Bilateral Pedicle Stress Fractures of the L5
I have the condition stated in the discussion title along with deterioration of the related inferior disc and a slight degree of spondylolisthesis. I am a 52 year old male, and according to the orthopedic surgeon who provided diagnosis, the injury occurred between the ages of 6 and 12 years of age. Other than physical therapy and pain management drugs, the only other remedy proffered has been fusion of the L5 to the sacrum involving an extremely invasive procedure wherein a two part titanium cage is connected across the L5 and sacrum on both the posterior and anterior sides. I have no desire to consider such a procedure, and have to ask the question why the pedicle fractures cannot simply be repaired thus correcting the related misalignment and returning a dramatic degree of stability to the area of concern?? I am being told that such a procedure is not FDA approved in the USA, and thus not available. I have read that such procedures have successfully been performed in Japan over the past few years. Would be very interested from hearing from other health professionals on this.