On 12/28/2014 I had an emergency L3/4 Discectomy and was back on 1/4/2015 for a revision Discectomy. The disc was so weak and had herniated so completely the removed all of it. I asked for clarification from the Dr numerous times on this because I had a pending TLIF fusion on the 15th of January, so I was somewhat educated on fusions and what to expect for that surgery. There is NO hardware, NO bone graft, nothing. They removed every bit of my disc material, roughed up the top and bottom of my vertebrae and left them to sit bone-on-bone. I'm expected to wear a pretty extensive back brace for six months while this essentially fuses all on it's own. No cells or graft was taken from my hip and no donor material was placed in my body.
I cannot find any record of this type of procedure being done anywhere online. I will, of course, demand a better explanation at my follow up appointment but I assume that someone out there has to have heard of this procedure being done. I cannot be the only one.
These were my fourth and fifth surgeries and this one has me in a hurt. I've recouped from surgery before but holy cow - I feel like I've been hit by a truck. I'm assured that it's the back-to-back surgeries and that my body has been through so much in so little time and now my spine is really angry. Now, I'm angry... I'm feeling a little like I've had a Frankenstein procedure done and I can't find any info on this.
Has anyone ever heard of this?
(5 Lumbar Surgeries & Counting...)