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kyadog115kkyadog115 Posts: 266
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I know that sometimes w/these PLIF,one doesn't actually fuse sometimes. If that happens,then what? Is another surgery needed or can that rod just stay screwed into the other vertabrae as is? This might sound like a silly question but I do not want another surgery and I'm afraid what the options are if I dont fuse.
I am makin it on my own here and not doing too bad. My mom did come for like the first day or 2 and so did the x to help me shower,(once)but they seemed to have disappeared. Nobody can be here w/me 24/7 anyway and Im finding that it isn't all that bad. I just showered by myself...carefully,and I'm doing ok feeding myself. I am in a lotta pain still though. I have a lotta left leg pain. It seems like it's worse than before I went in.Needless to say,my back is killing me too, but I think its site incision pain.And its too soon to tell about successful pain relief there.
Thanks everybody..


  • I think it's really too early to think about non-fusion. I know it's easy to let it creep into our minds, but it doesn't do any good.

    But, with that being said, I have a question: Did your cervical spine fuse after your ACDF? If so, I'd say you have a much better chance at fusing after your PLIF. I seem to be a good fuser - both of my surgeries have yielded good fusing results.

    I can relate to the post-op pain. Lumbar surgery recover is a long road and I was amazed at how long it took to feel better. I also had a lot of leg pain for a few weeks after, something I never had pre-op, and required me to use a walker.

    Also, are you wearing a brace? I would think that would be helpful if you're by yourself as a reminder and to prohibit you from bending and twisting. It's obvious you're doing very well with not lifting, so if you're not wearing a brace, you might ask your doc if it would be a good idea for the reasons I stated above.

    Take care, Paul, and I hope you show the beginnings of fusion at your post-op x-ray in a few months.

  • Cath,
    Thanks..u r right, it doesnt do any good,but I;m just thinking worse case scenario. Yes, I actually fused ahead of schedule.But this surgeon says its more difficult to fuse in the lumbar region. I have a "Corset", similar to a brace but he has not mandated me to wear it. It does provide me good suppport though. I see the Dr for the first post op visit on 10-5
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