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... 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)
... I had a TLIF of L5/S1 in 2013. I have been extremely thankful with my surgery and have made almost a full recovery. The only thing I've noticed is that my core is not as strong as it used to be. However, I am pretty much, pain-free and that is what I really wanted. I was in terrible shape. Forty-three years old and my husband was having to help me out of bed! I can say... (3 replies)
... Yes I have. They still have very qualified and noted neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons on staff.. Not looking for them to say hey our laser will fix all yet rather see if there suggested procedures will be as invasive as a fusion. I'm just not sure that a fusion is better than other less severe options. Taking my time with this. LSI is just another place to get another... (7 replies)

... Have you thoroughly researched them? It is a somewhat controversial commercial enterprise. (7 replies)
... i been searching for information on bone stimulator and 92% solid fusion if used right after surgery. Was only able to find one thing about if failed fusion 67%. It seems that it works pretty good so should be not much need to redo fusion surgery. So I been wearing one a a week not sure for how long surgery was 10-27-15 L3L4 TLIF one rod and two screws on left side only (4 replies)
... Going to laser spine institute next week for 2nd opinion. They have both orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons on staff. Hoping for some less invasive options (7 replies)
... One injection only .... Yeah the insurance company wouldn't even pay for my MRI ... Paid that outta pocket and now we are appealing the denials with diagnoses in hand (7 replies)
... If you have a lot of central canal stenosis or something similar, the spine surgeon may have felt PT would not do any good. Or he may feel the nerve is so compressed that it is just a matter of time before the cauda equina will need emergency attention...or something like that. Usually certain treatments must be tried and must fail before insurance carriers will cover the... (7 replies)
... Thank you. I am definitely going to get a second opinion. I am very concerned that since I mentioned the brief one time incident where it was total numbness that perhaps they are reacting according to that as well as the MRI image . I know ESI only blocks the pain and doesn't repair the damage but it is night and day different. By no means am I pain free as I still get those... (7 replies)
... Welcome to the board. First, I would get an opinion from another spine surgeon. Whenever one is facing a surgery as big as a spinal fusion, it is always a good idea as opinions can differ. If you saw an orthopedic spine surgeon, you might want to see or neurosurgeon, or vice versa. Keep in mind that sciatic pain is a symptom of whatever is going on in your spine. ... (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)
Sep 21, 2013
... Hello, I am new here. I am 8 weeks post op for a tlif on July 18th l5-s1 right side pain and numbness. The surgery went ok, my problem with my collapsed disc was fixed and the right side was so much better. All my problems were on the right side. Well, I woke up and my left leg has hurt pretty bad ever since. I fell down my stairs 1 week post op. This left side leg... (2 replies)
... stamina back. At 6 months. I did have cervical neck fusion in July then TLIF in November so last year was a long long recovery for me, you may not get as worn out as I did. Please try to build up your abdomen muscles before your surgery. ... (6 replies)

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