I am Margaret. On Feb. 7, 2008 I had a Minimally Invasive Surgery. The reason for this is that my MRI indicated that I had bulge disc at L3-4 and a broadbased disc also at L4-5 and L5S1 (whatever those terminologies mean!)
Due to all of this, I was in a lot of pain. I tried every other option out there - from injections, physical therapy, acupuncture and decompression to no avail. Finally, I consulted a NS who suggested the only other alternative would be a Minimally Invasive surgery with Instrumentation.
After the surgery, he told me that screws (2 or 3, can't quite remember now...) were inserted, plus a metal plate and a "wedge" (since I was having pain down in my left leg, the ‘wedge’ would relieve the discs from pushing against the nerve.
I was in a lot of pain after the surgery and a lot of muscle spasms! I was given lot of narcotic medications and muscle spasms medications also.
I finally felt better after a month and returned to work.
Now, my lower back is free from pain but I am having severe pain around my hip girdle, under the lower part of my belly and down the base of my left leg. I can hardly turn in bed due to pain - every single day I am in pain.
Can anyone here say what is going on? I called the Dr. who told me to come in for another MRI, (did an x-ray after the surgery to see if everything was in place and everything was OK!) I cannot figure out what is causing the pain, but I feel that it's the 'wedge' that was inserted to relieve each disc from rubbing against each whereby causing the a sciatica pain (sp). I cannot go back right now to see the doctor since my med. Ins. was interrupted and this needs to be restored before I cannot even think of going to see him.
I read here about fusion and I am curious about that this is? What actually is a fusion as it relates to the spine/vertebrate?
Also I read that the Hardware can be removed! Does that mean that those screws, metal plates and wedges that were placed in the spine during surgery can be removed? I am really really scared about this! Will my vertebrate/skeleton still be able to stand upright even after removing those pieces of hardware? ( :jawdrop:) Will I still be free from back pain after the hardware removal? :?
Can anyone shed some light on this for me? :sick: