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Old Fusion Issues

Started by JonCLP on 01/26/2011 10:57pm

I had a triple laminectomy and triple fusion (L3-L5) almost twenty years ago. They now tell me that the screws are impinging upon the spinal nerves and are what have been the cause of serious additional pain. Is there anything that can be done about that now? Any new procedures available if more fusions are necessary?

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I wish you the best of luck. From 2001 through 2008 I had five lumbar laminectomy and fusions. I had one fusion then I had problems with the next one up so they fused that and so forth. Now my lumbar vertebrate are all fused.
Now I am having problems with L5-5. I have spondylisthesis at this level and is putting a lot of pressure on my nerves there.
I am presently looking on the Internet on new procedures. I heard that when you redo a fusion it can cause more problems.
I am trying my best to stay away from yet another major surgery.
I wish you the best!!!

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I have the same fusions but they did mine 2 yrs ago, I also have 4 fusions now in my neck and can feel the ones above and below going out. I really really wish I had a answer for you. Did they do the front and back on your lumbar fusions. They did both on me at once because the Dr. said it is a wieght bearing area and they had too. I'm thinking maybe if they didn't they could fix the hardware giving you the problems and do the other side. Maybe they could add a plate or something to help stabilize it also. I'm really sorry I'm not much help. If you are in the Houston Area the best Dr. by far is Dr. Kushwaha. I hope you the best and hope they get you well and out of pain my friend. At least you know about this site and have support. I am going to subscribe to this discussion just so hopefully I will find out eventualy you are o.k. and found what you needed. Please let us know how they fix it.

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Just one last note in case you ever need it. I had a Pain Pump implanted on 12-23-2010. It is making a world of difference for me. I had to be on so much medicine because my pain levels are so high that I gave new meaning to the word couch patatoe. Everytime they adjust the punp a little higher the less pain medicine I need. They have to bring it up really slow due to spinal cerebral pressures that have to be adjusted slowly. Just a thought for in the future. The only bad part about the pump surgery was the first week if I sat up it was instant Migraine the headaches were so bad. I could lay down and in a few minutes be fine. Those have almost gone away but do take some medicine for the headaches. Not a permanent problem though. I do feel like I am finally getting my life back and have been able to do more since the pump implant than I have been able to in 3 1/2 yrs.

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Joeybobbie
I have the same fusions but they did mine 2 yrs ago, I also have 4 fusions now in my neck and can feel the ones above and below going out. I really really wish I had a answer for you. Did they do the front and back on your lumbar fusions. They did both on me at once because the Dr. said it is a weight bearing area and they had too. I'm thinking maybe if they didn't they could fix the hardware giving you the problems and do the other side. Maybe they could add a plate or something to help stabilize it also. I'm really sorry I'm not much help. If you are in the Houston Area the best Dr. by far is Dr. Kushwaha. I hope you the best and hope they get you well and out of pain my friend. At least you know about this site and have support. I am going to subscribe to this discussion just so hopefully I will find out eventually you are o.k. and found what you needed. Please let us know how they fix it.

Wolven56
They did L-2, S-1 posterior and T-12, L-1 anterior.
I live in Pittsburgh PA. The surgeon that I have is very good and well known. So I am happy with that.
I had two CT Epidural Steroid Injections (CT ESI) in the fall last year. They said it was supposed to be a lot better than having the Fluoroscopy procedure done. To me, they were about the same. I was back hurting again.
All last week and this week my tail bone "coccyx" has been hurting bad and my left leg is weak. I even limp at times. So this Wednesday the Pain Management Center will be performing a lumbar caudal nerve block injections. I had this procedure last year. To me.. it really did not help me that much. About two weeks after the pain in that area was starting to come back. I know my doctor is hesitant about redoing L4, S1 fusion again but how many steroid shots are too much? That is starting to worry me but I really do not want another damn OPERATION! So I am stuck in the middle with uncertainty, fear, frustration, and depression.

Joeybobbie 2 days 23 hours ago

Just one last note in case you ever need it. I had a Pain Pump implanted on 12-23-2010. It is making a world of difference for me. I had to be on so much medicine because my pain levels are so high that I gave new meaning to the word couch potato. Every time they adjust the pump a little higher the less pain medicine I need. They have to bring it up really slow due to spinal cerebral pressures that have to be adjusted slowly. Just a thought for in the future. The only bad part about the pump surgery was the first week if I sat up it was instant Migraine the headaches were so bad. I could lay down and in a few minutes be fine. Those have almost gone away but do take some medicine for the headaches. Not a permanent problem though. I do feel like I am finally getting my life back and have been able to do more since the pump implant than I have been able to in 3 1/2 yrs.

Wolven56
My doctor never mentioned a pain pump yet...
I will let you know about what exactly they will do on Wednesday.

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Good luck on the procedure, Sure sounds like you have some nerves being pressured on the left leg pain. Hopefully the injections will help this time but I'm like you that they didnt do anything for my pain. Keep us posted on how you are doing.
Best of luck my friend and hope they are able to fix whatever is causing all the pain without another operation. I'm with you, I really don't know if I can handle any more.

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