Anterior lumbar fusion of L5-S1
This is my first time on any discussion board but wanted to see if anyone had a similar surgery as the one I am anticipating in the next month. As a healthcare professional, I injured my back while lifting a very heavy patients and sustained two Annular tears to L4-L5 and L5-S1. My MRI showed moderate de generative disc disease with narrowing space at the L5-S1 level, spondylosis and nerve entrapment. I have had two epidurals and one facet injection with no relief and tried some physical therapy early on that just aggravated my symptoms which included severe lower back pain with numbness , weakness and tingling into my lower extremities. My second MRI showed progressive deterioration and entrapment of the root nerves and basically bone on bone with the L5 S1 vertebrae . I have been in severe pain for almost 15 months since my injury and am hoping that the anterior lumbar Fusion Will get me back on track again and able to work and do the activities I was able to do prior my injury . Any words of wisdom and encouragement would be greatly appreciated.