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Will a posterior fusion fix anterior?
Hi. I had a 2 level fusion (S1/L5, L5/L4) and disc replacement at L3 , ten months ago. They cut me through the front (anterior) and I am supposedly fused, but I am unable to sit for more then about 2 minutes without pain. Bending is the same. Without being able to sit and bend, I am disabled. My original surgeon told me to to go see a psychologist (uh, thanks). Fortunately, I have a doctor here who thinks he knows what's wrong. He said while it is fused in the front, he believes the back is shaky and hitting the nerves. He thinks a second fusion through the back (posterior) will take care of it. He's also suggested burning the nerves, but to me that seems like a very painful short fix. I already got the surgery done. I want it to work. Has anyone been through this? Any advice? Did the second fusion take care of the problem ? I also wanted to share because if I could do it again, I would not recommend an anterior fusion. I wish they would have done the 360 and turned me over when I was already out. It's really a bad feeling to think about going through this again, but living disabled is not really a great option either.