So my Dr called me last night and said that the fusion of L5-S1 did not heal properly. He said that it is up to me if I have surgery again or net. He said that if it causing me to not live a normal life then he would be willing to fix everything. I asked what he would do....he would have to go in through my stomach to have a fresh area to work with. There is too much scar tissue in the back. He would put a cage in between L5-S1 (I already have one at L4-L5) and take out the broken screws and put in thicker ones a little lower in my tailbone. So now I face a big decision...to have it or not to....I am in pain but it is not absolutly unbarable...but it is always there. I don't want to have this pain for the rest of my life, and I think it will only get worse. I think I am going to talk to him about having the surgery in January like I did in '07. It seemed to work out the best for me. There isn't usually anything going on at that time of year and tax returns are soon to come so that I wont get behind on my bills.
Has anyone else had this surgery...going in through the tummy...is it way more invasive than just through my back? Is the recovery time way longer?