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Laminotomy failed, X-stop failed, scared to death!!

tjcornuttttjcornutt Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
I'm 45 and active. Herniated L5-S1 in the Navy 16 yrs ago. Was diagnosed with DDD, spinal stenosis and arthritis but decided to live with it as long as I could (very painful at times!). Had a laminotomy in 2005 resulting some pain relief. Pain gradually got to the point that I ended up seeing the surgeon again. Had an X-stop inserted in 2008. Was a dramatic improvement. Thought I had it licked. Now the X-stop is moving and causing "popping and clicking" (I can make it pop on command by twisting). Doc says it has to come out and is recommending a fusion at L5-S1. I've done some homework and don't like what I am seeing. Anyone have any advice? Once the X-stop is out, I'm back to square one and have two choices (I think).

1. Do nothing and live with the pain and pains meds (I hate them)

2. Have the fusion and chance ending up back at #1.

What are the percentage of fusion failures?

Needless to say, I scared to death and need some advice.


  • one i have heard of failing ..are you a candidate for ADR ?? artificial disc if not then a fusion done by someone that is at the top of the game !!!! don't let some half wit operate on you ..if you are in the UK i can give you a few names but anywhere else you will have to get info yourself ...but a fusion done well should give you many years relief maybe as much as 15/20 and maybe up to 80 percent pain relief ..and yes it can fail even when done by a top notch surgeon ..its life my friend ..i have been tossing the thought of a ALIF fusion {that's the big one} around for over a year now and i have just decided to have it done and i am now waiting for a date ..if you are in enough pain then you will decide it took me to get to the stage where only high amounts of pain killers would give a small amount of pain relief and only 1/2 hours sleep |[this is my status at the moment and has been like this for a while}to make my mind up ..its either carry on taking drugs and laying on a recliner or go for it and gamble and just hope everything works out well and in the next 2 years my life should have improved for the better ..for many years i was glass half empty but now ..living with so much pain and negativity i am glass half full ...think about it ..
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