I am wanting to know if it is normal that a person still have muscle cramps, moderate pain and tingling in the legs almost three years after the fusion?
I had a lumbar fusion done from the anterior approach in December of 2009. This done after two other spine surgeries. I am still experiencing everything that I mentioned in my question. My orthopedic spine surgeon that did the fusion has retired and said that nothing else can be done.
I have read that there could be a fusion done from the backside of the spine instead of the anterior, is tha the case? If so, then I would like to have this done.
I live in Guymon Oklahoma and would be willing to drive up to see you. This after which I have all my MRIs and x rays in hand. Allbeit, these studies are quite old, and I am sure you would like to take some more of your own. I would like to have this looked at again. I still have some instability after the fusion surgery. I had L4-L5/L5-S1 fused
You have a condition called failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). After your first two surgeries that I assume were decompressions, you eventually had an anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF). You can read about both of these topics on the website.
The questions are if you have a solid fusion at L4-5 or L5-S1, if you have residual nerve compression of those level or some form of permanent nerve injury. The answers to those questions can be determined from a new CT scan, a new MRI, X-rays including flexion and extension films and a thorough physical examination.
If you want to come to the office, I cannot prescribe these studies beforehand. However, I can have all those studies obtained the day you come to the office. Please call my office and talk to one of my nurses for further information.