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L5/S1 Fusion/L4/5 disc replacement combo, anterior...what to expect

So I saw my Neuro and the first words out of his mouth were
"I bet you know how bad this is, from how much it hurt after that test (referring to discogram)"

Turns out my L5/S1 isn't the only problem I have.... My L4/5 is ruptured to the point of sequestration but it was off to the side a bit, and not seen on my MRI. And my L3/4 is very degenerated. So my doctor is going to do surgery... fusing the L5/S1 and doing a disc replacement on L4/5.

Has anybody had the two done at once... and what was it like?


  • Hi quarterbunny. I had this op in April 2013. It's a big operation and I honestly wasnt prepared for the length of time the recovery would take. My surgery was straightforward with no hiccups. I thought I would bounce back to work after three months being fit healthy and young (44) but I think my optimism wasn't realistic.
    I can honestly say that my lower back feels marvellous and strong now and never pops out of place. I can walk really well and I feel that my surgeon did a great job.
    On the down side, I still have nerve pain in my opposite leg, a worsening of scoliosis and thoracic back pain and bladder issues, none of which I had before surgery. I also have given up my job which has been a very difficult decision for me to make.
    I am happy that I had this surgery, I was in a desperate situation leading up to it and was at the end of my rope. It's essential that you get yourself and your home as prepared as possible. Comfy clothes, extra pillows, a grabber and essential items at waist height. I spent 8 days in hospital and needed help at home for at least a week afterwards.
    If you have any questions just ask and if I can help in way, I'm happy to do so.
    Good luck
    DDD. Married,Mum of 2, Age 45: 2007 & 2008 L5/S1 Discectomy
    April 2013 L5/S1 Anterior Fusion
    & L4/L5 Artificial Disc Replacement
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