Re: Spinal fusions- 42 yrs young
[QUOTE=killian123;4222498]I agree with Az. I am 32 and during the past 15 years my Gp,NS and myself exhausted all non-envasive procedures in order to get a hold of this pain. You name it I had it. Make surgery your LAST resort especially a fusion. My NS adviced me prior to my surgery that i would probably need another fusion in 5-10 years as the discs above and below now bear the weight and strain.
I will say though,that iam now 2 months post and I have NO pain whatsoever. I have not taken a pain med since my 2 week post benchmark and i am walking K's a day. However Iam still very young in my recovery and i don't know what the future holds for me. My carrer is Very physical by nature and I am scared that when i return, i may f things up.
Surgery is a very personal decision and should not be taken lightly. DO your homework, make sure you have a very accredited NS or OS and learn the virtue of patients if you havn't already done so.
Btw, i had a posterior L5/S1 fusion with hardware.
Take care and good luck.[/QUOTE]
So glad you are doing so well that encourages me!! I have had several lamis and will be doing a fusion in several weeks. I loved the dr that did my lamis but he does not fuse. After seeing 6 doctors lots of research they all said fusion was the only option. Finding the right doctor for you is important, several opinions is needed too. I do not know about WC but do get several opinions. Sometimes Nuero and Ortho doctors can give different perspective it may be beneficial to see at least one of each (spine specialists).
L5S1 Lami 3x
TLIF L5S1 soon