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Four surgeries to fuse (L2 to S1)

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had spinal srenosis and degenerative discs (L2 to S1.) My first surgery April 2005, two titanium cages and rods were installed, 47 stapes later, and almost one year later, the upper cage came loose. March 2006, second surgery to replace upper cage and place new bone to once again attempt a fuse. March 2007, third surgery because the bottom cage came loose. Replaced cage and placed new bone to hopefully fuse the bottom area. October 2007, fuse took, however, fourth surgery needed to open passages because nerves were still being pinched.

January 2009, still have back pain, still have tingling and numbness in feet and toes, no strength in legs, can hardly walk whatsoever. still feels like nerves are being pinched.
Whats a person to do?


  • Sometimes just putting it on the blogs will get you some good advice. Have you thought about getting a 2nd opinion with a different surgeon?
  • Welcome to Spine Health, Joe!

    I think I would look for a new doctor (or two), at least for a consultation. Just make sure you do a thorough research about the surgeons you visit. With your problems you want somebody very good and experienced. Find out if there is anything to be done to find relief. In worst case scenario, find a good pain doctor who would help to make your life more tolerable.

    Good luck!

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