Minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion at surgical center. Am I nuts?
For the last twenty six years I've been living with chronic back pain. My last MRI was the last straw for me. My lumbar disc are bone on bone. The word used by the person writing the diagnosis was Obliterated. I saw these MRI"s and they scared the crap out of me. I have to do something before I can't walk any more. Or get too old and can't have another surgery.
I've been through just about everything. Including a five and half hour L-3-L-4, L4-L5, L5-S1 open back Laminectomy. I was in the hospital for five days and I wound up with an infection. I thought I would die. The spasms from the physical therapy they gave me back then (1989-90) is something that they don't do anymore. I've had the injections, the bio-feedback, and even the trial stimulator that didn't do anything but make things worse.
The meds are the only thing that have given me quality of life. The pain pump has been pushed on me but I'm not comfortable with having a pump that could go haywire and kill me.
Since we will be moving to Florida by mid summer I started looking for Pain management. I had no idea that pharmacies aren't giving out pain meds in Florida. They had trouble with clinics and passed laws that need to be changed.
I came across Advanced orthopedic laser spine center. They and two others were the only offices that called me back. I then met with the head surgeon here in Jersey and he assured me he could and will give me relief.
He will have to do a lumbar spinal fusion. We've done all the research. And this seems like the only way for me to be able to live in Florida and have quality of life. I want to get off of the fentanyl and Norco. Yes I know I will never be pain free. That I will always have to take something. The arachnoiditis, and arthritis alone are very painful. But I have to try this.
So my question is has anyone had this L-3 to S-1 lumbar fusion done in an out patient surgical setting? My surgery is set for next week. March 12th 2015. If anyone can give me some advice I would so appreciate it.