LONG story short, I had a L5/S1 TLIF with pedicle screws and rods on Sept. 24, 2014. I have been recovering slowly but since surgery, have had major trouble with my left foot. I have no reflex in the ankle and I walk with a cane. I also have pretty severe nerve pain in my toes/ball of foot. I cannot bend my toes down or stand on my toes on that foot.
Surgeon did a CT scan immediately after surgery and told me that he was concerned about a screw and a small bone fragment on the left side. We've been giving it some time (nearly 3 months now) but he is concerned with my continuing symptoms and yesterday mentioned that we should probably consider taking out the screw on the left side and removing the bone fragment in the hopes that it will improve my lingering symptoms.
Here's where I need opinions....would you do it? If I do it before the end of the year, it will be completely covered by insurance, otherwise the deductible resets Jan. 1st. The surgery would be outpatient (this would be my 4th one since May 2014 with this same surgeon). He said there is a "greater than 50% chance" that this will improve/fix my symptoms. But there's also a chance it's not the cause of my symptoms at all because my nerve was severely damaged.
Anyone been there/done that or have words of wisdom? I do not want to spend the rest of my life limping with a cane. I'm newly 36 with two young kids. I'm just not sure what to do or how this could affect my (presumably) newly healing fusion. Help!!!
Left leg radiculopathy/sciatic pain
L5/S1 microdiscectomy - May 30, 2014
L5/S1 microdiscectomy - Aug 14, 2014
L5/S1 TLIF - Sept. 24, 2014
Left-side screws/rod removed along with bone fragment Dec. 29, 2014