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When Would You Have Fusion?

ernurseeernurse Posts: 790
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
OK, yet another journal article, but this issue was particularly interesting. This one did a survey of patients and it showed that the level of their back pain was one determining factor in deciding for fusion even with risks presented. One doctor reported his patients' answers might vary by day depending on pain level. Just food for thought. This journal is free to subscribe and sends the info to your email addy. It's another tool for information to discuss with your doctor.



  • with that! I didn't set out to want a fusion, but when I couldn't walk without agony and was beginning to fear that things would slide and become worse, I went for it. It's been a rough road, but I'm glad I did it. I'm so much better than I was pre-fusion.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • Thanks for the link. I am one of the patients who would give a differant answer on differant days depending on my pain level. OR If they can honestly tell me it is going to address my problem, I will go for it.
  • Yep, That's me. I went ahead and pulled the trigger. I have multi-level plif l3-s1 scheduled for 10/29/09. I go about every other day from calling to cancel it to being glad it's coming up. I've been trying to stay busy and actually embrace the pain as it helps me keep steadfast in my decision. All my family tells me they are sure it's the right thing to do. I guess we'll see.
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