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Back Surgery Question

backtonormal95bbacktonormal95 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:03 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Can someone help me understand this: the first four vertebraes from the lower back has to have a titanium rod inserted but with bone grafts because the patients bones are weak. The main part of the surgery is the vertebrae right above the tailbone (coccyx)where there are nerves and very close to the spine. What are the chances of the patient surviving this type of surgery and what are the rates of a doctor performing this? The patient doctor already told her that since he has been doing surgery, he failed twice. He is now much older and experienced. I don't know what they call this type of surgery. Anyone knows? What is recovery time? Can a lay person take care of this person or should this person be in rehab in a nursing home until ready to be release to their home? Curious.
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  • i am one of the regular members {i am sure my other friends will follow with there input] it sounds like you are going to have a fusion [ALIF/PLIF] look them up for your own reading ...
    providing your in reasonable health the you have every chance of coming through the operation .{i am in poor health and recently survived a ALIF fusion .the surgery is massive and recovery is long .make sure you know this before consenting to have the operation done .you will need help when you come home for about 6 months .again welcome and good luck ..all you have to do is enter ALIF/or PLIF or fusion in the box in the middle of the screen and you will get lot of information from patients and there is the professional information on this site too
    tony {UK}
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
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