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should i have alif fusion or not?worried about risks involved, any advice?

Started by tjr5753 on 02/02/2017 11:57pm

.have had two surgical opinions. the ortho wants to do an alif fusion, the neurosurgeon thinks that i should do more pt and if that doesnt work do an alif fusion.like you i have heard the horror stories of fusions, and im hesitant to go thru with the surgery, i had a microdiscectomy on the right side of l5 s1 disk in sept 2016, it just made the pain worse.i just want to get back to a somewhat normal life.i have tried epidurals,pt, nerve blocks, medrol packs, currently on gabapentin 300mg/a day.any advice?

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Hello, and thanks for your questions! You're clearly putting a lot of thought and consideration into your spine surgery decision, and that's the right approach.

The thought of having spine surgery can be just plain scary. You're definitely not alone in feeling unsure about whether to go through with it. We've found that the best way to move forward is by having a frank conversation with your spine surgeon to fully understand the risks, benefits, and all the key details about what the surgery entails. The more educated you are, the more confident you will be with whatever decision you make.

Those honest conversations, though, seem easy until you're sitting with the spine surgeon and your mind goes blank. That's why we have some articles that will give you some good questions to ask:
( Spine Surgeon Tells Patients How to Prepare for an Appointment )
( Second Opinion on Spine Surgery: Rude or Smart? )
( 6 Topics to Help You Talk with Your Spine Surgeon )
( Spine Surgery: Questions to Ask Your Doctor )

Keep us posted on what you decide to do. Whatever direction you take, we wish you the very best of luck!