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Second surgery

Christina69CChristina69 Posts: 534
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Since my L5-S1 surgery only partially fused and now I'm in much more pain then before the surgery over a year ago and i have leg pain, I'm looking at having the surgery redone. Could someone please tell me what to expect from a second surgery? Is it the same? Better? Worse?


  • Hello Christina
    it happened to me also. I had a multi-level hybrid ADR at L3/L4, L4/L5 and an ALIF Fusion at L5/S1 in April 2008. I never got over the surgery and also had continuing pain despite lots of medication. I had another discogram in February this year that showed hypermobility in the fusion and in both SIJ's. I then, in April this year, had to have a revision fusion at L5/S1 this time with bolts and rod, plus a bilateral SIJ fusion. The only good thing about the second surgery was that this time it was through the back rather than the stomach as it was before. Slightly easier to cope with. I'm still recovering, still on medication, and still in some pain both back and foot. But I think I've just been unlucky and everyone is different - doesn't mean you will have problems next time round. You'd be better to think that the pain you have now will go once you have the revision.
    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
    Brian (London UK)
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