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fusion surgery

Started by routerunner9 on 12/12/2010 9:58am

hello any one out there, i was wanting information from the folks who have had this done. i need a 3 way fusion i have not been in for the disscussion on what his procedure is. my doctor is a good nuerosurgeon by others comments and his waiting room takes 40 minutes just to see him. i was wondering where do they cut and what do they do with the damaged dicsk.do the fix them or use plates and screws. i appreciate any ones advice.god bless to all but im going crazy.

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hi routerunner....i'm no doc but i will try to explain. one common thing to all fusions is the joining of 2 or more vertebrae to solidify the structure, there are many different kinds. some remove the disc and replace it with something solid like bone graft material. some keep the disc intact. some use hardware, some your own hip bone, some cadaver bone. each individual has a different situation. in some the vertebrae is slipped out of kilter, some have very little disc remaining. so you really need to go over the details with the surgeon. hope that helps....pete

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Hello Routerunner9, i'm not a doc, but I have gone through the surgery. I had a Lumbar fusion at my L5-S1 w/ 2 rods, 4 screws, and a cage put in. It has been a year since the surgery and I just found out that I have 2 broken screws at my L-5. I had a great doc, hell I'm military we have the best. But sometimes they tell me that this stuff happens. I went almost the entire time still in pain and now I need a 2nd surgery to fix the broken screws. So in other words ya, I get to go through this all over again. If you can try to go through all other options before you have surgery. If you look a little more on Google, there are video's that show you the entire surgery. I hoped this helped and I know your pain. Keep your head up!

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thanks pete and thanks ordie, i will look up fusion surgery. good luck to both of you. i am preety scared but i appreciate your advise

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dear routerunner9
in oct. 2001 , i had a *laminectomy / grind up - re'packed discs core / fusion - plate / rods / *6 pedicle screws / cage wrap in lower back L-4-5 , S-1 area from much pain down *left leg from hip / and left foot drag . *after the orthopedic surgery , still severe pain remained , + *deep ache around fusion . treatment of all kinds , nothing worked for relief . ( doctor didnt really have any helpful answers ? ) - said finally : "learn to live with it". that pretty much i was on my own ? pain meds / short acting / long acting , physical therapy , patch , prolotherapy , tens electrical unit , acupuncture , etc. - nothing ever worked to give any relief . 2 years later , after searching out 3 new opinions and MRI / Mylogram pictures , surgeon did a 2nd. operation to remove hardware . "pain level was no less than before" . would be nice to have had a better outcome / *ten years of living with this painful limited mobility . ask a lot of serious questions , get *several medical opinions of what doctor thinks is wrong , and most important ... "ask" what can you reasonably expect from surgery's outcome ?
alc

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