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L4 L5 Fusion Hardware Removal and L5 S1 Fusion or Replacement needed

pecorjasppecorjas Posts: 3
edited 08/12/2014 - 5:19 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am experiencing a lot of pain from the hardware in my back left over from the L4-L5 fusion I had about 7 years ago. The scar tissue is also causing a lot of pain. I just had another MRI to confirm. They also found that the L5-S1 is basically gone.

I am looking to see what my options are. I do not want to have more hardware put in my back but no one here in Austin will do the surgery. My pain Dr. pointed out that they just don't make money on it so most won't do it. However, if they do the L5-S1 as well, I have a chance to have the surgery. I have looked at disc replacement, which is what I wish I would have done on the L4-L5.

Any advice or recommendations on procedures welcome!



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