I had a titanium bolt placed in the L3_L4 is 2010 by a very good neurosurgeon in the Charleston, SC region.
This area is in tact and doing very good.
I was told then the eventually it could cause more stress on the one above and below which is what has now happened.
Due to arthritic degeneration on the S1 , the doctor says he would have to include this for a second surgery.
I'm holding off as long as possible but quality of life is getting less. (no bending), have to be careful getting up from chair and sitting down in chair. Usually have to take a pain pill to sleep at night.
Has anyone out there had this second surgery (fusion from L3_S1) and how are you doing now? The doctor says after this second surgery I can have quality of life but that I should hope not to ever have a 3rd surgery.
Any comments or suggestions. I have tried the spinal injections.