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larrydllarryd Posts: 2
After four years the leg pain started and worked its way up to the but then the lower back.Thinking that after a S1-L5 fusion you could not get sciatica pain back I was wrong. Three more years past before I found a Dr. who said it can happen and ordered a CT as you know with a MRI you cant see any of the surgery site. CT confirmed that bone growth had occurred and has been pressing on the nerves for so long that there might be nerve damage. Also L4 is collapsing and will have to come out also not fully seen on MRI due to the metal interfering with the resolution. Not blaming any one things do happen for a reason I am just glad someone found it and I can get some relief. And happy to send this along to others who might be in the same boat.


  • when your surgery was done, did they use BMP in your surgery? Sometimes BMP can over grow back on the nerve roots. As to the seeing the fusion on MRI, they can see it, but a better imaging tool is a Myelogram with CT, or MRI with contrast. The metal does interfere somewhat but it still is visible. To look at bone the CT scan is the best alternative though. Good for you they found it and there is a answer for you, and hopefully you won't have permanent nerve damage and the redo will be successful. So I take it they will fix the old level and add the new level into your fusion? Good luck and keep us posted on your surgery and the outcome.
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