Feedback from Fushion patients?
I stumbled across this site by way of researching issues that may arise with a spinal fusion. I am hoping members can shed some light with personal experience. I know the doctors always give you the "generic" version of what could go wrong or be a side effect of a surgery, and want to balance that with actual experiences.
At age 25, I underwent Micro / Lamin. (L3-L4), 1year & 8 months ago.
Diagnosis after MRI:
-Congenital Stenosis w/ Extreme protrusion of the disk
Doctor advised Micro/ full Laminectomy on account of already going through conventional methods
Out of Surgery and felt GREAT! Doc said everything went good, however, I had a completely fractured facet of L4 which they removed. Was advised that a Fusion was inevitable and they didn't want to do it right then on account I was so young.
2 days later Im back in ER with Epidural Hematoma which completely paralyzed me from the waist down. 2nd surgery brought back most of my mobility to both legs, but was missing sensations / mobility in posterior left leg/ genitals.
MANY follow-up's later doc said it just takes time to heal. I tried explaining that if I lay a certain way, I somewhat regain sensations. If I do other things, numbness gets worse. Often I get the same "shooting" pains in my feet, legs and genitals while laying a certain way.
At this point the doctor is suggesting that the missing facet is allowing my spine to shift to such a degree, and combined w/ the already present stenosis, the nerves just simply have no where to go and a fusion is called for "if I choose".
IM SCARED TO DEATH!!!!! I already had a bad bought the first time around and wasnt fully aware of possible outcomes. I WILL NOT be unprepared again! I understand the same problems could arise, but I am mostly concerned with mobility of the spine after fusion. How severely will I be limited, can I still "responsibly" lift things ect..... Recovery time?
At this point I am consciously ready to go fourth with the surgery, Im just really nervous about it. Im mostly afraid of not doing something and one day things get worse from not doing something.