I had previous L4-5 fusion. Degenerative disc disease signifiant at L2-3. Very bad stenosis at L3-4. Have positive sagittal imbalance. Sweeping Kyphosis in the thoracic in the thoracic spine,
i had previous cervical fusion 4 years ago.).
Given my alignment and symptoms (balance,back pain down my legs and rear end, beginning dragging of a foot) they are now saying
L4 POS and at least a T10 to pelvis or perhaps T5 to Pelvis instrumented fusion would be the operation most likely to give me significant relief.
Talked about the risk and length of the surgery (10 hours) Healing time could be up to a year.
I am so nervous thinking of all this and have tried all from P/T,Injections several times in my back,accupuncture and nothing has helped. Had all this after my last surgery 4 years ago. This is being discussed by me two top neuro surgeons at EDIT. ( Operated on me in the past)
Doctors tell me out here in Long Island you have to consider using a walker, wheel chair vs going thru such major surgery.
HOW DOES ONE MAKE A DECISION ON WHAT TO DO. I AM SO NERVOUS IN MAKING THIS CALL. They say we tell it like it is, but I have to be the one to make the call. They say we would not be telling you this if we did not think you should have it but again they will not tell me to have it has to be me.
1.10 hours under 2. possible side effects 3. Time for pain and healing. 4. Rod down my back 5. Changing the way I will be able to move after. 6. Time to heal 1 year
ANYONE HAVE ANY EDUCATED THOUGHTS on what a person like me should do. Do I live with what I have or go for it.
Post edited to remove name of specific medical facility. by Liz The Spine-Health Moderator Team