Re: Lower Back L-4-5 Fusion Success Rate
I had a fusion at L5/S1 in 06 due to an injury in the military. It took about six months to recover. I still had some minor occasional pain but nothing compared to the pre-surgery pain that radiated into the legs. I was injured again at work in late 08. L4/L5 herniated.
I did many months of conservative treatment after the 08 injury with no success. I am now two weeks or so from another fusion. Anterior and posterior fusion L4/5 and removing the old hardware (L5/S1) and replacing it in order to keep the whole area stable post op. Very basic description but gets the point across.
Now to answer your question after my first surgery, and the six months or so of healing, I was doing great. My job at the time of injury consisted of lifting, bending and twisting, sitting and standing for nearly 12 hrs a day. I was at a 4 prior to the second injury.
I would not have agreed to the upcoming surgery if it was not for the success of the first.
This was my experience and I know it is not everyone's. Good luck and hope this helps in your decision, knowing that there are successful fusions. BTW if you choose to have the fusion a positive mental outlook is helpful in the recovery process. That coupled with the post op treatment/therapy will up your odds of success.
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to opens one mouth and remove all doubt.