T3-T9 Laminectomy and Fusion
Hope everyone had a pleasant Thanksgiving.
I'm scheduled to undergo a T3-T9 lami & fusion in a few weeks and have not had much luck getting insights from others who have had similar work done.
What was the pain like?
When were you able to be on your own?
How long out of work? When were you able to tolerate resuming a limited work schedule?
Was your surgery done posteriorly ot from the side?
Prior to surgery, did anyone experience upper hip/pelvic bone pain? Did it resolve with surgery?
Some history: Not knowing the thoracic issues, I had a L4-L5 microdiscectomy in July 2011 and was back to work in 8 days (slow at first obviously).
In addition to the thoracic spine, an incidental liver tumor was found and they will be removin git a few days after the spine surgery.
With my history, they think I can return to work with a limited schedule in 4 weeks. i work in finance, so no physical labor - just have to get up every 15-20 minutes as sitting is less than ideal.
I have not read any stories that pain was relieved after this type of surgery. most seem to develop more pain. And i certainly have not heard of anyone experiencin hip pain in relation to Tspine issues.
Although there is noted nerve compression at T10-T11, they are not addressing that. NOt sure why as I can't get a straight answer from my doctor or nurse.
I've seen another doctor for a second opinion but there really are not any other spine surgeons in my city with the depth of Thoracic spine surgical experience as the on I'm scheduled with. There are tons of great spine surgeons just none with this type of experience worth mentioning.