Hi I am new to the boards. I'm a 30 year old woman and I fractured L4 and T12 when I fell off of a horse on 5-7. Due to one of the fractures going through the posterior, anterior and central "column" of the spine, my injury is considered unstable. Ive been wearing a brace since 5-7. My spinal doc suggested spinal fusion of T9 - L 4 with hardware to ensure that I heal correctly. I also have slight scoliosis below the fracture site and spinal curvature of about 24 degrees above the fracture site. The other option is to wait and see if my body will heal properly on it's own with X-rays taken every two weeks. I got a 2nd opinion and the 2nd doc confirmed that I am in a "grey area" and that my treatment comes down to a personal choice. 2nd doc knew the 1st doc and had nothing but good things to say about him so that was a relief. The 1st doc said if it were his daughter, he would have her do the surgery while dr #2 days he would advise his family member to let nature take its course.
I'm scheduled for surgery tomorrow morning at 7:30 and I'm terrified on a number of levels. Ive been reading the boards here this morning and have seen a number of posts about infection, new pain, and people who needed additional surgeries. I heard yesterday that spinal surgery begets spinal surgery. I don't want want to induce a lifetime of pain and issues by making the wrong decision. Also I am thin and both docs confirmed that many thin people have issues with the hardware and eventually require another surgery to have them removed.
I feel like maybe I am trying to kill an anthill using a nuclear bomb.
Does anybody have any good stories about spinal fusion that would make me feel better? Has anybody else been in this position? Please help