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L5 S1 fusion- does anyone have good news?

ilovemydogiilovemydog Posts: 2
edited 11/24/2014 - 2:22 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
After years of pain, I have decided to get a L5 S1 fusion.
If you have had this surgery, please let me know if you had a POSITIVE outcome.
I have an excellent Neurosurgeon & I have no other options.
Thank you!


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  • For a few years at least. Of course don't be surprised if you have to have more fusions in the future as the disks above deteriorate. Definitely get one or two other opinions and use the best surgeon you can find. One who ONLY does back surgery.
    Artificial disc at L5S1 for 10 years. Had 3 Level lumbar fusion and Laminectomy on Sept 27, 2013. It was an OLIF (Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion) with cages, BMP, rods & screws. Norco, Plaquenil
  • ErersvlEErersvl Posts: 65
    edited 11/25/2014 - 4:20 AM
    So far, I'm on track to healing up well. I was back to work at 10 weeks and to the Gym at 11. I feel pretty good all things considered in that with some luck, following Dr. Orders and staying true to the Re - Hab orders, I may eventually return to
    a state of normalcy. The pain has mostly subsided and when it does flare, it's typically the result of doing something
    strenuous. So, I still need to be careful as I do not want to undue the Surgeons work. Hope this helps!
    Bilateral L5 spondylolysis L5 with grade I anterolisthesis L5-S1.
    Stable multilevel degenerative spondylosis contributing to mild canal
    narrowing L2-3 and L3-4.
    360 ALIF & PLIF L-4 - S-1 on 8/11/14
  • I am currently looking into the options I have as a 22 year old female with 3 degenerative discs, 2 in thoracic 1 in lumbar. My doctor advised me to try everything i could before a fusion surgery. Have you looked into an artificial disc replacement? I am currently taking steps in order to get a disc replacement in my L5-S1.
  • I am 2 years out from my fusion. Mine was successful, in that I work full time and go to the gym and do just about everything I did before. I AM still on meds (Butrans patch and Tramadol) but that is my new normal, I guess.

    I agree that a second opinion might be in order.
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