After a year and a half of treatment, including: physical therapy, chiro, cortisone injection, anti-inflammatory meds, heat/ice, microdiscectomy surgery, aquatic physical therapy, neurontin, and narcotic pain meds, my Neurosurgeon scheduled me for a lumbar fusion. (L4-L5)
She said she uses plastic cages, and morphogenic bone protein? I think she said it was called... Going in through the front... And that she's going to use a metal clamp between the two vertebrae on the laminas (think that's what they're called), going through the back, right where my scar is from the first surgery, to make it even more stable... And since I am only 22 and otherwise healthy, and a non smoker, that she's going to do the clamp instead of screws and rods.
Has anyone had a fusion like this? And if so, how did it turn out? I have sciatica, and after the first surgery, it got SEVERE after the first two days, then with valium and steroids it got better for about a week, then has slowly gotten worse again. She said that tells her that it's most likely being caused by the problem in the disc space from DDD. Apparently there is still a bulge in the canal, even though she removed all the disc material that was spilled out into it...
So if there is anyone who has had a similar situation and can give me their experience, it would be greatly appreciated. I know it could be a lot worse, but I feel kind of young to be having this kind of back problem already, so talking to people who have been there would be a nice comfort.
Thanks in advance