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Back Surgery after 8 weeks post op

bella0157bbella0157 Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a L4 fusion back in January and still am having pain. I can't sit for long without extreme pain going down my right leg. My OS suggested i go back for surgery to insert (what he calls) a U. He explained its a tiny like bracket behind the screw to give me more mobility there. He says, due to a birth defect on my L5 there wasn't enough bone to hold the screw. So, he wants to do surgery again to insert the U. Have any of you had an experience like this?

any help would be great.



  • Hello Isabel,

    Best of luck with going back into surgery so soon. I had a fusion in November. Fortunately, I did not require further surgery. I hope that helps control your pain.

    Best Wishes,
  • Thank you for your comments. I really hope this will be my last surgery. It has a most painful year for me. Thanks again for your well wishes.

  • Hey there, I wish I had advice but just wanted you to know I'm sorry to hear that another surgery is a possibility.

    Did you ask him why he didn't insert the U at the time of the initial operation?

    The only other thing I'd recommend is a 2nd opinion. You want to weigh the benefit of having another surgery (and so soon) vs. the risk to waiting to see if it sorts itself out or for you to heal a little better.

    I wish I could offer more insight.
  • My other observation is that it seems you had this pain pre-op, correct?

    For how long?
    I'm 8 weeks post op of a revision MicroD decompression surgery and still am having pain when sitting too long. My doctor is somewhat concerned but is hopeful that stretching in PT will help my recovery.

    My nerve was severely compressed for 5 months (my first surgery didn't work). Since everything else is going better than my initial surgery, we are waiting for 3-month mark to re-MRI or discuss next options.

  • I agree with DNice. I have never heard of a "U" and can't think what he might be referring to...and I too wondered, if he noticed the L5 didn't have sufficient bone to hold the screw, why didn't he add it at the time of the first surgery?

    Every time they have to go back in, the patient runs an increased risk of infection, which is getting to be a big problem all over the US. The patient also is at increased risk of developing scar tissue and the possibility of arachnoiditis.

    I think I too would seek another opinion from a spinal specialist from a different practice before allowing the first doctor to go back in. You want to know it is absolutely necessary to relieve your pain, and that there are no other, non-surgical options.

    Good luck. Please let us know what you decide to do.

  • The only 'U' that I have heard of is a Coflex device, which isnew here in the UK.
    It is usually used as an alternative to a fusion though to maintain mobility.

    I would certainly want to try to find out if other opinions also thought another surgery was need so soon.
    I wish you well, and hope that a solution is found for you.
    Do let us know how you get on with this
  • My OS said the screw held when the original surgery was done, he didn't think it would affect me this way. But i have had pain in my back and running down my butt into my leg. Yeah i have had this pain before, but i thought with the surgery it was over. Wrong!!!
    Thanks to your comments, i have been giving my 2nd surgery some thought. I was willing to go and get it done just to get rid of the pain. This leg pain is so debillating at times. but since many people on this website have suffered more pain, i will be going for a second opinion. Hopefully my PCP can refer me to a new ortho. will keep all of you updated.
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