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Old 11-22-2012, 09:03 PM   #1
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Having additional fusion

I am 32 yrs old and have had L3-L5 fused. I have a herniated disc at L5-S1. At my next follow up appt. my NS wants to discuss that level. I have lost some flexibility with the current fusion. I am wanting to know how more flexibility am I going to lose after the fusion of L5-S1. Any experiences would be greatly appreciated.

 
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Re: Having additional fusion

The common word on this is that it won't be noticeable to you. L5-S1 has very little movement to begin with as it attaches to the sacrum, which is a solid block with no movement.

Where you may notice some difference post surgery is in the SI joints. This becomes the first level that has movement after L5-S1 is fused. I know many people complain of some problems in this area post fusion. I know in my own case, it took about a year for my body to get used to this new situation, for the muscles to become accustomed to supporting the spine in a new way, etc.

(I was fused at L4-L5 and then L3-L4 and L5-S1 were added on.)

 
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