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Posted in: Body mechanics, and Surgery.

anyone had a lumbar vertebral body replacement?

Started by Betty's Mom on 08/20/2011 12:09pm

Hi there,
My husband (27) will be having a large benign tumor removed from the L3 lumbar vertebra next week. (We are thankful it is benign!) The tumor has destroyed one vertebra, so he will have a vertebral body replacement.
Are there any younger adults out there who have had vertebral replacements in the middle or lower back? Can you tell me what it was like?
Questions:
-Can we expect him to need a walker or a cane? For how long?
-How long after surgery are pain meds needed?
-How long before you could walk and get dressed/bathe on your own?
-How long before you could drive again?
-When were you able to go back to school/work?
-what would you tell someone who was about to have this surgery that you wish you had known?

THANKS!
Betty's mom

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