Has anyone had a fusion of this size that will tell me about their experience?
I have Thoraco-Lumbar Scoliosis with T4-T10 curve measuring 30 degrees and T10-L4 measuring 45 degrees. There is disc desiccation, loss of disc heights, retrolisthesis, disc bulging, annular bulging, broad based annular bulging hernation, arthritis,etc.
I have put off surgery as long as possible, and have slowly given up many of them.
many activities in my life along the way, while dealing with increasing pain and limitations.
I am still fairly active and on the worst day it takes me 25 mins to get out of bed and on the best day I can do a light gym workout. Oh I am 47 yo, healthy other than this, and fairly strong.
As i put off the surgery and deterioration continues the size of the surgery required grows larger.
Just a few months ago, I found out that I had passed the window for a lumbar fusion as the deterioration my spine moved upward. If I was to opt for it now (in the hopes of staving off a larger surgery later) I need 10-S1 (at least). As it deteriorates further (probably
within the year I will need T3-S1....
What to do? Keep plugging along until the pain is just too great and do the entire spine then, or make a decision to do a 'smaller' surgery now in hopes of preserving some part of my upper spine fusion free?