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Question for the "Professionals"?

Started by Puddlejumper on 02/24/2011 6:31am

I read the article about the fusion at L4 L5 with full instrumentation. I submit to you doctors that your answer is quite generic. The answer is not only vague but down right dangerous. I had a full Laminectomy at L1 L2 w/full instrumentation and BAK Cage. The surgery in my opinion was a total failure! The surgeons that performed the surgery said that because I lived and the bone graft DID grow to the rest of the area that the surgery was a sucess,I disagree!! I have lived in constant severe pain more so than before the surgery.The disc between L1 L2 was completely gone prior to surgery so this can give you a bit of an idea of how much pain I was in prior to the failed surgery. The doctor that performed the surgery would not acknowledge that the fusion was a failure because this would be admission to guilt and hence I could persue compensation for permanant crippling pain.
My recommendation to anyone out there considering fusion is to have nothing done and do everything you can to strendthen your abdominal muscles as well as your lower back muscles but avoid surgery anywhere but the cervical spine!
I have met only one person that has had a successful surgery and that was with disc replacement which no Insurance Company or Medicare will cover because I understand the FDA will not approve the procedure.
My question to your Doctors is: What recommendation do you have for someone that has had fusion from C5 to C7 L1 to L2 and now have been diagnosed with mild scoliosis because of the fusion failure at L1 L2. I also have another hernia at T 8 with moderate to severe degenration from T9 to L1. There is also herniations at L4 and L5 this all because I took the advice and continued to exercise to control pain. My PT told me they could not even provide me with a comprehensive at home PT therapy regimen so I began to walk. It took me three months just to be able to walk 30 yeards I slowly graduated to 3 miles after a year and a half causing much more damage to my spine because of the botched surgery at L1 L2 which started this domino affect.

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Hi puddlejumper,
I am so sorry to hear about your failed back surgery,and i in no way want to minimize it,but it is a risk we all take when we agree to surgery.Hopefully your doctor would have taken the time to have explained that prior to surgery.Please don't give up on Hope.my husband had a horribly failed back surgery and a completely different neurosurgeon agreed to take him on and try to fix him and he is wonderful now.I will be facing the same in two weeks ,i am having an l5-S1 fusion and i am well aware of all risks involved,worked in the hospitals 29 years.
Take Care,
Blessings,
Nurse Nancy in pain

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Hi puddlejumper,
I am so sorry to hear about your failed back surgery,and i in no way want to minimize it,but it is a risk we all take when we agree to surgery.Hopefully your doctor would have taken the time to have explained that prior to surgery.Please don't give up on Hope.my husband had a horribly failed back surgery and a completely different neurosurgeon agreed to take him on and try to fix him and he is wonderful now.I will be facing the same in two weeks ,i am having an l5-S1 fusion and i am well aware of all risks involved,worked in the hospitals 29 years.
Take Care,
Blessings,
Nurse Nancy in pain

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