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Complete Spine Fusion

slowpoke60sslowpoke60 Posts: 139
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I saw my doctor last thursday and according to the MRI, I have only 2 good disc in my complete back and he said that the only thing that could be done would be to fuse my complete back. But he would not do this.

I have read on the internet where people have had this done and came out ok. Also we know a person that had this done also, and he is back to work and doing great.

Also I have read where they talk about disc replacement.

Does anyone have any information on this?

Has anyone here had this done on them?

I really just want to get help for my back and the pain.



  • In the US it is fairly uncommon to do more than one disc replacement. Multi-level is more common in Germany and Belgium.

    Scoliosis patients sometimes need their whole spine stabilized. If you are interested in pursuing that route, I would look for a doctor whose special area of interest is "spinal reconstruction." Many spinal specialists do not have the expertise to tackle the entire spine.

    Have you been recommended to try a spinal cord stimulator for the pain?

    I'm sorry but I only have experience with a couple segments in the lumbar area. Hoopefully someone else will respond soon.

    Good luck.
    GET ANOTHER OPINION and then way up the pros and cons dont do anything in a hurry .take your time and explore every avenue before you do any surgery ,good luck
  • to add on to what gwennie said, this guy where i work was told the same thing by his doctors that you need and insurance co.refuse to approve it. the only thing they approved for him was getting the implant to control the pain i believe there are a couple people on here that has had that procedure so they could get off pain meds. my best to you.
  • Gwennie17,

    (Have you been recommended to try a spinal cord stimulator for the pain?(
    He did not recommend anything. That is what I don't understand. He just told me that there was nothing he could do and then he left. The only thing that my doctor recommended was pain management, which is the shots, and I don't want them, as I have heard some really bad stories on them, plus I have had them in my right foot several times, and they only lasted about 30 minutes, just long enough to get to the car.

    I am going to call another doctor in another town to see if they do the disc replacement and what it all is about and to see if I would maybe them them.

    I will write more after I talk to them Monday.

    Thanks for all of your answers.


  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    Total spine fusion is not uncommon, but is most often done for those with severe scoliosis (so they have permanent rods implanted). Go get a few different opinions with Orthopedic Spine Surgeons and/or Neurosurgeons.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • Usually the Pain Management Dr. gets the Spinal cord stimulator for you. I hope all works out for you. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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