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Music to my ears

bergbberg Posts: 140
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had my first fusion surgery ALIF L4/5 two and a half years ago that never fused.

After 12 months and a new Surgeon I started wearing a BGS for a year,again no luck with the fusion.

Dec 27th of 2011 I went in for revision surgery PLIF L4/5.

I went in today for my 4 month check up and was told that I'm fusing. I've been waiting to hear those beautiful words for 2 1/2 years.

I still have pain and numbness issues but hey,one thing at a time. I will get thru this.


  • O:) Congrats!!!!! <:P

    Grade 4 tear in l4/l5 was missed in first MRI so did injections for a year
    SI joints "messed up" not sure if I will get them fused at a later time
    Had Open PLIF L4/L5 5/28/13
    Woke up to permanent nerve damage in legs and feet.
  • CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is wonderful progress.

    Is there any explanation for the first fusion not taking? Did you do something different with the second surgery?
  • No I don't have any one thing that I could point at, it's just one of those hit or miss things I guess.

    I do believe I was to active too soon. I would try to work thru the pain instead of listening to what my body was telling me and stop when the pain would increase.
    I was trying to save my job at the time,neither one worked,I lost my job and I didn't fuse.

    This time around I've been super cautious with everything I do.So far it seems to be paying off.
  • with your successful fusion.

    I noticed with second surgery it was posterior and with instrumentation, I know with my C-Spine issues and pre-surgery planning the posterior stabilizing instrumentation is big in successful fusion.

    That's so good to reach that place :)
  • I definitely noticed a difference with the additional hardware. I no longer had those sudden pain spikes that came out of the blue for no apparent reason.I'm reasonably sure it was due to the loose hardware,and I'm sure keeping the vertebra from moving adds to a successful fusion.
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