Pain Miraculously gone away by 80%

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HI I had been suffering with spinal stenosis, slipped disc, spondylothesis and I also have a synovial disc on my spine. Was in excruciating pain for a whole year, 4mos out of that year I resulted to using a cane just to get to the bathroom, couldnt sit walk stand or drive for the whole 4mos. I actually really didnt want be on this earth anymore if I had to live like that. Did all the conservative therapys faithfully and was getting worser worser.

Finally was scheduled for surgery which was suppose to be Jan 9 2019, I have rescheduled the surgery. MIRACULOUSLY 2 mos ago the pain went away Im almost back to my normal self.

MY question to you guys is should I still have a spinal fusion?

Am I causing more damage by mot getting it done?

I just cant see me getting 6screws in my back and IM doing any and everything. I still have some pain in calves but can live with it.

FYI: I have not been on those additive drugs, ive tried them but to no avail... I only take flexeril and tylenol.

HAS ANYONE BEEN IN THIS SITUATION?

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    I don't know your situation but...

    When I had foraminal stenosis, my neuro completely cured me in one day with a Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (LLIF). No rails, no screws, one night in the hospital, no brace, no rehab. Miracle op. This was a few years after my TLIF fusion...rails, screws, 12 days in the hospital, six months in a brace, four months of rehab.

    They go in from your side, drill out the disk, and insert a car jack-like device. They then use an Allen wrench to expand it to separate the vertebrae and take the pressure off the nerves, backfill with a bone graft from your hip and close. Amazing...

    Search YouTube for "Globus Medical: LLIF Technique" for an animation of the op and then "Globus ELSA" for an animation of my device (there are a variety of them based on your needs). I would find a neuro who does this op to see if it would be appropriate for your particular case. Would save you tons of pain and work.

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      ...and very few people know about it. Most spine docs would rather cut you open from the back and do the rails and screws TLIF. Simpler for them. This takes a General Surgeon to open you up and move "stuff" out of the way so the neuro can get to your spine for the op. Then the GS has to put everything back in place and do the close. Yeah, two docs instead of one but my guys have done thousands of these. I'm not kidding. Woke up, ran down the hallway and climbed a set of stairs...zero pain...totally cured the stenosis.

      Again...you have to find out if this op applies to your situation. You need to find a neuro with experience doing it to see if you qualify. If yes, the decision is a no-brainer.

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      finding a surgeon is difficult. I have a tumor next to a vertebra, t11, that is not comfortable just finding a surgeon is almost impossible

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