I went for my 6 month checkup and was told today the revision I had on October 29th is totally FUSED!!! < I was so relieved it worked the 2nd time around!I'm guessing it worked so fast because they left what ever boned grew from the last surgery..
On the other hand the Dr thinks I may have another CSF leak in the brain or lumbar but really thinks the brain for the fact the incision on the brain from previous shunt surgery is so tender with a stiff neck. The headaches are BACK as of 2 months ago. Totally frustrated! The day after my first fusion in 09" the headaches were completely gone and 2 months ago I had this strange feeling and BAM that night on the couch with a headache ever since...I know I should be estatic with the fusion and I am but so nervous about the brain...Sometimes I think I rather have gotton bad news about the fusion than dealing with a possible brain leak or brain infection. If I get a brain infection this would be the 6th time..
spondylolisthesis at L4-5; stenosis,
Lumbar surgeries 1999 L4-L5
Lumbar staph infection 1999-2000"
Meningitis x5 in 1999-2001
Brain shunt 2000"
Brain shunt removed 20001"
ALIF/PLIF fusion 8/5/09
Failed fusion and Failed Hardware
PLIF Fusion scheduled for 10/29/10