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DDD - Fusion

eeeooorrreeeeooorrr Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Had back and leg pain for about 18 month now, been told by specialist have to have surgery, fusion with screws and rods. can anyone advise on surgery, recovery etc.

i'm bricking it.

surgery due about june 2010


  • i dont know if you have read my threads on this subject? but i will tell you what others have told me .do your research ..i don't think that i will be having another operation as i have already had 2 .good luck my friend let me know what you decide
  • Welcome to SPine Health. WHat levels are involved and what have you tried already? The more info you share the more chance of finding someone with similar issues.

    Again welcome
  • Hi there and welcome.
    It is very difficult to tell anyone what they should do. You will get many people with differing opinions based on their own experience.

    18 months is a long time to be in pain and I am sure you have probably tried everything. Could you possibly give us a little bit more information? What level? What other forms of treatment have you tried? Why a fusion?

    I could be wrong here but I think the common denominator for most advise will be, do your homework, know your diagnosis and be confident with it. Research all your options, exhaust all other conservative forms of treatment first. Then have utmost confidence in your surgeon.

    With all that said, in my experience: Talk to your surgeon to be sure measures are taken that the levels above and below the level being fused can handle the extra work load. Be sure you are having the right level worked on. Know that it is not a cure all. You will have to keep your core muscles strengthened, exercise, and be aware of your back and its new mechanics for the rest of your life.
    Good Luck with your decision making process and keep us posted.
  • I have similar question like FROG.

    Although, I would like to ask some more.

    How do you know you have DDD? Can you be sure surgeon review MRI well? Did he performed discography?

    What types of "less" invasive pain management procedures have been done?

    Have you considered PLDD, biacuplasty, rhizotomy to delay fusion for at least 6-12 months?

  • well its be a while... i had my op in september 2010, screws and rods with mesh block insert L5/S1 area. Unbeliveable pain for about 3 month bed ridin etc.
    Been 8 months now still in extreme pain but morphine controls it a bit. seen surgeon last week he says that the mesh block he put in my spine had dislodged and i need another operation to re-align it.
    Not sure of what to do just dont want to go through same again but i suppose i have to if i want any kind of life with no pain.
  • I had my spinal fusion surgery with rods and screws in November 2010. I have had great results. I had bone on bone. It really was my last resort. I tried PT and epidural blocks with no relief. I didn't have much nerve pain though. I had so much pain at night when trying to sleep that I wasn't getting much sleep at all. My back would hurt for about the first two hours getting out of bed, which was an effort in itself. I was only off work for 2 1/2 weeks and worked part days for about two weeks after that. I really would have taken at least four weeks off but didn't have the time and have a desk job so my Dr said I could. I didn't need any PT afterwards and was worried because fusion didn't show on xray until six months. My original pain is completely gone. I am stiff sometimes and do have occasional pain in my back but it is usually relived with Tylenol. Good luck but please DO YOUR RESEARCH.

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