Re: Tail bone pain after L5-S1 fusion
I am no doctor, but I would think that the fusion you had on the L5 S1 has a defect in it, it could be anything from scar tissue constriction the nerve after the surgery, or any thing that else that is compressing the nerve canal around the old fusion. That is were the tailbone is being irritated. You doctor has reasons why he cannot help you; did he explain them to you? I cannot believe he would just say, I canít help you any more. Donít give up, it's not over till you say it is. A second opinion is worth the drive across the State sometimes.
Contrary to someone opinion, Neurosurgeons mainly work on brains where cancers need to be removed, the highly skilled areas, Orthopedic doctors are just as skilled and concentrate on the rest of the body joints. Most Neurosurgeons will not give a simple spine operation a second thought if they have lives to save. Not to say that they will not work on spines, but their time is spent on the more serious issues. Either surgeon will perform spine surgery; it is best to pick the one that does it everyday.