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L5 S1 Fusion Recovery Time
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Protruding disc l4-5 l5-s1 touching both s1 roots, indents thecal sac, neural narrowing. Is this a serious problem? Whats the estimated recovery time?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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
What do you suggest if I am 17 yrs old and I have to have spinal fusion l5/s1 within the next 3 months, what should I expect ?
I have had L4/L5 fusion 2 years ago. Now there are signs of severe damage to L3/L4 and L5/S1. What can I do to slow this damage down?
Comments: There was a study demonstrating progressive arthritic deterioration above and below the site of fusion, and this seems to be your issue. Would definitely contact an expert spine surgeon but also get involved in aggressive rehabilitation program under supervision of expert physical therapy clinic. A physiatrist is also recommended. ...Read more
I had an L5-S1 TLIF with instrumentation 2/12/15. Since, I have had a rectangular swollen area about 1.5" above the fusion site. Any ideas?
Seroma: Multiple potential causes, I would discuss directly with your surgeon. One cause that is fairly common is to have developed a "Seroma" from your surgery. A Seroma is a fluid collection that can develop in healing tissues and often slowly resorb a over weeks to months after your surgery. Again, I would just make sure your surgeon is aware. ...Read more
Have annular tear at l5-s1 diagnosed by discogram i've tried all conservative modalities with zero pain relief, was told i need fusion? Any options?
You answered it your: If you have tried all conservative modalities surgery is an option. What ave you tried? Fusions are not very effective to treat back pain. If your disc is very degenerated and the discogram reproduced your pain it may be the answer. Only your spine surgeon can discuss specific options with you. This is not a question which can be answered on line with generalities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer