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What to do if I had surgery (tlif L4 5 L5 s1) and recently found out that What to do if I had a failed fusion.?

That depends on what. you mean by that-did the fusion not heal or did the fusion heal & you have persistent symptoms. 1st case may require another surgery to achieve fission. This may best be achieved by minimizing factors that affect healing like smoking in addition to a 360 surgery or front & back approach surgery with the addition of bone morphogenic protein to help with the fusion. If 2nd case, speak to your doc. Read more...

What are the possible risks of NOT having surgery when anterior lumbar interbody fusion with posterior fixation is indicated (ALIF L4, L5, S1, fix L5-S1?

Depends. Have you tried nonsurgical options? Surgery is typically indicated if you're having neurologic dysfunction and/or chronic intractable pain from a serious disc herniation and have failed to improve with conservative options. At your age make sure that you've had a couple of opinions and have tried nonsurgical options including physical therapy, medication, and possibly injections. Read more...

I herniated a disc in low back, now I have lost the sensation to pee will they have to do surgery on me? I have previous herniations at l4-l5 l5-s1

Highly likely. You need to contact your spine surgeon or go to er asap if you are having difficulty controlling bowel or bladder (starting or stopping), preferably a large enough hospital that would have 24hr MRI access, as this would be the test of choice to see what is going on, and so surgeon can decide if might improve with steroids / conservative mgmt, or will need surgery. Read more...

Pcp & chiro agree I should consider surgery for lower back l3-4 bulge l4-5 herniation l5-s1 bulge. I'm scared what do I need to know and consider?

Ask. Ask for an opinion from a reputable neurosurgeon or ortho that does back surgery. Most bulges are treated medically unless there is nerve damage that might become permanent . With time the disk will dehydrate and diminish in size with decrease of symptoms without surgery. Read more...
Second opinion . While some people do get great relief from back surgery. There is a large population of unhappy people out there who go down a spiral of terrible pain , followed by more survey followed by more pain . Read more...
Back Pain. Glad to hear you saw your doc and a chiro doc. Please continue to consult w/them but consider other modalities. Your pain is real and from a physical situation but goes through your brain. Consider biofeedback, clinical hypnosis (www.asch.net) and search John Sarno, MD, for body-mind approach. Peace and good health. Read more...

What are cures for chronic nerve pain caused by back surgery scar tissue pressing on the nerves. L4, l5, l5, s1?

If all other causes . Have been ruled out then time and medication can help along with various pain management techniques ranging from injections to a spinal cord stimulator. Read more...

I have pain only in my feet. Had MRI of Lumbar shows L5-S1 broad disc buldge and l4-l5. Have had pain for 18+ months. Meds don't help. Surgery?

Foot pain. We should be looking for a source of pain in your distal leg and feet rather than in the spine. You may want to see a specialist in neurology or physiatry or even podiatry. Surgery would only be done to correct an anatomic abnormality that produces symptoms. Read more...
TARSAL TUNNEL? If only in the feet, maybe you have something called "tarsal tunnel syndrome."It's like carpal tunnel in the wrist. A podiatrist can treat this, but will probably need a neurologist who can order a test to see how well the nerve is working. It's called a NCV test. Sincerely, Dr. Latva. Read more...

I'm having pain in my lower left side mainly when I lay down. Had back surgery 4yrs ago l4, l5, S1, could this cause my pain? Can a bad mattress causeit

Yes, need evaluation. A bad mattress, muscle spasm and adjacent level disease are just a few of the possibilities so you should be thoroughly evaluated. I recommend you see your spine surgeon again and updated imaging and more PT may be the next step. Keep us updated. . Read more...