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Doc wants to remove disk and do fusion, herniated disk L5 s1. What is recovery time and what is there a high chance of pain relief?

Doc wants to remove disk and do fusion, herniated disk L5 s1. What is recovery time and what is there a high chance of pain relief?

Depends on procedure: There r many ways 2 fuse: anterior, posterior, or both. The 1 2 best advise u is ur surgeon. If u have doubts get an answer 2 which procedure is proposed ; why. If still not satisfied getting a second opinion is in order, but get all the details 1st. ...Read more

Fusion (Definition)

A fusion gets rid of a joint or disk between to bones, getting the bones to join together with bone between them. If successful, it eliminates almost all the motion between the bones. Sometimes fusion simply occur as a result of disease, rarely from aging. Most of the time ...Read more


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I heard fusion is the best way to fix severe disc desiccation on l5-s1. All other nonsurgical procedure didn't work the past 4 yrs.Time for surgery?

Replacement possible: Fusion is gold standard but disc replacement is done as well at this level. Goggle active xl and prodisc for lumbar disc replacement to learn more. This is done in limited centers in us. Dr jochen feil md in hiddleburg germany is an e pert in this procedure. ...Read more

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I have an L5 s1 herniated disc. I am having surgery next week. What can I expect? How long is recovery time? Will I be able to perform daily tasks?

I have an L5 s1 herniated disc. I am having surgery next week. What can I expect? How long is recovery time? Will I be able to perform daily tasks?

Back surgery: Recovery time could be 4-6 weeks or more depending on how extensive your surgery is. Every back is different, and your surgeon will determine whether you will benefit from just a microdiscectomy or whether you will require a more extensive laminectomy or even fusion. You should still be able to perform activities of daily living with necessary precautions. ...Read more

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After l5-s1 fusion i continue w/ the same diag. L5-s1 herniation, why can't it be surgically corrected ?

Scalpel not answer: Surgery is not always the answer. And for back problems, there is increasing data to say that is truly the case. Excercise and rehab have been shown to be very good treatments for back pain. Having been previously fused, it may not even be possible to get to the disk again. ...Read more

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I have a reherniation and collapsed disc at the L5-S1 level. In 2006 I had a microdiscect at the same level. Is microdiscect or fusion appropriate now?

I have a reherniation and collapsed disc at the L5-S1 level. In 2006 I had a microdiscect at the same level. Is microdiscect or fusion appropriate now?

It depends: If you only have leg pain, then redo-microdiscectomy is the appropriate surgery. If you have severe back pain worse than leg pain, then fusion is the better surgery for you. The back pain should be in the center and should be associated with movement and use of your back. If you have both that are equal, you can have either but discectomy may leave you with back pain requiring fusion in the future ...Read more

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L5&s1 fusion 10/10/13. How soon can I have an mri?

L5&s1 fusion 10/10/13. How soon can I have an mri?

Usually 6 wks after: Usually you can have an MRI 6 weeks after your surgery, provided that all the devices are MRI safe. Typically with fusion, all the implanted hardware is MRI safe. If you have an epidural pain pump, that is another story and should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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Does an extruded disc fragment, very painful, require surgery, and fusion surgery l5-s1 help with the pain?

Does an extruded disc fragment, very painful, require surgery, and fusion surgery l5-s1 help with the pain?

See a back surgeon: This is a complex issue and is highly dependent upon the actual lesion, the patient and the extent of symptoms. Surgical fusion may or may not be helpful, and sometimes makes things worse. Find a highly recommended surgeon and let them evaluate and recommend management. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have had a two-level spinal fusion (l5-s1). What is the best way to avoid (or prolong) adjacent disc disease?

Not much : Accelerated adjacent segment degeneration is relatively common and concerns adverse effects following spinal fusion. It is believed that this accelerated degeneration is due in large part to increased mechanical stress on the adjacent motion segments. Stay in shape, do not gain weight. ...Read more

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