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Posted in: Kyphosis, Spinal stenosis, and Surgery.

Multi level spinal fusion surgery

From: kcjack - on 11/12/2012 11:13am

Two years ago I had spinal fusion (4-5) I was experiencing weakness and some pain in my legs prior to the surgery. The surgeon assured me that after the surgery "You will be dancing. You're whole life will change".
Since the surgery I cannot walk without a cane or a walker. I had to go on total disability from my job. blah blah blah. I went to an orthopaedic surgeon and did mri, myologram, etc. His recommendation is to replace two vertibrae in my back and fuse the rest of my spine (I have kyphosis pretty bad)
My concern is that back pain was never my main problem. I have had some back issues but my problem was my legs. Before my first stenosis surgery I could walk ok without a cane. After a few hours of standing and walking my legs would become weak but I never needed a "Crutch" I am afraid of this recommended MAJOR surgery because of the way I ended up after the first one. Thanks to all for any comments.

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on 11/14/2012 4:09am

hey! I just had disc replaced with fusion of L3,4,5 and S1. Right after surgery I could not move my legs at all. I had a 360 surgery. 16 inch vertical incision down stomach and two 5 inch ones in back. I have had back surgery before, but this surgery is soooooooooo hard and recovery is very long. nerve damage is normal after this. When they move all your guts it shocks nerves. They started me on extremely high dose of Lyrica and it helped. I had to stop it because side effects got to be too bad....but now with therapy 3x a week it is helping. I am still in a lot of pain. Fusion has not taken yet and no bone growth.So still no work for me. I can't lift,bend,twist. It is not what I expected. Depression is awful. My doctor made a mandatory psych visit before surgery and said everyone needs to start antidepressant before. I did not believe him. I am grateful now...Today was a good day for me and I saw a glimmer of hope. I think realistically go into it knowing it will be a long recovery is better, than what my doctor did and made it sound not so bad. :) Good luck!!!!!

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on 11/15/2012 10:31am

Gatormom:
Thank you for you insight. I had a feeling that this would be the case with me after surgery. I really do not think that it is worth the risk. Thanks again!

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