Here I am 12 months post TLIF L5S1 and am pleased to say CT & X-rays show I'm fully fused! It's been a long 12 months but I'm feeling pretty good. I do have some residual nerve pain in my right ankle but that's currently under control (thanks to Lyrica).
Do I regret having a fusion? Absolutely not. My only regret is not having my herniation diagnosed sooner.
I won't lie, it's been a long road getting to this point and recovery time has definitely been longer than I anticipated.
Microdiscectomy L5S1 January 2014
Microdiscectomy L5S1 March 2014
Fusion L5S1 11th August 2014