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I was wondering can someone give me some advice, about Back Surgery Fusion?

Started by mspeach on 06/22/2010 7:19pm

I will like to know has anyone had this done? If so has it helped your back feel better?

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I am a pre-surgery patient. I will be having a Laminectomy at L4-L5 and a Fusion at L3-L4. My pain management doctor tells me the success rate is approximately 33% get better , 33% stay the same and 33% get worse! I've done research online and talked to a lot of people. If you're in out-of-control pain 10plus. I take OxyContin 60s twice a day oxycodone 15s six times a day mobice twice a day. If you can't work or do anything else it's time to get fixed. I've looked into laser surgery just about every one I've talked to on that are in pain within a year. I'm sick from pain (vomiting) six days a month. I am very nervous ,my surgery is July 22. I telling you my reasons why to remind myself why I'm going through with a major surgery. I was in no car accidents didn't slip or fall. My reason is for having spine problems. From obesity and the work I've done all my life. I'm fortunate I lost the weight so I can have the surgery done. I will keep you up to date on how I'm doing. Thanks for listening I hope this helps you little. Sam

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no i feel worse then every leg pain is worse toes are tingling and leg is numb had surgery 5months ago

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Baily,
what surgery did you have done? Was it laser surgery or open surgery? I hope you feeling better now. Sam

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I've had laminectomies from L3-4 through S1 as well as two fusions in the same area. Two separate fusions and both were very successful and eliminated my pain. I was b

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I've had laminectomies from L3-4 through S1 as well as two fusions in the same area. Two separate fusions and both were very successful and eliminated my pain. I was b

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I've had laminectomies from L3-4 through S1 as well as two fusions in the same area. Two separate fusions and both were very successful and eliminated my pain. I was b

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I've had laminectomies from L3-4 through S1 as well as two fusions in the same area. Two separate fusions and both were very successful and eliminated my pain. I was b

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I've had laminectomies from L3-4 through S1 as well as two fusions in the same area. Two separate fusions and both were very successful and eliminated my pain. I was back riding my motorcycle and skydiving a year later. Good luck with yours.

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Hi, when I was 21 (a long time ago - 42 yrs) I had disc degeneration for 5 years prior to surgery.
I was in plaster casts for l year twice, and wore a surgical brace. No amount of physio helped and the relief was temporary from the plaster casts. I had 5 discs remove and a anterior spinal fusion with screws and bone fixation etc. from my pelvis. Two years later I was still in pain and still had a crooked look to my body. I then had another patch on the fusion through the back this time and bone was fixed from my leg. I have had a life of pain and have to say I am not sure if I had my time again or rather in this era, I would have a fusion. Over the years I have to be very aware of my limitations. I wore a brace for l0 years then got off the pills and brace myself. I went to an Osteopath and he is brilliant for me. I walk every day, practice Tai Chi have a weekly massage and try to watch my weight.
Exercise is very difficult with this problem. Sport was impossible and over the years it has become
less difficult for me to accept my back will never really improve. My neck has been degenerated for about 20 years but I refused surgery and have coped with the above help. A positive outlook is very important and I think more help should be given re the mental stress this condition causes.
I had two pregnancies in the 70's which were very tough and I wore special braces and had ceasars. My neck began to play up breastfeeding so I presume the pregnancies didnt do me much good - except for my wonderful boys!.
Good luck with your back! Hope some of my information helps.

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I understand how looking forward to a major surgery is scary. Try to relax and think about a year from now and the possible improvement in your pain level.

I have about the same experience as the lady above except I have had three spinal fusions. Two out of three improved my life so much. I had 20 years after the first before I needed additional surgery. The second was after another 15 years before the next.This one was a dream. I was walking around the block in 1 1/2 weeks. I was able to 'feel normal' between each of those. Well worth the pain of surgery [oh yes, there will be pain, but you WILL be able to handle it]

The third surgery went wrong somehow. I ended up with nerve damage in my left leg, ankle and foot. Recovery was six months. I have leg numbness. I've been able to retrain my muscles to lift my foot, so that I can walk with canes. I have balance problems as well.

Now you ask should you do it? I can only say that I am going in for my fourth to remove the rods and replace them with cages. I'm going to a specialist in abnormal spinal conditions [not sure if it was good or bad that I was accepted as a patient. I hadn't admitted to myself that I was abnormal until my first appointment. It is important to me to try again because I had those two operations that were so good. It was a difficult decision because it entails two operations, but I have faith that this will help me. We have to look on the positive side and look to the future.

I'll be praying for you this month. Please say a prayer for me in September.

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