I saw my spine surgeon today, and he wants to fuse 2 disc and put a rod and a metal cage in my back. L3 and L4 are bad. He said that it would be a 4-5 hour surgery and about 4 days in the hospital, and that it would be a long recovery. Has anyone else had this surgery. and how did it work for you? I can't do anything without pain. Shopping is quite out of the question, as walking and being on my feet is so painful. I am about at the end of my rope, and about willing to try anything, injections, PT, and a back brace did nothing for me.
I had surgery years ago 1990 l45/l5/s1) when it was far more primitive than it is today. It worked resonably well until I recently prolapsed another disc 1 level higer than the fusion (domino effect). There are may here that will tell of negative experiences and then thetere are those that will tell you it has been a success. I think the thing to remember is that those who have success from a surgical prspective dont need a forum to vent their frustrations, they are off enjoying life. Success rates are reported to be much better today than when I had mine done. If you have doubts seek a second opinion from another specialist. Surgery is the last resort and if it can be avoided it should be. Surgery changes the mechanics of your back for ever.
I don't have doubts about the surgery or my surgeon, I have seen two other's and the first one said that nothing would help, and the second one, people that knew him said not to let him touch me, but this one, I have only had glowing reports about him. He took time to explain everything to me, and let me ask questions. The thing is, I am so tired of being so limited in what I can do, my depression is worse since I am in constant pain. I realize that the surgery isn't going to make me feel 20 years old when I am will be 57 in a few weeks, but right now, I feel 100.
I am healing from my two level A/P LIF. Doing pretty good, and look forward to being fairly pain free. I can tell that the two discs removed were the cause of my pain. I do have a long road ahead of me but I am glad I had this. I feel the hundred years too and I am twenty seven! I feel ya!
I wish you well and we are all here for you if you have any questions or just need support or to vent!
I am 17 days post-op from a 2 level TLIF fusion with rods, screws, cages, donor bone, and BMP. I am 24, and I felt like I was 150 before this surgery. Even though I'm still not very far out of the OR, I can tell this surgery was a success. All of my previous pain is gone, and I have actually had almost no post-op pain since about one week out (I think I lucked out on that one though).
Is a fusion your only option? What about ADR (artificial disc replacement)? I am just asking because fusion is a major surgery and once you do it, you can't go back. Good luck in making your decision, and if you have more questions we're here!