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Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion

CZybignev9CCZybignev9 Posts: 4
edited 09/16/2015 - 11:34 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi everyone (I'm new to these forums),

I'm a healthy 20 year old volleyball player (well, former player now) and about one year ago I started having back pains that made me quit playing. This spring I was diagnosed with mild scoliosis, DDD, and a large disk herniation at L5-S1. After more conservative methods (injections, PT, etc) I ended up having a lumbar micro decompression surgery early this summer. In August I started 4x weekly PT. Surgery has helped some, with the numbness in particular, but I steel feel a lot of back pain and sciatica on a day-to-day basis and am still taking lots of meds just to get by.
I'm going back to my pain management doctor to discuss options about potentially doing another steroid injection (but the first didn't work too well) and to maybe talk about minimally invasive spinal fusion. I would talk to my surgeon but he no longer accepts my insurance. Has anyone here had any experience with spinal fusion? It was mentioned to me early on but I didn't have any interest because I thought I wouldn't be able to play sports and I was potentially looking at joining the military. But now I know both of those options are out so I'm ok with doing it as long as it helps
What's the recovery time like for MISF? Is it outpatient or did you have to spend the night in the hospital? Was it worth it? How did your range of motion change?
I'm obviously gonna ask the doc and a surgeon these question, but I'm looking for some first-hand experience. Any opinions are welcome. Thanks so much!

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