My doctor has recommend a TLIF spinal fusion at the L5/S1 site. He did my 2nd surgery decompression and stabilization. 4 small screws and 2 small rods to provide stability to the disc. I have now had 2 unsuccessful surgeries in under one year. Mind you, I am 25 years of age.
My butt becomes on fire/numbness type feeling from sitting for more then 30 seconds to a minute, worsens the longer I have to sit. My legs usually only from behind my knee down are extreme tightness, electric sometimes, burning hot, cutting of nerves type feeling, stretching of the skin and so on feelings. Both of them. Not just one but luck of the draw and got bilateral herniation and nerve impingement. I have gotten worse from both surgeons. My current surgeon wants to do a fusion to allow for more room for the nerves, due to him saying I have flat back. And also have DDD and FBSS. He wants to remove the disc and do a fusion for L5/S1. He insists I am out of the box case which I definitely am and he wants to help me and also knows if i don't do it now, within next few years, i'll need a fusion.
The only thing this past surgery helped with was the lower back pain. For the most part that is much better but with the butt and legs worse, you get the point..
I read online many fusions being done for lower back pain but not much about people having a fusion done to help relieve sciatica pain (legs or butt)
I'm looking for people's input who have had the surgery done for sciatica and results/outcomes. I am very scared. I'm severely depressed all the time because of the pain. I am so young and it has ruined my life in every way possible. I want to have some sort of life. I don't know what else to do!
Thanks for your results/outcomes in advance.
Time is of the essence. Thanks all!