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L5/S1 Fusion

I have had a fusion at the L5/S1 with hardware in June of last year. I am still having debilitating pain. My new PM Doctor performed myelogram/CT scan. Results from test is the fusion did not fuse, edges broken and now I have Large posterocentral disc herniation with marked mass effect on the thecal sac at L4/L5, possible loosening of screws, no osseous fusion across the L5/S1 disc. My Neurosurgeon who performed the operation & my PM Doctor suggested SCS implant. I worked in the industrial construction at Oil & Chemical , & paper mills for the past 30 years. Work consists of sandblasting, High Performance Linings & Coatings in tanks, concrete containments, concrete restoration using chipping guns, rock drills, etc. Would a SCS implant hold up to stress I would be putting on my body? Does anyone think it would help at all? I am going to see another Neurosurgeon for a second opinion at the end of thee month. I am not wanting another surgery if possible. I have been out of work for over a year. Fighting Cigna for Disability.  Any feed back would be appreciated.

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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 5,437

    Hello rburge!

    Welcome to Spine-Health

    No one knows what would really help until you try, not you or me or the doctors. Was the SCS recommended due to nerve damage?
    While you are waiting on other members to reply please click on the Welcome link below as well as the System Tutorial for more information.
    Please keep us posted on what you find out next week.

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  • Seek advice from an attorney for your disability.. n let us know what u  Side to do on the SES ? 

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