Hello, I wrote a posting a few hrs. ago, stating I'm afraid to move forward with the surgeries. maybe if I can gain some awareness, I won't feel so afraid. The first surgery involves cutting into the front- my abdomen to reach levels L4-5 & L5-S1.
Then I'm turned over so my surgeon can make a small incison,(is it a small incision?)mid-line low back to get into L4-5 posteriorly. Laminectomy- what does Decompression mean? Do the muscles in your back hurt afterwards, when you're healing? He also has to do a surgery where he goes in on my side.
My surgeon says to read about: PLIF (lumbar fusion), Posterolateral lumbar fusion, Pedicle screw instrumentation, Decompression/laminectomy & XLIF- nuvasive.com.
Has anyone on this board had all 3 surgeries at one time? Please advise.
My conditions are spinal stenosis, Spondylolisthesis, & Scoliosis. I have herniated disks. I saw the mri's & couldn't believe what I was seeing- bone on bone, no cartiliage in between the disks, at least two of them.
Thank you for your help.