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multilevel fusion

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have been fused L2-L5 and now L1-L2 is protruding 7mm and causing much pain. I also have some protruding at L5-S1. I've had 2 epidurals with little relief so my Dr. is proposing fusing from L5-T10 for stabilization. What's your thought on this? Has anyone had this done?


  • I had a 4 level PLIF.

    Sounds like yours is a 7 level....that's rare.

    What's the Dr going to do with the protruding at L5-S1?


  • He is thinking about including that in the fusion. It's done to stabilize the spine so I don't keep needing another fusion every 3-4 years. Very scarey.
  • Well...I am better than before the operation.

    I still have pain mostly the rt hip...which maybe the hip itself. Just had an MRI of the back and I see the Dr 4/1/2009.

    The 4 level fusion was life changing for me. Once accepted life is ok. How long I can sit, stand, walk, drive, sleep has changed. I most keep changing position to keep pain and stiffness from setting in. I can not lift more than 30 lbs. How I put on socks and pick things from the floor all different.

    I am 15 months post op. Just had an xray and mri. The hardware is still in place. The Dr was pleased that I have big hard bones. He was able to use the biggest screws.

    Good luck to you.

  • Yep. Take a look at my xray. I had all t-levels done in 1977 and all lumbar you see four months ago.
    And the recovery is a bitch, I had a complication of a stress fracture post-surgery--but I'm doing special exercises and a lot of mobility is coming back, believe it or not. But it is taking a lot of effort and concentration to learn to walk with my new adjusted spine/hips and dealing with recovery. Too soon to know if it was a real success, but we'll see.
    I will be able to touch my toes, even with all this, as I am very flexible in hips and hamstrings--something I have always worked on maintaining.
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