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ALIF May 2010 and TLIF November 2011

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Old 03-22-2012, 03:51 PM   #1
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Still in pain and have questions about hardware removal

I had ALIF l4, l5 -l5, s1 May 2010, non union and broken cage on the L5 level.

I then had a 3 level TILF L4 to S1 November 2011 with a complete facetectomy and decompression of left L4 and L5 nerve roots, hemilaminectomy without facetectomy at L5. So my surgery report states. Not sure all what it means, I am wearing the Spinal Fusion Stimulator 24/7 to help fuse this time.

Had a ct that shows the lower left screw is slightly off center and laying on the S1 nerve root. But the nerve conduction study showed L5 nerve problems and most likely which nerve is hurting in my legs.

The nerve pain and pain in my back has increase so much that I have had to go back on pain management.

The neurosurgeon has no idea why I have pain and has now suggested removal of the hardware in May, 6 months post fusion, to see if that will help with the pain. Is this a good idea, I really need some ideas if I should consider this.

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