Anyone had surgery on spine who also has osteopenia or osteoporosis
I have a double whammy. I have spondylolisthesis at L4/L5 and it causes some sciatica/left knee and leg pain that I’ve treated with epidural injections with some relief and with physical therapy. An orthopedic surgeon and two neurosurgeons have said that the only way to fix this when I’m “ready” is a fusion. I also have osteopenia – not osteoporosis yet. Took the oral meds for years and was taken off due to stable scans and some improvement. Density has decreased somewhat since two years ago and internist wants to start medication but I have reflux so she sent me a hematologist for injections – she told me that I can’t take the oral meds anymore and all she can do is Prolia. I’m reluctant so am waiting to see a new endocrinologist (I moved and had to find a new one). Wondering how anyone who has had a fusion has fared if their bone density was also low?