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Complete Loss of disk space at L4-5

klbrenankklbrenan Posts: 1
edited 12/27/2015 - 2:50 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi, I am a 51 year old Female. I have had low back issues for years with weakness in my left leg that makes it almost impossible to walk. I have been requesting surgery for years and seen many orthopedic doctors/surgeons as well as Neurologists/neurosurgeons. No one felt surgery was necessary. I now have NO space left between L4-5 am in severe pain which radiates down both legs and my left leg is dragging worse than ever. Doctors are finally taking me seriously and was referred to a neurosurgeon here in my town but is on vacation uneil Jan 8th which will be my follow up appointment. I'm so afraid that waiting this long is going to do permanent dAmage to my legs and I will never walk ok again which I already don't. He talked about fusing the disks I believe with screws and inserting a make ship spacer between the two?? Has anyone ever heard of this type of surgery?? I have always been very active and about to go cray not being able to work out. Any thoughts? After surgery, is it possible to regain the strength back in my legs. My doctor said no?!? Surgery will only remove the pain, that is it?!?
Thank you,
Kristen brena


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • the surgery you describe is a fusion, with a spacer placed and it's common. I had a similar surgery in November. I'm not sure about getting the strength back to your legs, it will depend the ability of your nerves to heal.
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