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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 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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Herniated l5-s1 herniation post l5-s1 laminectomy w/ fusion, why can't i be surgically treated when all has failed ?

Vague question: Assuming you mean why _further_ surgery is not advised (the laminectomy & fusion certainly are surgeries!) there may be many factors including general health. However, i would suspect that scar tissue formation around nerves in the area of prior surgery may be so intertwined with the nerves, matted down, that one might easily damage the nerves trying to take away the scar tissue. ...Read more

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L5/s1 fusion 8 weeks ago. Just started light duty. I occasionally feel a very slight crackling at the fusion site and I am having tailbone pain. Normal?

L5/s1 fusion 8 weeks ago. Just started light duty. I occasionally feel a very slight crackling at the fusion site and I am having tailbone pain. Normal?

Can be normal,: But be cautious and check with your surgeon. It is not uncommon to have clicking sounds from increased motion just above and just below fusion site, but if it is coming specifically from the site, it may be different. The tail bone pain can be from altered spinal alignment secondary to the fusion and should adjust, but make sure that you discuss with your physician just to be safe. ...Read more

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I will be having a 360 fusion at L5 s1 how long will the procedure take and what can I expect for a hospital stay?

I will be having a 360 fusion at L5 s1 how long will the procedure take and what can I expect for a hospital stay?

Depends: If this involves an incision that opens the abdomen, a few days on the hospital is topical, but you would need to check with your surgeon to be sure. Give them a call, and they will get back to you with the info. Hope this helps! ...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