I am scheduled for spinal lumbar fusion on December 2nd. I will admit I walked out of the office thinking, "crap, I have to have this done" and when someone asked how many levels of fusion I was going to need I didn't quite know the answer. I will definitely know more when I see him for my pre-op visit, but was wondering if anyone had a guess as to how many levels could potentially be involved.
L3 has slipped over L4 with 50% slippage. The disc between L3 and L4 is herniated into the spinal canal (severe disc desiccation). So to repair the spondylolesthesis and do the laminectomy would that probably mean a fusion from L3-L5? So would that be 2 level? How different is the recovery for something like that? He said the cage would be anterior for more stability but all of the paper work and his nurse said the incision would be in the back. Thanks