I had a 2 level fusion at L4-S1 in November of 2009. Since then I have had left leg pain, weakness, and tingling. I have had injections at the S1 nerve site with no help. I had a CT scan done last week and this is what the report read.L5-S1: There is dorsal decompression laminectomy and partial facetectomy on the left without residual central spinal canal stenosis. Ossific density extends along the left posterolateral margin of the vertebral body with left-sided subarticular recess narrowing and encroachment upon the traversing left S1 nerve root. The bony foramina appear patent at this level. Facet joint is arthrodesed on the right.
My question is has anyone else had this issue, what exactly does this mean, and what was the recovery plan?
My doctor said that we may go in remove the hardware and while in there do some hollowing around that nerve. Has anyone had this done and did it help. Any advice would be great!!