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Fusion - Can I have some good news?

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5,082 words with 2 Comments; publish: Thu, 13 Dec 2007 05:12:00 GMT; (90093.75, « »)

Hi, everyone. This is my first post and I have spent the last couple of hours reading all of the posts and am glad to know that I am not alone with what I am experiencing!! http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/confused.gif http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/confused.gif I have spent the last 2 years in back pain. I was in a horrific car accident in Mexico (The guy who hit me head on died in this accident) and as a result I suffered two herniated discs (L4-L5, L5-S1). I tried PT, injections and last May, I had a discectomy. I had two great months of no pain in my leg or back. After that, I was walking, trying to get back into some normal type of living, and my leg just gave out, experiencing great pain in my back and leg. I ended up herniating out my lowest disc again and my L4-5 has extensive scar tissue from the discectomy, causing it to put pressure back on my nerve and having more pain than prior to my surgery. I am now scheduled for Back Fusion at two levels in two weeks, May 1, 2003, and I was hoping for some good news. Somebody that has been through this and is feeling great?? http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/dance.gif http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/dance.gif I am very concerned and don't want to be like this forever (even though I know that back injuries are permanent). I am 33 and have three young children and want to be able to enjoy them. If anybody has had this surgery, I would like to know what your results were and how is your range of motion (which is what my doctor says will be limited) http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/nono.gif http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/nono.gif

Thanks for your help and information


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    • Hi, Renee http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wave.gif

      First of all, welcome to the boards. You'll find alot of friends and help here. Am really sorry you are having to go this route, but also understand the not being able to handle it any more.

      I've had a single level fusion at L5/S1 and I understand that a two level is a little rougher. What type of fusion are you having? I had a PLIF (Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion) with two cages, titanium rods and screws and am doing absolutely great. They used bone from my own spine at the surgery site so there was no harvesting from my hip or donor bone. He did a laminectomy at the same time to harvest my own bone.

      I have not had to wear a back brace and was off pain meds not even 24 hours after surgery. Sure, it was painful standing up for the first few days, but laying there the pain was 0 and leg pain 0.

      This was without a doubt a God send for me. I am now 6 weeks out and started PT last week. Actually about 2 months ahead of the game.

      I was out of the hospital on a Monday and back to work half days on Tuesday. Yes, I push it, but I feel so great it's hard not to do the things that I've missed out on for so long!

      I'm sure there will be someone alone with good news about a 2 level. Baxter and I have a friend who had a 4 level when she was in her mid 20s I think and her recovery for that surgery was like mine now, lcmiller.

      I'll see if I can't contact her to post to you.

      Oh, yeah, my range of motion now is more than pre surgery due to the pain I had prior. http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

      Good luck - and again, what kind of fusion are you having?




      2 Discograms

      4 Level failed IDET

      4 Confirmed torn lumbar discs, 2 full thickness

      Issues now with c-spine & thoracic

      Fusion of L5/S1 scheduled 3/5/03

      Fusion successful - feeling better all the time

      #1; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 15:16:00 GMT
    • Thanks Go Big Red. I was looking for that kind of information exactly. You always hear horror stories, but not maybe the good stories. I am having double fusion, posterior with cages, screws, etc. They haven't made the decision whether they will need to use my hip bone to fuse, depending on the wearing of my discs at the time of surgery. He also said that we could use cadaver bone, but I don't think that is for me. http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/t_down.gif I went through months of reconsideration, because my doctor was making sure I had the whole story and said that maybe in five years I would be a candidate for total disc replacement, but because of the two levels, I was not even a close candidate right now. He was more concerned about my range of motion being gone forever? But I can't imagine going through another discectomy and then disc replacement and then if that fails fusion anyway. Surgery, as everybody knows takes a toll on you!!

      Thanks again for the information and keep me updated on your progress.

      Did you say you went right back to work? I was told that I wouldn't be able to drive for a couple of weeks and that no work for at least six weeks? Was your brace from your buttocks to under your bra line?

      Thanks again


      [This message has been edited by ReneeRAF (edited 04-18-2003).]

      #2; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 15:17:00 GMT