L3 and L4 refer to the middle segments of the lumbar (low back) spinal column. During an L3 and L4 spinal fusion surgery, these normally movable component pieces in the spine are plated together to ease pressure on nerves that cause severe pain. Spinal fusion may also be combined with a procedure to trim back or replace bone that is compressing nerves and causing pain.
Your spinal column is the body’s central support column. The spine connects all the parts of our skeleton together at the arms, chest, head, legs, pelvis, and shoulders. The spine is made up of stacked bone segments known as vertebrae. Between each vertebra are intervertebral discs that are made up of tough fibrous tissue with a gelatinous core that cushions the bone. The spinal cord carries electrical impulses via the central nervous system. This makes the health of your spine of paramount importance.
Arthritis and injury can cause this critical support system to pinch on the circulatory system that runs through and around the spine. That’s what happened to Tim, and he says the pain was excruciating at a level 10.
L3 and L4 spinal surgery enabled him to get his life back on track. He says, “When I fully recovered, I could walk a lot more. I can exercise. I can do my Bowflex. They really gave my life back.”
The only complication Tim experienced was with his insurance carrier. He says, “My insurance wanted to deny my surgery. I was scared because I thought I wasn’t going to be able to get my surgery. Mr. Goll’s team told me to let them handle it. They fought with me and saw my side. When I was scared, they told me, “Don’t worry, we’ll handle everything”—which they did.”