Surgery to Remove S1-L4 Hardware and Extend Fusion from S1-L2 - Posterier
Hi My first lumbar surgery in 2005 fused S1-L4, have had problems at L4-2 including a discectomy/laminectomy in 2008. The problems just keep getting worse and now I have degeneration and instability/spondylolisthesis at L4-2, causing my back to "catch" and narrowing of the spinal column because of the instability. I have tried everything there is to try and live with this, but have decided to go ahead with major surgery. I've had opinions from 3 different surgeons. The surgery will go through the back, remove the old fusion hardware from S1-L4, fix whatever is going on with L4-2 in the discs, and have a new fusion that will extend from S1-L2. It will be all one piece. I'm just ready to get "fixed" and am willing to go through whatever I have to if it will increase the quality of my life. I'm tired of this. I am wondering if anyone else has had this type of removal/replace surgery, and would like to hear your stories, comments, advice, etc. Thanks!