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After too many years of running and rock climbing... my lower back gave out. I tried conservative treatment, then a discectomy, then finally a fusion of s1 l5 l4. Main problem was the spondylolisthesis... my l5 was pretty far out of position and my whole lower back was unstable and felt like it was grating.
Fusion was pretty horrible, I got a bunch of new symptoms... but now at 3 months and finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel. At least.. I thought I was... till I saw my xrays,
OK... so I have a cage between s1 and l5. Screws in s1 l5 l4. But literally nothing between l5 and l4. No bone taken from my hip. No cage. Nothing. Only the screws holding it together.
I feel OK... but gee... I am to rely totally on the screws to hold my l5 l4 together? I had hoped one day to return to running and rock climbing... now looking at the xray i am horrified that the whole section will just collapse.
Has anyone else heard of a fusion done like this?