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L4/L5 Fusion at 27 - experiences please

Hi everyone, thanks for taking the time to read this. I am 27 and my NS has told me that I need L4/L5 fusion using metal cages, plates and rods due to the severe numbness/weakness, tingling and pain in my leg. The specialist is meant to be the best of the best. I was wondering if anyone else has had this done and what their experience was of this. I am dubiass due to my age and was wondering how other people found the surgery? 

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  • Hi - you'll find a few folks here have had that surgery, I had it in May. Everyone's experience is different, and there is no guaranteed outcome (there is an expected outcome, but no guarantee, same as any surgery). 

    What is your hesitation, is it age? Or because it's a big decision? Would help to understand where you feel you're getting stuck...

    Jan 2009 L5-S1 ALIF
    May 2017 ALIF L4-L5 with PLF rods added L4-L5-S1
  • I just had a fusion at L5-S1 with rods and screws done in December and I'm 30.... I had a wonderful experience and great results... keep  us posted

    Ankylosing spondylitis, moderate lumbar spinal stenosis, spondylolthesis L5- S1, 5mm disc protrusions T6- 9 with minimal cord compression, cerebral palsy of the right side

    PLIF fusion L5- S1 with decompression and hardware Dec 7th 2016
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  • @neurochallenged86 how do you feel post fusion what are the resrtictions? i may need one in the future 

  • Thank you for your responses. For me it's my age and that it's a big decision, I guess the doubts in my mind of what if it goes wrong but then also knowing that I cannot continue the way I am.  @aimless how have you found your recovery so far? 

  • Yes - big decision. I did conservative treatment before my first surgery 8 years ago (L5/S1), and I'm glad I did, but more glad that I finally did the surgery. I had a smooth and successful recovery. I was 38 but age is not relevant. You can develop illness at any age.
    My surgery in May was for L4/L5 - I did not hesitate to schedule it, because there was no "conservative" treatment (disc had completely disintegrated). I am almost 15 weeks post op and my life feels relatively normal. I'm pain free, back at the gym, back at work, not even taking aspirin. I am fortunate (I had a good ortho surgeon and I was in physically good shape going into it). Pain management in the hospital was my biggest challenge.
    Find a doctor whom you're confident in, ask every question you can think to ask. :)
    Jan 2009 L5-S1 ALIF
    May 2017 ALIF L4-L5 with PLF rods added L4-L5-S1
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  • Post fusion I am way better Off! Less pain meds and no wheelchair I am a happy camper!!!! However being almost 8 months post op I am developing new issues that are requiring a new set of attention.  Restrictions I couldn't bend or twist.  I couldn't lift more than a gallon of milk.  I had a brace I wore for almost 3 months.  I also had to use a bone stimulator for 2 hrs a day (that really sucked it was uncomfortable and time consuming) after 3 months I was pretty much off restrictions however I was told NO anti-inflammatory properties (NSAIDS corticosteroids, etc) for an entire yr post op.  It can cause the bones not to fuse.

    Ankylosing spondylitis, moderate lumbar spinal stenosis, spondylolthesis L5- S1, 5mm disc protrusions T6- 9 with minimal cord compression, cerebral palsy of the right side

    PLIF fusion L5- S1 with decompression and hardware Dec 7th 2016
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