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L5S1 Fusion Experience?

Would just like to know how effective this was after a complete discectomy, and how did it effect your life in general?

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  • I went through this, 4 years had a Micro-D. Leg/foot pain and was relieved immediately after the procedure, fast forward to January of this year and long story/short had a fusion done on the same level. However my symptoms were much worse this time around, leg/foot pain but also weakness which is what you DON'T want to happen. I had the pain for about a month before my fusion but it wasn't crippling until the last week or so. My Ortho had me in surgery within 48 hours of seeing the MRI. S1 compressed nerve root caused most of my issues, been in therapy to try and regain strength in right leg/foot. Best advice is to not wait, luckily I'm pain free since the fusion but it wasn't a walk in the park either. A much more involved procedure than the Micro-D but I'm glad I had it done. I don't think I had much of a choice anyway, no amount of therapy or injections were going to fix what I had. Just be prepared for a longer recovery period and good luck, keep us posted.
  • I have had severe leg pain and weakness for a year and a half, and finally just got the Micro-D done, but there is thought I may have already reherniated, so after a MRI, if it shows I have, he wants to do a fusion, so I want to be prepared ahead of time for what that will mean for me. Will I lose mobility? Additional pain that was worse/same as before, etc?
  • While I don't have any experience with a Micro - D , I did have double level 360 fusion last year.
    I choose to pursue conservative treatments, Chiro & PT, for almost 10 years before finally going the fusion
    route. This ,after consulting with 4 Orthopedic surgeons over a period of 4 years who all recommended the same
    path.
    I was in OR for 3 hours, walking in the hospital the next morning and out in 3 days. As for PT, I walked 2-3 miles / day
    for the next 7 weeks. No formal PT as my Dr. felt it would do more harm than good.
    I was back to work in 10 weeks and to the Gym in 12.
    Now , fast forward almost 1 year I'm doing well. I'm back to all pre surgical physical activities including golf,weight training & biking. In the AM I have alittle stiffness and my range of motion is really only slightly limited. However , I can live with these
    small sacrifices!
    Would I do it again , a resounding YES!
    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
    Regards
    Eric
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