I had two back surgeries, the first one was a PLIF/TLIF fusion at L4-5. The long short story is that the surgeon failed to fix two other problems, where there was compression of my spinal nerves. After the surgery, there was a lot of post op swelling, which only increased the already significant amounts of compression in those two areas above and below where he did the fusion and I wound up with Cauda Equina Syndrome- it's where there is significant compression of the spinal nerves which causes permanent damage to the cord and the nerves coming from it. Neurogenic bladder is where there is damage to the nerves going to the bladder and in some cases, the bowel as well. I unfortunately have both damaged. I had a salvage/revision operation 17 months after my first fusion, because I didn't fuse, so they had to redo it, they also had to replace two screws that were backing out of the vertebrae, and they tried to free up the nerves where he hadn't fixed them the first time- different surgeon did the 2nd operation. He told me that the nerves, or what was left of them were like old, brittle lace- and that it looked like they would disintegrate if he touched them.
Anyway, I hope that your surgery goes truly well and that it takes care of what is causing the pain that you are having. The TLIF spares more of the muscles than the PLIF surgery. In a TLIF , they go to the side of the vertebrae instead of going from a midline approach, which is supposed to make the recovery a bit less difficult. I would just be really careful and if you don't feel that your body is ready to go back to work in two weeks, then don't......listen to your body.
If I can answer anything for you, please just ask away.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.
Avascular necrosis of left wrist- maybe hips too