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Revision fusion surgery at L4, L5, S1 next week!

Having revision surgery after failed fusion surgery last summer. Fusion didn't take, two screws may be loosening, S1 nerve may be moving across screw causing my pain....anyone else go through this? Anyone have advice for a good outcome/recovery? Starting to get nervous and am hoping I am making the right decision......


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • i take it that you have had your surgery now ?? if so i can imagine that you feel like crap .and will do for a few weeks .i don't know your age or how many surgeries you have had .but from experience .i can tell you that ALIF/PLIF are massive operations and recovery is slow and sometimes recovery never happens .you just continue to be in pain and have leg problems .and abdominal problems can start from an ALIF because its like having two operations an abdominal and a spinal operation .there are no hard and fast rules with spinal surgery .some do well and some don't .{guess which camp i am in !} ..good luck with the recovery and don't expect miracles
    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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