I will make it quick ; I was told by one Dr. not too long ago, I was a candidate for ADR (multi-level lumbar / hence some HOPE for some return to life / work.
I recently saw a "big time guy" at Cedars-Sainai LA,CA. After he did some x-rays he did not hesitate to tell me there was too much curve in my spine for ADR. He stated "I have to straighten you out". I am told I need a three level L3-S1 lumbar fusion. Anterior and posterior approaches. Needless to say it was a bad day as I had hoped beyond hope to be an ADR candidate.
From what I have read most people are worse off after a multi level lumbar fusion. Or remain the same , kind of like exchanging 4 quarters for a dollar (if your lucky). I was very active prior to injury and have too admit I am experiencing depression in regards to the above. Anybody out there with experience with this? What activity level can you expect to return to? How do you prepare for something like this? Home / driving etc.
Thanks!! ,I would appreciate any input.