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laminectomt with fusion

zanieladyzzanielady Posts: 7
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Lower Back Pain
I am going to have a laminectomy with fusion in 2-3 months from now on L-3 and I am afraid it will be very painfull.Can someone who has gone through this lease tell me what there experience was like?


  • If you look on the part of the forum under Treatments, there is a section called "back surgery and neck surgery". You will find many people that have had fusion surgeries. If you have specific questions, that would be the area to post them. You will get more responses there.

    The surgery is a BIG surgery and the recovery can take a long time. Most people are fearful prior to going into it...that is perfectly normal. You have plenty of time to prepare yourself for the surgery. I am enclosing a link to a thread that consists of people's suggestions for things you might want to have at the hospital, and then afterward during your recover. The list is very complete! You will not want or need everything, but it is useful in that it gets you thinking about what life will be like in recovery.

    Also you may want to read about the fusion itself. This website has excellent articles and videos written by medical specialists in the field. It is helpful to learn all you can about your issues so you can talk with your doctor, and understand what he is saying to you.



    Do you know what type of fusion you will have? Sometimes they go in from the back. Other options are from the front and there is a procedure where the doctor combines the two, going in from the front and the back.

    Usually they use rods and pedicle screws to hold the vertebrae together while the bones knit together. Sometimes the disc is removed and a little "cage" is put in and packed with little pieces of bone. This holds the space between the vertebrae and eventually the bones fuse.

    Welcome to the board. Please post often with your comments and questions.

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