Hello everyone. I'm a professional dancer that had a L4-L4 lumbar fusion in August 2012 for pars defect. I'm considering having hardware removal if the hardware block test shows that it's the hardware causing problems. In still having pain in my right leg, hip, tingly in right leg and cold right foot from surgery. All my pain is on my right side and my new doc suspects it could be because hardware on right side was put out a little further away from my spine than the left side and I'm thin and active and my muscles and nerves may be getting irritated. They also saw a small bone spur that may be causing some pain at L5 from a bit of overgrowth of bone from fusion. I wanted to ask people who have had this hardware removal done:
1) was it minimal invasive or did they cut a large incision in middle of your back?
2) recovery time to be active again, not just back at work or going on a walk
3) how much relief did it give you/symptoms did it heal?
4) when could you bend forward/ articulate you back again after surgery?
On a side note , I'm hopeful but also scared to death since my first surgery had left my right leg temporary paralyzed and had to learn to walk on it again and has still been weak after started dancing again (but this is suspected to be because of cut through Psoas they made during that surgery). Thanks for all help everyone! This post is almost duplicate, to keep responses together and not to create confusion I have closed this thread and post the link to other posthttp://www.spine-health.com/forum/treatment/back-surgery-and-neck-surgery/hardware-removal-surgery-minimal-invasive
Liz, Spine-health Moderator