I just read my op notes(3 level spinal fusion L3-S1) and looks like I had a corpectomy at all levels. I have searched for information on this and find very little. Is this a normal part of a fusion and I just wasn't aware? I also had lami's, faccetectomies and foraminitomies at all levels...which I Understand now that I have a little more knowledge of things...but what the heck is this corpectomy thing and have you all had them with your fusions? Could it this mysterious corpectomy that is keeping me in pain??? I know I am still new in recovery...4 months I think..but I have gone backward instead of forward it seems. I am scheduled for yet another MRI and CT...this time to see if something moved in there....guess i didnt present well at my last surgeon check up. Im furstrated that the mechanica back pain is back, along with all the nerve pain down my leg. I am back on neurontin, not sure if its working. My brain knows it's there...forgets sometimes...lol...but I my brain knows its in my system, hope my legs get the message soon. I have new pain in my foot and calf...and for the first time ever I have typical sciatica pain down the back of my leg. You know, for years, I was told by so many doctors that i didnt have sciatca because I would tell them the pain was not down the back of my leg...my pain was always front thigh to knee...they made me feel like Ii was lying. So good for me, I finally have back of leg pain. Im so happy! NOT.
I would appreciate any info anyone has on this corpectomy thing. Not that it matters now, all said and done. but it might explain my long recovery, or my ongoing pain...something to wrap my mind around! Peace everyone! E.
3 level fusion L3-S1 July 23, 2012