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post laminectomy/compression fractures

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Lower Back Pain
54 year old male.
I had a laminectomy/spinal decompression 18 months ago and recently suffered collaped L2 vertebra and compression fracture of L4. No reason has come forth as I do not have a bone density problem nor was I in an accident or fall.

While the vertebra is healing there is a large void where the fracture occured resulting in half of the top quarter of the vertebra being gone. Most of my problems are sitting as it feels like a knife going thru my lower back. Is there concern with the missing section of the vertebra long term?


  • I have no back side on either L4 or L5 (spinous process removed as well) and they have been like that since mid 2005. I haven't had any problems with sitting since about 30 days post op. I have also made sure that I stretch and work my core muscles ever since!

    How long has it been since you spoke to your doc in regards to this?

    Welcome to Spine Health.

  • Thanks for the quick response. I see the surgeon every six weeks and have had two MRI's and a CT scan. The area missing is on the from side along with retrolisthesis of at least 5mm. I am good standing/walking but have problems sitting/lying down and the longer I sit the worse it gets. This started in May with the fractures after a cervical fusion in January.

  • So let me get this right, you are now suffering compression fractures of your lumbar spine, following fusion of your cervical spine? Yikes.
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