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L5/S1 fusion

I have been around the block for 3 years now, seeing many different doctors. I have tried all the conventional methods without any success. Just recently I was told that L5/S1 was badly degenerated. All my discs above are actually in excellent shape. A spinal fusion was recommended. I think this is a no-brainer. If a discography confirms pain and I am not likely to have further disc problems later (due to the good health of the others), it appears as if I should do it. 



  • I just had a fusion last Wednesday. My only regret was waiting so long. Like you I had one bad segment (L5/S1), but mine was due to an injury. I have no back pain now and am just healing and recovering from the surgery pain. Let me know if you have questions. I walked 3 miles today. 

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,357

    hi sixer82
    welcome to spine-health

    if you are comfortable with your surgeon and your decision, just keep an open mind and positive attitude. when you know your surgery date, go to the right of the page to surgery buddies, click on that, go to the left and pick your month. make a discussion about yourself and surgery. there you will find other members waiting on surgery or are in recovery, giving one another advice and support. go into jan. buddies and read some of the stories.

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  • It’s such a hard decision. I am nearly 100% functional but have this deep ache and obnoxious burning ALL the time (worst when sitting). I am going to get a second opinion, maybe a third. He gave me good odds. He was talking like 80% with a positive discogram. And I won’t have much for limited motion as it’s only the L5/S1 level...right?

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