Have two problems with my back...
First is a severely degenerate disk L5 - S1, where it has now totally collapsed, and with an annular tear and herniation. Surgery for this on 5 March - TLIF fusion surgery with pedicle screws and rods
Secondly, after fracturing L1 vertebrae and crushing disk almost 2 years ago, the bone has disintegrated and the disk is now pushed into the bone. Option of having this surgery first which is going in from the side, removing a rib, then removing the L1 vertebrae (corpectomy) and the L1 - T12 disk, replacing with bone and hardware to support.
I knew about the first option, but wasnt told about the second one til today...needless to say was a bit shocked and overwhelmed by it all. Surgeon asked which part the pain is worse, but they are both as bad as each other. We both dedided that the first one is going to be done first.
Im in shock because I neively thought that we would be talking about addressing the both at the same time, meaning healing eventually and being done with it...
Now I actually feel as if the surgery im having is going to be a walk in the park compared to what i have to look forward to when we address the second surgery...anyone had a vertebrae and rib removed? Apparently they have to go in through the side and remove a rib for access, because the spinal cord runs down this section still, so a posterior approach is not possible.
Any comments or experiences welcome, am now less scared about my TLIF anyway!!