Fusion L4-5 with rods and cage, what does this mean?
I am 53 years old and after years of fighting to get help with my lower back pain, nerve blocks, and all the pain management BS, I finally had surgery on Feb 3, 2010. I had a fusion of L-4/5 with rods and a cage. After 5 weeks I feel so much better! I am reducing oain medications and having very few issues. My Doctor told me that when he actuall got into my back in found the area full of fluid and that he could take his fingers and move the two vertabre back and forth. He seemed very happy with what he found and the correction he was able to do. I am very happy as well. But can someone tell me what he means by this. Does it mean I basicly had a broken back? If he could slide the bones of the vertabre that easily was I at risk of having it slip completley out of place or into 2 seperate parts? injurying my spinal cord? I just want to understand better what he found in surgery.
nomorepain aka Nancy