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T8/9 fusion

Hi there used to troll this forums 5 years ago when i had a l4/5 fusion after a horse accident.Now 3 weeks ago had a tractor run me over and crush me.Had emergency T8/9 fusion because t8 was crushed to pieces and t9 had splinted.Anyway included in the injuries are 5 broken ribs, both collar bones fractured,lungs crushed bruised and have blood on them giving me about 60percent breathing capacity, facial injuries needed plastic surgery with approx 150+ stitch's after quite a bit of my face got ripped off and bruising of my brain. Now back at home and been out of hospital for 2 weeks or so.2 days after surgery got out of bed and started to walk amazed the doctors but i told them i just remembered the pain from first surgery and knew that sooner i started moving the sooner i recover.Wouldn't say I'm walking great but i am moving.Still trying to work out the best meds program to keep the intense chronic pain at a level that doesn't cripple me.The worst of my pain at the moment is the tearing feeling of the muscles that they cut either side of the spine to do the fusion,and the swollen back that feels like i have a hard cover book placed under my skin across my back.I have to be thankful i survived and my wife was home when the accident happened otherwise the doctors assure me i would have passed where i lay.Anyway with time on my hands now will keep a update of how i recover this time,last time with the l4/5 fusion it took about 6ths to be somewhat better 12 months pretty good 2 years mostly recovered but still have pain. Hoping this time will be a bit quicker recovery but doctors wouldn't talk to me much about how i would be going.


  • What an amazing story!
    You seem to have a good positive attitude and you are going to need it over the coming days and months as the soreness and discomfort isn't going to go away in a hurry.
    My t5/6 laminectomy and fusion seems a mere stroll in the park in comparison, but that involved removing a rib, dislocating a shoulder, collapsing a lung and cutting through lots of tendons so I recognize some of your pain and discomfort.
    I agree with you about keeping moving, I'm convinced it aids recovery. Good specialist physiotherapy would be a great help too if you can get it.
    Good luck and keep us up to date with your progress.

    I'm not young enough to know everything - Oscar Wilde
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