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Seeking Advice - trying to avoid 3rd sugery



  • Hi Blask,

    I have had two discectomies at L5-S1 and then ultimately had a fusion 14 weeks ago. Regarding your question about mobility, in my opinion from my own experience, I am pleasantly surprised by how well my spine moves after an L5-S1 fusion. My understanding from reading that I have done online is that there really isn't much movement at the L5-S1 disk in the first place, so a fusion at that level doesn't really limit you very much.

    The thing that I find most disturbing in reading many many posts on this site is that there seems to be a pathology of once you do one fusion, you end up with another and perhaps a third. Maybe this is the worst case scenario? The people who are cured after one surgery probably don't come back here to say so.

    I am struggling with an issue related to scar tissue build up which is one common complication after surgery, but my doctor believes that it will resolve with continued PT.

    I'm not a doctor, but I have heard that bilateral numbness or pain should be treated with some urgency. Please seek out the best doctor that you can possibly afford, and get at least two opinions. Best wishes in resolving your pain!
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