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... Hello Teteri and any fellow members I would like to give an update to my nerve root injury. It's over 6 months since my MIS TLIF on L4/5 and I had an EMG/NCS test last week. Here is the report from the neurologist at UCSF: Description: The results of nerve conduction studies are abnormal for : 1) reduced amplitude of the left superficial peroneal... (24 replies)
... Hello Teteri66, thanks for your reply. Yes I won't pursue another surgery until they know what is causing my pain, numbness and weakness. My foot drop is still there but slightly better, but my knee is still weak and buckled! I just finished 12 sessions of PT but it's not helping much...mostly exercise to strengthen my core and lower body. Thanks for the tip on FBSS. ... (24 replies)
... I'm probably not the right person to ask these questions of due to my personal history and past experience. I don't recall if I've ever told you of my experiences after my first surgery which was a PLIF at L4-5. Don't have time to go into it now...but surface to say, my surgeon said he could see nothing "wrong" and recommended a referral for a spinal cord stimulator trial. ... (24 replies)

... Hello Teteri, this is an update after my 6 months post-op at UCSF last Tuesday. here are the outcomes: -no improvements on numbness, pain level and weakness on left leg -pain spread to hip and buttock and calf on left leg -surgeon is at a loss as my xrays were ok, no screws pull out per surgeon -he ordered EMG and MRI with contrast but won't have appointments until... (24 replies)
... Sorry I didn't get back to your questions sooner. I was off the board for a bit. Yes MRI will show more of soft tissue, nerves etc. than CT which is good for imaging bone. An EMG can identify nerve damage. I'm having one on Monday. They aren't fun. There is lots of info, videos, etc. explaining the procedure online. My last surgery was six months ago by now. ... (24 replies)
... Hi Teteri66, thanks for your reply. my 6 months post-op 4/24/18. I will ask the surgeon for an MRI with contrast to see if there are any nerve impingements. my understanding is CT-Scan and xrays don't show nerves and tissues, so the CT I got at 3 months post-op will not show any nerves issues. Is that correct? I will also ask for a EMG/NCS for nerve damage. Would... (24 replies)
... It is possible for nerve damage to occur from placement of the patient on the table. Some surgeons are more aware of this potential danger than others and really go out of their way to be sure the patient is properly padded for the position they are in. I had some femoral nerve damage in my thigh for awhile after my first lumbar surgery, which was the posterior fusion at... (24 replies)
... Hello Teteri66, thanks for checking on me. Not much to report except more electric shocks pain that last for hours. I still try to tell myself that it's healing and NOT getting worse. But of course nobody know as you said before. I took gabapentin and baclofen at bedtime to combat those shocking pain. Numbness still the same, I kept thinking if the progression of... (24 replies)
... You haven't posted in awhile. How are things going? (24 replies)
... disc space to complete the transforaminal interbody fusion. We expanded the TLIF cage to get sold purchase. ... (24 replies)
... Hello I have 2 older threads regarding conditions before my TLIF on L4-5 in early November 2017 done at UCSF. Teterri has provided invaluable advices for last 18 months before my surgery. THANK YOU Teterri! I woke up from surgery with numbness from knee down to toes on left leg. I was told I'd dura tear during the operation and surgery took 8.5 hours instead of 3 due to... (24 replies)
... Help; over the past 6 weeks I was experiencing lower back pain. At first it was like sciatica with pains down left leg when sitting but increased to severe pain that included some saddle numbness at times. I went and after steroids, muscle relaxers , anti inflammatory I got some X-rays and an MRI. It showed L4/L5 nerve compression ,L5 / S1 disc protrusion nerve compression ,... (7 replies)
... With a TLIF there are a couple places where things can go wrong as they are attempting to stabilize from both the anterior and posterior position. ... (4 replies)
... and am scheduled for a TLIF 2 level and foraminotomy...I am 57, have a defibrilator implanted, have undergone 2 AFIB ablations and am a type 2 diabetic... ... (2 replies)
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... Hi to all the recoveries, I am just around 4 weeks post op from L5-S1 TLIF, one level fusion. I have my first op xray this week and see my Neurosurgeon on Monday the 29th. I am still in a moderate amount of pain and have decreased my pain meds from 6 Percocet per day (5/325 mg) to 4 perc per day. Tylenol xtra strength does not help with the pain :(. The pain I had prior to... (4 replies)
... I wanted to take the time to comment on my surgery and subsequent recovery from a two level TLIF surgery. I am doing this, prior to surgery, because like so many people, I read many web boards and was terrified by what I read. ... (3 replies)
... In terms of whether it is safe now for TLIF...the product is no different than it was back in 2002 and it is technically not approved for use in TLIF surgeries. The variables are the surgeon's skill in implanting the product and the patient's body's reaction to it. ... (2 replies)
... I am finding out that using Medtronic Infuse bmp for lumbar TLIF surgery is not an approved method by the FDA. ... (2 replies)
... I am having minimally invasive TLIF at two levels in another week. I am in my 50s and basically healthy. ... (2 replies)

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