I was in a Sea Doo accident when I was 18 years old (I will be 34 in July) and I damage the discs in my L4 & L5. I was in a lot of pain for years and when I was pregnant with my son he was so big that my back was not able to handle the weight and when he was 5 months old I was referred to a back surgeon (May 2005) and had a discectomy performed. It was a BAD experience with a spinal leak and a surgeon who had HORRIBLE bedside manners. I have never had relief from that surgery and just always thought to myself "well this is life, always being in pain." Christmas 2014 I was loading my dishwasher and twisted incorrectly where I have been in unbearable pain since. I am on pain meds every single day just to function with life. So I finally went to the doctor (a different surgeon) and was told that when my surgery was performed 10 years ago that the surgeon removed my facet joints (I really don't know what they are called they are the tab looking things that are off of the vertebrae that hold the nerve's and attached to the vertebrae to keep your back stable). Instead of the surgeon just cutting a small hole where he could go in and remove the disc that was protruding he removed those bones and removed most of my disc and wrote in my medical records (I have a copy) that she is will have bone on bone and within 10-15 years she will need surgery again to have a fusion done.
I was 23 years old and I trusted my doctor that is why I did what I did, it was a live and learn situation that now has me in so much pain I can't even watch my son play baseball anymore, cook dinner, sit all day at work, walk anything without being in excruciating pain. My surgeon now had me take some x-rays because he could not see what he expects to be the issue. He believes that every time I walk, bend, stand, twist anything instead of my lower spine working with the rest of my back it is moving back and forth which he feels he can correct with a small rod and 2 screws.
So now that you have the background here is my question. Has anyone had a fusion where that the surgeon did not do a bone graph just a small rod and 2 screws? If so how long was the recovery and was it worth it?
Sorry for the extremely long post.