I am so confused! Maybe someone can help me?
Is a fusion different than Artifical disc replacement? I am having both cervical and lumbar surgery (one in October and the lumbar is in December.) The first surgery is called an anterior cervical discectomy fusion C3-7 + or - 1.
But what confuses me is that the doctor doing the surgery is talking about using artifical dics called Prestige or Prevail. He is an excellent surgeon and is on the cutting edge ( no pun intended ) "of height for life" and spinal innovations from medtronics company.
In Dec. if I feel up to it ( and he claims I will ) I am having Lumbar surgery ( I had it once in 2000 with good results- no fusion ) this time I am having L3, S1 fusion 3 discs. The paperwork says: Open ALIF/ Post Lami Fusion L2 S1 +/-
I really am not sure what I am in for.
Can anyone please help me?
Matelasse : :S