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Lumbar Fusion at L5/S1

Started by CurtisG on 04/09/2015 2:29pm

I have a question for anyone who knows. I had a fusion in 2008 at L4/5 and I now need a fusion at L5/S1 due to Degenerative Disc Disease. My doctor wants to do a 360 fusion and put new screws in my previous fusion, esentially extending my fuion to L5/S1. Is this normal? I am not excited about removing the previous screws at L4/5 to extend my previous fusion. When I asked him about it he first told me that he could do it from the front and not touch my hardware at L4/5. He then changed his mind and said he would need to do a 360 and extend my hardware.

Thanks in advance for any insight.

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Check out ADR Support Forum.com. Post your question there. Good place.


Hi.. I am 57 and had the lower lumbar fusion . I had the thorax fused in the 70's . I can only tell you Since I had the surgery after trying RF and steroid shots you name it .. I sat for 2 yrs. 9 months out of surgery I am walking a mile everyday. Can shop go on vacation. No pain pills . My pain is 95% better .. I have a life now . Hoping to play golf by Summer .. It wasn't easy and you have to push to get better .. That's what happen to me . I had 2 great Surgeons here in Beaufort Sc. My surgery was over 10 hrs so I did have numbing in my leg but now all good. Pain manageable:) God Bless