Hi everyone :H
I've just had surgery scheduled for the 14th of next month. I had a ALIF of L5-S1 last year in February 08. I've had persistant S1 nerve pain with all the trimmings that go with that lol pins and needle, leg cramps, pain etc. I've had 3 ESI's that have proven that that's the nerve in trouble. Seeing as I have had the fusion that had a cage, 2 plates and 4 screws implanted and has taken well according to my surgeon, he has said he can be much more aggressive with removing bone that he thinks is causing my nerve problems. They are planning to remove the right hand side of my L5 facet joint plus more bone from the S1 level.
They will also be cleaning as much scar tissue from the nerve and releasing it from where its tethered. Has anyone else gone through this decompression ?? He has warned me that it is more painful post op that my fusion (which is something to look forward too lol :''( )
Anyway, I look forward to hearing from anyone.