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Non Union surgery success

Im Liz and Im new here.
I had two back surgery's (one fusion) 20 years ago. In the last year I have had unbearable pain and doctors have found that my fusion has broken and I now have a non union or pseudoarthorsis and they recommend surgery.
I have tried everything else and am getting worse.
Has anyone had successful non union surgery?
Many thanks


  • Liz:

    Welcome to the forum.

    I had a two level fusion (L4-S1) in January 2011. Technically, I have fused because I had two very tiny points where the bone has formed a contact; however, I don't feel like I have fused and my physical stature does not indicate a fusion (I list forward with a significant lean that increases as the day progresses).

    Anyway, enough about me. I only shared that to make a point. I have had personal interest in revision surgeries for the past year and what I did was a simple search on this forum and it led me to several different threads (previous posts) where members had discussed the very subject. Do that and see what type of info you get. Also, it will only be a short matter of time before someone responds to this post.

    Another point I would like to make is that the surgical procedures have improved so much since you had your surgery. You will be amazed, so that's a ray of hope.

    Again, welcome to the forum and good luck.

  • Hi biz

    Yes, I had a successful redo of a failed fusion on L5-S1. Non-union really hurt and the repeat surgery (which was a 360 degree procedure) took care of the pain. Full recovery was about a year and now at 18 months out I can again do some sport, take a 10 mile hike, pick up my grandson and have been able to work full days from 3 months out.

    My surgeon insisted on using my own bone for the grafts to give the fusion the best chance to take and I was in a hard brace for 3 months too.

    Good luck! It does get better.
  • Thanks Emily and Jim. Hearing your success Emily does give me hope.
  • I guess there is no such thing as a low-invasive revision even if it is only on one segment. I'm fused T2-T8 all of which fused, but T5 cracked and ctscans show a slight gap and the skeletal pain is back. I'm 9 months post op and the thought of going through revision surgery and fresh surgical pain makes this grown man consider crying. Especially when there is no guarantee they will make it better and could possibly make it worse.
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