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Anyone with similar condition?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
56 year old female, had harrington rod (T4 to L3) scoliosis surgery 1979 in NYC. Current films indicate cervical kyphosis between C4 & C6 with degenerative disc disease at those levels, grade II spondylolisthesis at L5-S1, and increased lumbosacral lardosis.

pain is intermittent and intermittently severe - lower back, upper arm, shoulders, neck, and tingling hands.

surgeon recommends fusion w/extension to pelvis, anterior and posterior procedure, won't discuss neck until back is done.

Any advice????


  • I had spondylolisthesis in my L3 to L5 area and after my two surgeries (first was ALIF L4/L5, second was revision PLIF L3/L4/L5 with screws) I can tell a huge difference. My low back feels tight and not the pain level that I had before when I moved around. I still have some remaining achiness and too tight feeling sometimes, but I'm 5 mos postop still.

    With the vertebras slipping out of place and either moving around or staying slipped, the pain is kniving. You already have the rod from T4 to L3, so you probably dread having the L5/S1 done I bet? Plus, what about L3/L4, will it go out as well if everything top and bottom is fused?

    I think the anterior gets all the disc out and gives one a better fusion and they have to go in posteriorly to put in the screws to hold things together better. I've heard that having both at the same surgery is tougher at first, but then you are getting it all done and over with too.

    How come your surgeon won't consider ALIF only and put in the plate to stablize? Is the rod you already have making the PLIF necessary for strength or something?

    There's others that have had the scoliosis surgery that hopefully will post and know better than me. I just wanted to say Hi! and share. My neck is the same as yours and I'm about to get a surgery opinion on it...really dreading even talking about another surgery, but...I'm in the "fix" mode lately it seems, if there is such a thing. LOL

    Good luck with your research and decision.
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