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L2 Pedicle substraction osteotomy with posterior fusion L1 - S1

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am looking to find out if anyone has had the above type of surgery. I would really like to know the out come, recovery period and improvement gained.
I am a 52 year old married Mum of 3 now adult children and carer for my disabled Mum.
I used to lead a very active life.I have a long history of back problems starting with a mild scoliosis as a child since then I have gone on to spondylosis, ddd, laminectomy and fusion surgery.
I had a lumber fusion using Harrington rods in 92 which served me well for about 12 years. Last year I had cervical ADR x 2 plus C4-C7 ACDF from which I have recovered well. I have now developed a 6cm positive sagittal imbalance for which my surgeon recommends a L2 Pedicle substraction osteotomy with posterior fusion L1 - S1.
As all of you with these chronic conditions know it is a daily battle to maintain mobility and achieve pain control.
I am hoping that surgery will at least maintain my present mobility (possibly improve on it although I am aware that the pain is likely to be ever present)At times I get very low and have difficulty coming to terms with my disabilities my main goal is to retain mobility for as long as possible. I would really like to hear from people who have experienced this surgery.


  • After two spinal fusion surgeries in 89 and 95 and a long history of back pain, I had this op in March 2011. All previous metalwork was removed. Now 5 months post op, I am back to where I was pre surgery but on half the painkillers. I am told recovery will take 9 - 12 months so there will hopefully be further improvement. Prior to op my spine was bent forwards and also leaning to the right. Now it is straight! It is a dangerous op with many possible complications. My heart stopped during the 10 hr surgery but I live to tell the tale! I have had no other complications. You would only choose to have it if you are really desperate. I am 61, married with 4 adult children. In future I hope to smile and laugh again, swim in the sea and enjoy my grandchildren. I have a positive outlook and a very supportive husband and family. Their loving care helped me through the first 6 weeks post op. You need to weigh the risks and possible advantages. There is no guaranteed outcome. Best of luck! Constant pain drains the energy and spirit.
  • I had this surgery 5 years ago because I was hunched over due to Ankylosing Spondylitis. The immediate post op week was a bit traumatic but after a couple of months I was virtually pain free and much more mobile, and a lot happier. I'm very very grateful to have had this operation.
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