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Upcoming Fusion & Decompression surgery

SplendagrrlSSplendagrrl Posts: 108
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Went to the neurosurgeon yesterday. She has recommended surgery. A multilevel fusion ( 2 levels) with spine decompression to relieve the nerves. She said she would go into the side a XLIF to do L4-5 and then turn me over and go through the back for S1. Has anyone heard of that? She also said she could just decide to go through the back for everything. Has anyone had all this done at once? Any advice? I also have a second opinion tomorrow with an Orthopedic spine specialist. I have not set a date yet because I am waiting to get all the information first. She also stated that no one could ever fix my back 100% and the best possible outcome we could hope for would be 60 to 70 %. that would be a best case scenario. Of course at this point I would take 50% better. I was told 3 to 5 days in hospital with a 3 to 6 month recovery, one year total, but that everyone is different and it could be less or it could be more. Looking for any advice, input etc.... :)


  • Fusion is risky. My bro had it done and didn't get any better, only worse. My neurosurg recommended it to me, but I just can't. I'm trying minimally invasive, have heard great things about a surgery center in Tampa Florida, where I live.
  • Yes I have heard about the risks and it is scary. Everyone is different so you never know the outcome. My mother in law had it done and Her pain is gone. I know someone else you had it and it fixed their leg problem but they still have back pain. What kind of less invasive surgery can they do for a spine fusion? I am going to another surgeon tomorrow and see what they have to say and see if there is a less invasive way to fix all the problems I have. Good luck with yours and keep us posted on the outcome!
  • I had a 360 fusion where they went in the front and the back to fuse L4/L5. I don't know how common it is. Then 7 months later I had L1-L5 fused and they went in the back. This past march I had L5 and S1 fused and they went in the front. The surgeon should have just put zippers in the first time!! He used the same incisions. I think I am finished with fusions as that is my total lumbar spine and the thoracic look just great. Good luck on your 2nd opinion and let us know.


    Spinal stenosis, spondolysis, spondolythesis, L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion with instrumentation and bone graft from hip, L1/S1 fusion with replacement disc put in and a nice bolt from my spine to my pelvis; PT, accupuncture, prolotherapy, many cortisone injections, 4 rhizotomies. Currently on tramadol.
    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
  • I just had surgery done at a center in Tampa Florida, and all it took was a little half inch incision. These guys were awesome. Great staff, great doctors, great surgery. It is arthroscopic, done little tubes and a video monitor for the doctor, much less cutting than a fusion!
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