Hi everyone, I am fairly new to this site. I injured my back 5 1/2 months ago. Extreme low back/buttocks pain, with tingling, numbness in left leg. I have tried PT,accupunture, cortizone epiderals, and am currently on ms contin 15 3 times a day and percocet 4-5 times a day with limited relief. I have impingement on my nerve and disc collapse on l4/l5 l5/s1 . I am going to be having a spinal fusion, just waiting for ortho to refer me to another surgeon who does fusions, as he only does plf, and he believes that I need an interbody fusion. I have been trying to learn about all the different types of fusions to try to figure out which type would be best? Can anyone tell me how it is decided on which type of fusion, whether it depends on the exact problem or is more the surgeons preference in terms of anterior or posterior? The 360 sounds like it would give the most stability but I'm not sure, and can I request to have a 360 or just go with what the surgeon thinks? Sorry for long post and look forward to hearing your insight.
>:D< >:-D< : Karen
L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
adr L5-S1 Feb 2012