It seems to me, that first surgery was a failure, and now, you considering for another surgery..I think, you should think it over and go for second or third opinion from several Spine Specialist.. If you can cope with the pain, just stay with pain meds...Going for second surgery, might cripple you..Doctors are there to cut you up for practice...
I am looking for advice on treatment options.
Brief History to consider: I experienced a fall down accident where I fell down my outside stairs last January and it has been hell since.
It seems like since this accident my lumbar spine keeps degrading. I was diagnosis with L4/5 Grade I Spondy. My ortho said that I have problems with all the lumbar levels, my best level is L2/3 which has a bulge. Also diagnosed with DDD. My last MRI was not encouraging and changed from the MRI done 6 months ago. Now I have S1/L5 mild/moderate focal herniation which moved the S1 nerve root and L3/4 uncontained focal herniation which excudes outside the vertibre and migrated to the 3/4 nerve roots on the left.
Needless to say this was not good news after just recovering from dissectomy for a herniation at L1/2 and C6/7 (fusion).
Ortho says he could do another dissectomy at L3/4 to resolve herniation but is concerned because the lumbar degraded more in the last 6 months. It seems like my discs are popping like blisters. In the last 6 months where I had bulges, I now have focal hernations. He is thinking and talking about a multi level lumbar fusion. He feels left leg pain includes the L4/5 symptoms. He will be doing a diagnostic EPI with Nerve Block at the L3/4 level to isolate the symptoms. He wants to see what symptoms remain after this procedure.
Does anyone have any thoughts . . . suggestion . . .advice
Lumbar fusion is very scary!
Past treatment history does include 4 ESI at various levels of the lumbar, extensive PT, and surgery as noted above.[/QUOTE]