Hello all. My case is a bit rare i know. however, i would like to know if anybody has had a full back spinal fusion. my doctors are talking about doing a fusion from l5 to t5. ..
he told me the risks of, not being able to control bowel or bladder. and 'gental numbness'. he also said that i will get a headache when i awake because of spinal cord leakage but i will be laying down.
but anyways the reasoning for them having to do all of this is because my back is really i guess you can say deformed now because of the failed spinal fusion.
my spinal fusion now is from s1- l4. they are saying they have to move it up because its just not going to be stable at hte lower levels because of the cancer i had in my back. and they damage a of tissue and such from the tumor removal.
i have talked to a nurse friend of mine, who also is a medical biller who says he sees this some what a lot. i mean its not un heard of.
but i am just freaked out that i am going from a s1-l4. to almost my whole spine.
but i already had have two surgeries. the first one was for the cancer removal and they did a spinal fusion there. it did not fuse so they did anther one. and this one quickly failed.
so has anybody heard of ortro docs moving the fusion all the way up the back to make it more stable to atain a successful fusion?
are there any other risk factors that could happen. like could i be parlized.
i could post a picture of my x-ray i took. if need be.