of jobs I have been doing so it's either a career change and simply deal with the quality of life that does not allow me to sit (can't travel, need breaks if driving longer than 45 mins, etc)

I'd love to get feedback from anyone that may have dealt with anything similar. Im continuing to work hard to hopefully get better without surgery, I just don't think I want to alter my entire life and would rather gamble and do the surgery. Am worried the surgery does not help and now I have 2 level fused which can't be reversed



  • steeler-guyssteeler-guy Posts: 4
    edited 03/04/2014 - 5:51 PM
    Hi. If you aren't having any leg pain or other pain (like you had before your surgery) I wouldn't want to jump into that fusion so fast. This may be a dumb question but you didn't say if pillows helped?? I'm surprised that your Doc's are mentioning fusion when you can stand, sit (albeit just a little while) and can lay down without pain you had before surgery. You are on a great track by losing weight and doing the strength exercises. Some people take a little longer to heal than others. With what you have said I would keep doing what your doing and give it some more time. You can't undo a fusion and it will affect your range of motion some. If you have any other questions feel free to ask
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