L4, L5, S1 Fusion Surgery
I am preparing for an L4/L5/S1 fusion, both anterior and posterior minimally invasive procedure using BMP cages to replace the disk and 6 screws with 2 rods.
I had an L5/S1 laminectomy 13 years ago with great success by the same surgeon. I was pain free for many years afterwords. I also had a C5/C6 fusion by a different surgeon (insurance change) 10 years ago also with great success.
I went back to work after the laminectomy after 2 weeks and went back to work after 2 days with the fusion. I tend to heal very well and except for the degenerative disk disease and hypermobility, I am in great health.
I am a little anxious about the upcoming fusion and am interested to know if there are others out there who have had this procedure and have had little to no complications and were able to return to work quickly. I am a programmer and can freely sit/stand/walk/lie down as necessary with my job.
I have read quite a bit about folks who have less than happy stories to tell about this procedure and am just hoping that there are folks out there who have had a great result after surgery.
I should note that this is completely necessary as I can no longer stand or walk for very long and can barely put my own shoes on in the morning from the sciatica and hip pain. I did have a discography which shows that both L4/L5 and L5/S1 are causing the symptoms. Wondering how the surgical pain stacks up to the discography pain (which was momentarily awful but not long lasting)