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360 Fusion Update

jwl12250jjwl12250 Posts: 97
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm now 19 days post op and doing fantastic. I went to NS yesterday for xrays and post op visit. He said my surgery wounds were healed and my xrays looked great. I asked him if I could get rid of the brace and he laughed and said 3 months minimum. Oh well, I tried. He said I could start driving this weekend. I am blessed that I still do not have any numbness or pain in my legs even after long walks or standing for long periods. I just wished all did as well with their surgery. Again thanks to all my spiney friends. God Bless!

For any newbies here is a link to my surgery experience.


  • Good for you! I am three weeks today post PLIF. I can't go in and get x-rays until November 9th! I am so curious as to my progress. I guess that is what happens when you move from a bigger town with several specialists to a smaller town with only one neurosurgeon! I still have a little residual right "buttock" pain from my bone spurs and herniations...but it is becoming less and less as I recover. I too am blessed with having minimal problems so far. I hope you continue to have success in your recovery!

  • i dont believe i have ever heard of such a successful fusion. Your surgeon must be remarkable.
  • I am so happy to hear things are going well for you both. That is a beautiful blessing. Please continue to keep us posted on your progress.
    God Bless and Keep you both,
  • It is good to hear that you are doing so well. Keep up the good work! You are an inspiration to me!!
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    Hi there....

    I'm new to this board...but was excited to see the mention of a 360 fusion as I haven't found many people out there who have been through this! My doctor will likely be doing a 360 L3-S1. He's mentioned doing it all in one procedure/operation - but I see they broke yours up into two days?
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • Don't worry about not having an X-ray so early. It is mostly done for the patient's curiosity! My surgeon does not do any post surgery X-rays routinely. If the patient is complaining of pain, he will order one. Otherwise, he assumes the patient is healing and fusing and he prefers to limit the amount of exposure that patients get to radiation. I think he X-rays around 6 months, prior to discharge.

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