Has anybody here had adjacent segment disease in less than a year following fusion surgery? It's happened to me twice -- once at L3-L4 following fusion and laminectomy at L4-S1 in 2008 and now again at L2-L3 after L3-L4 was fused in late 2011.
I've talked to five experts -- three surgeons, a pain specialist and an anesthesiologist (injection specialist) -- and all have said my case is the first they've ever heard of.
They say it normally takes ten to 15 YEARS for painful adjacent segment disease to develop. Some say that at the very least, it takes "several years."
Three of the experts are known for being very conservative about fusion surgery and even they think I've got an unusual problem.
I just need to hear from fellow sufferers how long it typically takes for adjacent segment symptoms to occur. What is your experience? What have you done about it?
Basically I'm looking at having a surgery every year for the foreseeable future just to correct my awful adjacent segment problems (including severe leg pain and weakness this time around).
Your thoughts are welcome.