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Bone Growth Stimulator

Ice manIIce man Posts: 123
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Lower Back Pain
I had a TLIF L4-5 fusion in Sept. 2011 and continued to have chronic pain. I was advised by my NS after several MRI's, CT, Epidural blocks that I needed to have a second surgery due to complications from the first surgery. I trusted my NS and had the second surgery Aug. 3, 2011. My NS said he found a large amount of scar tissue, bone fragaments, overgrown ligaments and the original fusion had not completely fused so he basically did a Micro. The day after the second surgery I felt great and was walking up and down the hospital hall ways. I am now wearing a Spinalogic Donjoy BGS and was wondering if anyone has experienced "bathroom trots" due to this? I was instructed to wear it for 30 mins a day and have not missed a day. 17 days post op, I am up to walking 7 miles. I feel the second surgery has fixed my back problem. I still have some pain but I feel like it is surgical pain and not the back pain I experienced before. I have lived with back pain for several years and feel better than I have in a long time. I am so ready to go back to work but I feel like I went back to soon after the first surgery and it could have lead to the second surgery.

After the first fusion, I felt my life had been turned upside down and thought I would never be the same again. So far so good.


  • Congrats on doing so well post second surgery. Keep up the good work and before you know it this will all be a distant memory. You don't want to go back to soon and risk anything at this point and time, just keep up what your doing. Hopefully physical therapy is right around the corner to target the surgery muscles and you be good to go. Congrats and keep us posted, great to have positive stories on the boards for new members just beginning your path, or those whom have had one surgery and not doing well sense.
  • Even though you had to have the second surgery, this post puts me at a little more ease about my upcoming fusion. You don't hear about success stories as often because those folks are usually out living life because they are healed. So thank you for posting. I'm sorry but since I have not had my surgery yet I don't know anything about your question but I will be watching this post for answers since I may have to go through the same thing later.
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