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Surgery: ADR with cage at L5 S1, should I or shouldn't I?

Started by Jenjar on 02/01/2017 12:29am

I had an emergency Laminectomy about 12 years ago on L5 / S1 disk. I've been diagnosed with DDD. Now, there is nothing left between these two vertebrae. I've been in pain for the last seven years on OxyCotin, oxycodone, gabapentin, cymbalta. I'm in bed 14 hours a day. Since there is no disc left between L5 and S1, I'm in the excruciating pain that is grinding. I've had my consultation with a surgeon and they said I would be back when I can't stand the pain anymore. Well it's about that time. I'm worried I'm gonna lose a lot of range of motion and may be in more pain than I am right now. Does anyone have any advice?

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Jenjar, Have you had an MRI recently? Wouldn't the cage you have suggest that fusion was expected after surgery 12 years ago? If that surgery and fusion failed, perhaps there are better ways now to assure a fusion of bone in place of the disc. I would definitely go to a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon for advice!! Best wishes - let us know how you're doing!

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Hi, Jenjar--thanks for sharing your story. We're sorry you've been dealing with so much low back pain over the years.

We recently published a Q&A with a neurosurgeon about ADR that you may find interesting ( Should I Consider Artificial Disc Replacement for My Back or Neck Pain? ). While the article focuses a bit more on cervical ADR as opposed to lumbar, we think it will give you a good understanding of what to expect from ADR, and may provide you some good conversation starters with your doctor. We hope this article is helpful, and we wish you hope you find success in whatever treatment you choose!

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