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total lumbar spinal fusion

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi all new to the chat room. Having a total lumbar spin fusion in the next month, after already going through a SI Joint fusion. Broke my back at the pelvic bone level. Had the fusion in 2006 went to a work evaluation test and injured myself during the test. Wondering if anyone has had a complete fusion S1- L1 looking at a Five level fusion. First surgery took me two years to recover from. Any thoughts,

Thanks Jerry


  • wow, thats major surgery, hope it goes smoothly and your recovery time will be as pain free and quick as possible. will be thinking of you
  • I wish you well. I have had 3 surgeries trying to lessen pain. Last surgery Oct. 18, 2007. Felt good for about 6 month post-op. Now, pain near or worse than before. I just turned 45 and have no idea what to do. My surgeon previously told me he will do no more surgery. Along with the fusion are 12 titanium screws and 3 rods. The lumbar area of my spine is so crooked (childhood scoliosis) and weak (DDD) that it feels like I am literally going to crumble. I hope you have better luck than I have had. I sincerely hope you recover and never have another ounce of pain.
  • Hi,
    Good luck with your surgery. I'm in the process of talking with surgeons re possible fusion. I'm very skeptical about the outcome but I can't live my life with the pain I'm in. There doesn't seem to be a good choice. Let me know how your recovery goes. I wish you a gentle healing.
  • I am scheduled for a T10 to S1 fusion, I had a L3 to S1 back in August of 2007. I am scared that I will not be able to care for myself, drive a car, cook and clean for my family. Has anyone had anything similar and what was your outcome. I am a 60 year old female.
    Thank you
  • From what I have heard about SI joint fusion, it is very difficult to heal. However, it is possible that fusing that many levels will also involve a long recovery. Many scoliosis patients have that many levels fused and seem to do well.

    The most important thing is the selection of your surgeon. Be sure to do your research so you know you are going to the best person for your particular problem. Be sure he is experienced in back reconstruction. Have you received more than one opinion from specialists in different practices?

    Good luck to you.

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