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12 months post TLIF L5S1



  • Thanks owie for your advice, just frustrated that the preop muscle tension at the lower back is still there after 4 months.

    just too impatient.
  • I am am month out from a 3 level 360 degree lumbar fusion (S-I-L-4-5).
     Pus I was the lucky recipient of 2 NEW artificial discs. No more rods, or screws which makes recovery not so bad. I was cut front and back, but the staples have been removed. The L-4-5 nerve to my left leg was actually "frayed" and it had to be mended and then wrapped to salvage it.
    My left foot went dead 4 times  in the first week, but its all part of the healing and the nerve will grow "an inch a month."
    I ended up having the worst side effects from Lyrica, so I am waiting to see if there is anything else, that is like it. I have a call into the neurosurgeons medication refill line. 
    The nerve from the front incision down my leg is angry as I do my daily walking.
    I also developed scoliosis and they said I had the worst spurring they had ever seen. 
    They got me in pronto once they saw all that going on plus nucleous pulpous leaking into my spinal canal!

    I have zero back pain which is huge.
    I am glad I waited even though the nerve is so damaged. Everyone that has the rods and screws all seem to end up having it all repaired at some point.
    The neurosurgeon was on the news for inventing this new artificial disc. I was in the best hands.
    They said it will take a year for everything to "settle down". I am also wearing that stimulator belt (4) hours a day.
    Staying positive even though my left leg  and foot, are trying to pull me to the negative side.

    "For we walk by faith, not by sight"~ Corinthians
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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 971

    Hey Rootsprincess...

    So with your artifical disc will you lumbar bones actually fuse... or is the artifical disc a permanent replacement for your old disc?

    Harry - 65 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
  • yea i am confused too... is it artificial disc or fusion?
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