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I'm having a PLIF!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:22 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Finally, after 10 months of suffering and lots of waiting, I got my 2nd opinion on tuesday and I saw my original surgeon again today. He is happy to do the surgery! He will remove the Dynesys hardware and then replace it with a PLIF. What I found very telling was when he was dictating what was required for the surgery, he said they would need a Dynesys removal kit. Then he went on to say that he has had to do revisions on every single Dynesys patient they have had!

So, he is hoping that he will be able to get me in to have this done sometime in September - that I was not expecting! So now it's a mixture of excitement and extreme nervousness, especially as he has just gone through all the possible risks and complications, and warned me that after all that this may not actually work with regards to lessening my pain. But it's a risk worth taking in my opinion.

So, the only down side to all of this is that I now have to rush to find my dog a new home. As some of you already know I am struggling to take care of him and I'm just not going to be able to do it after the surgery. It really saddens me but it has to be done :( I've decided to keep my cats for now, and just see how things go. They aren't as much work (unless they are throwing up or bringing me dead animals home as gifts!) I'll let you all know when I have a date - already got my grabbers and grab rails in the shower, so that's a good start!

Will keep you posted on when I get a date!


  • Spicey,

    Sounds like a plan!

    Interesting note about the dynesis - I heard similar too. The procedure is not different from first so hopefully you recover well.

    And you've got it booked so soon! Well done.

    Its a long walk.
  • Last time I was told it would have been over a year so I was expecting to wait at least several months before anything would happen!
  • Awesome news!NHS is not that bad after all... =D>
    Get ready,it's just around the corner.I'll be thinking of you!

    Cheers,G. >:D< >:D<
  • Thanks for the words of encouragement! And was that a win for you guys last night?? ;)
  • Spicey,

    That is good news. Very intersting that your Surgeon has had to remove all of DS- could there be a class action law suit coming?

    Sorry to hear about your dog- maybe he can go to foster care for a couple of months instead of a new home?

  • Hi Spicey,
    So sorry that another op is the solution, but I am glad that there is a solution to try.

    I would like to extend you a very warm welcome to the Club of September re-dos . TerriJV and myself are also eagerly waiting for the post to arrive to tell us which date in September we will be having our respective fusions and hope to spend our recoveries on here together, comparing notes and trying to keep each other sane (or is it insane ?) 8}

    I don`t have an awful lot of pain now,since my surgeon hit bullseye with his latest prescription cocktail of meds,last month. It has me down at a livable 2 to 3,(used to be 4 to 8 on the pain scale) But my quality of life is miserably poor and sleeping patterns are pitiful, can`t hobble far. I am dependant on others for so much and I hate it. My memory is hopeless and frustrating, and I am hoping my Gabapentin (neurontin) days will soon be over! In fact when I spool up to see what you have written , I have forgotten the next point by the time I have spooled back down to type. How sad is that ? :S

    I hope we all 3 ( and any other September re dos out there ) regain some of our previous lifes quality eventually.

    I wonder if you could find some neighbourhood dog walkers ? There were no end of neighbourhood kids turning up here and volunteering to be dragged round the village by my Saint Bernard. Once she was walked and had been fed and watered, she was no trouble, always just within a few feet from me for the first 4 months of my last recovery even if I entered her dreaded Chamber of Doom, to have a bath , she was never far away, Just an idea.

    I am being taken out grabber shopping tomorrow and have still got bannisters on both sides of the stairs and a support rail in the shower cubicle from last time. The rest will be lent to me by the hospital when the time comes, hate the loo seat raiser, but couldn`t do without it last time, starting to get anxious, unlike last time , but back then I never thought of the possibility of me being in the 3% where stuff just goes wrong.

    Oh well, cheers to us and a better life!
    (Viking raises her glass of fizzy, orange flavoured calcium & Vit D supplement)

    Best Wishes Viking :)))

  • I so hope you get the relief you need spicey!! But you have me so worried about my newly installed 2 level Dyneses. Please (and I know you will) keep us posted on every detail. I'm still doing great and I hope it stays that way. So it's on to the countdown for you in DAYS not months. You'll do great, your what we call an old hat at this back surgery thing now so you will be fine. I am so happy for you!

  • WOW, that does seem so quick! Cool that you have some resolution started!

    I'm worried inafix now too though - yikes. Think positive, think positive, think positive!

    well, it sure seems that September is the big month for re-do's. I do hope the count stays at 3 though. Seriously having to have any re-do at all is sad, just having to think of all the extra pain and suffering you all have had.
  • I like the idea of foster care for your dog. I'm 7 weeks post op and started walking my dogs around 5 weeks. Maybe it's an option?

    Good Luck!!!!
  • Thank you for the kind words of support. It's great to know there are several of us September revisions!

    I have been trying to find someone who can care for my dog on a temporary basis but I've had no luck. It's just about the walking, sadly. He is almost 14 years old now and rarely can sleep through the night with out waking me to go out for a wee. Sometimes he can have me up 3 or 4 times night, and when I'm groggy from medication and really sore, having to keep up and down the stairs is not only difficult, but dangerous. There have already been several times where I've almost fallen down the stairs in the early hours. Post surgery, that just isn't an option. I can't leave him downstairs because he just goes out of the cat flap into the garden and will bark all night because he is bored and wants to be with me. So I have a real problem on my hands. This is a decision that I have taken many months to consider and it's not something I am doing lightly, believe me. I have some numbers to call today to see if they can help me out.

    So for now it's a case of trying to exercise as much as possible to get my body ready for surgery - easier said than done but I'm determined! Will keep you posted!
  • Yep you are doing the right thing, especially if you are preparing yourself physically for the surgery. The more you can do that the better you will respond. ANd of course to keep the positive thoughts in your mind is THE BEST thing you can do.

    Now- aout your dog. I too am feeling the pain for you but nderstand the need for you to be safe.
    I know in Australia we have doggie rescue services who have people that foster dogs till they get a home.
    Maybe you could talk to an association like that and offer to pay for the food etc while you dog is in care?
    Also I know it is popular for nursing homes here to adopt dogs and cats as they are so popular with the patients. I also know that they prefer 'older' dogs who wont run the patients over :))(
    Just some thoughts.

    Where is the UK are you? The NW is a big area and I know a lot of it. Glastonbury is my second home (heart home).

    Blessings Sara
  • Here's wishing you all the best in your upcoming surgery. I'll keep you in my thoughts.

    *Keeps fingers crossed for you*
    Christina >:D<
  • I'm from Lancashire, do you know it? I've never been to Glastonbury even though I'd like to. Very spiritual place.

    I have found somewhere that specialises in rehoming terriers. I'm hoping that I can rehome him here rather than him going into foster care. As there is no guarantee that I will make a full recovery from this surgery, I'm scared of sending him somewhere temporary in case i can't take him back. And it's more unsettling for him to be passed around at his age. I'm hoping there is somebody out there who can love him as much as I do. I have to put my recovery first and him not being here sadly is the only option.

    I have been doing whatever exercise I can this past few months, although it's not easy because everything I do causes me to flare up. But I'm even more determined now to get as strong as I can before the surgery. I did it before my last surgery and it really helped me so I'm trying my best to do the same. I'm averaging around 200 tummy exercises most days now, so I'm quite pleased with that progress!
  • Must be a huge relief for you to finally be moving forward - fantastic news.

    Am sad to hear about your doggie, but I totally get why you are doing what you are doing. If I was not 8000 miles away, I would love to help you out. Keep us posted.
  • Just waiting for a date now. Giving my doggie lots of extra cuddles while I still can :(
  • Spicey, that is great news and maybe you can even visit while he is being looked after.

    Yes I have been to Lancashire, So I can visualise where you are.
    You must make a trip to Glastonbury when you are better, I had several weeks there and had to tear myself away. Yes it is a very spiritual place and it really shows with all the townspeople being so lovely and giving and sharing.
    Lots of wonderful walks too and Chalice Wells has healing waters similar to Lourdes in France. (though they are free) :))(

    Hope all goea well with your surgery.

    Blessings Sara
  • I'm so glad you have some answers and sure hope that the revision surgery does the trick for you. Terri
  • Spicey, I have been following your ordeals and I am very glad you will finally have your surgery with a hope of relief. Needless to say, we are all anxious to hear about your recovery. Meanwhile, eat well, keep your strength up and think positive. You have many friends here at SH who are all rooting for you. I know I do.

    Best wishes!


  • Spicey,

    I haven't been on the boards in awhile, and I was looking for a familiar name, and came across yours. I am glad that you are hopefully finding a soloution to your pain, I will be praying for a quick recovery for you.

    I just got back from my surgeon's office on Thursday, and he said "your CT scan showed up something...". No crap!!! I've been telling them since three weeks after my L4-L5 fusion in October, 07 that something wasn't right. So, now I have a decision to make. Either have them remove the hardware, and that is it, or when they are in there, they want to fuse L5-S1 b/c I have something there called pseudoarthrosis. I'm still trying to get answers on what this means, but I'm scared.

    I saw TerriV is having revision too... I'll have to check up on her.

    take care, keep in touch!
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