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9 months post op questions.

My neurosurgeon who did my surgery isn't in my network and I have only had one follow up with him since my surgery 9 months ago. My primary Doctor won't answer my calls and I can't even get referred to a neurosurgeon in my network.

My lower back had a L1-L4 lumbar fusion and I am worried of getting a non fusion.

How will I know if my surgery wasn't successful? And would my surgery be considered a 4 level surgery(L1-L4)?



  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    Have you made an appointment to see your primary for assessing, guiding, and or reassuring you?

    I have not had spinal surgery.
    But I have read on this site, that often times, post op patient is referred to pain management doctor for further monitoring of spine and symptoms.
    As often time, when surgery is complete and after post op exam by surgeon, his work is done.

    Would you be able to ask primary if referral to pain management would be beneficial to you?
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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 719
    The only way to know if you have properly fused is to see a doctor and get some X-rays or a CT scan. From your explanation It sounds like you've had a 3 level fusion.
    Harry - 62 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
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