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Repear lumbar fusion L4/5 with autograph

lori1958llori1958 Posts: 1
3 years ago I underwent a transforminal fusion with instrumentation support (2 rods), the disk was removed and a cage with synthetic material (Striker) was used for the fusion. I broke L4/5 during a fall, while at work.

Today, I am still experiencing numbness down the legs, weakness in the legs, bursitis in the hips bilaterially, tingling and pins and needles. Walking has become very painful. I am able to move around less which has led to an increase in my weight. I work full time as I am single and I need to have my bills paid and there isn't anyone else to do that for me. Stuck in a box.

When I had a repeat CAT scan in May, the results showed the fusion was incomplete, the fractures of the vertebrae hadn't yet healed. there is a clear and clean delineation between the body of the vertebrae and the pieces I broke. It is like a line in the CAT scan slide.

I am awaiting approval from insurance (WC has been fighting me for three years on each and every step of treatment, pain medication, etc.) to undergo another fusion with autograft (material from my hip) and confirmation that the hardware is secure (I don't think it is as I can feel a "click" when I move and the numbness and pain can be lessened in intensity by how I move or lay down. This leads me to believe that the hardward isn't secure. My physician thinks the hardware is solid (from looking at a static CT scan slide).

I do not have osteoprosis. I do have degenerative disk disease and arthritis developing in my back at a rapid rate. I am 57 years old. I would like to keep walking as I get older.

What can I expect from this second operation?

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