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Spinal Fusion t12 to l5

Started by Azelk on 05/24/2017 5:43pm

I've had previous fusion at t12 to l2 and l4 to l5 with laminectomy in between. Experiencing debilitating pain since. Multiple opinions received indicating need total fusion between t12 and l5. Has anyone had this type of surgery and what we're the permanent limitations, bending etc

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Hi, Azelk--thank you for your post! While we don't have a personal experience to share about the type of fusion you describe, we'd like to share some information we think may be helpful.

We think it's great that you got multiple opinions about this procedure--spine surgery is a big deal, and more opinions typically means a more informed patient. Did the surgeons you spoke with detail the risks and benefits of this type of surgery? And, if so, did those risks and benefits align? Overall, getting the "real story" from a prospective spine surgeon (and not something that sounds too-good-to-be-true) is most important before undergoing a procedure. Below are some articles that contain good questions to ask your spine surgeon before proceeding with a procedure:
( Complex Spine Surgery: Your Questions Answered )
( Spine Surgery: Questions to Ask Your Doctor )

We hope these articles help and wish you the very best of luck!


Hi, Between 1997 and 2002, I had single fusion after single fusion only to have another place that hurt. My surgeon said that when you fuse between two vertbrae, it makes the next ones to the top and bottom work harder and wear out quicker. Anyway, in 2003, we decided to fuse everything that was left. After a 17 hour surgery, I was in intensive care for 6 days. Then in a regular room for a couple days, then home in a big brace. After 6 weeks, the pain was mostly gone and I was healing well. I forgot to say that I have scoliosis and had it stabalized with a Harrington Rod and fusion in mid-back in 1978. Now, in 2017, I have chronic pain because my back muscles are very weak. I can bend to the side on my left side enough to wipe myself, but not to my right side at all. I use a grabber to pick things up from the floor. I can't lift my 16month old great-grandson, but he can come to me. There are a lot of pros and cons, but overall, I think I would do it again. I go to a pain control clinic, which I would very much recommend. Let us know what you decide to do. Good luck!!!