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L2 to S1 Fusion for Degenerative Scoliosis

Sue KishSSue Kish Posts: 3
edited 01/02/2015 - 4:16 AM in Scoliosis
I am two weeks (Jan. 16th) away from having a L2 to S1 spinal decompression and fusion. I have delayed this surgery for 5 yrs but as the scoliosis is progressing the surgeon recommends going in sooner rather than later. Waiting might require fusing 3 more vertebrae:-( I have pain that I have managed with lifestyle changes and spinal infusions of steroids every 3 months. This surgery is really worrying me. I read a lot of negative comments on this site. Has anyone had good results?


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  • To continue this dialogue...........
    Symptoms started about 6 or 7 yrs ago, pain through my hips and legs. This is a degenerative condition, not trauma related. I do have RA and this might have contributed to the issue.
    I have seen 3 doctors in Canada and have had my reports sent to one in the US with similar diagnosis from each.
  • Hi Sue,
    I had 12 level thoracic fusion 4 weeks ago to correct a similar to scoliosis ( sheuermanns) condition. I to was managing pain for years with physio, massage, pain meds but it was just getting worse so I booked e surgery 6 months ago. I couldn't find much info on it also & only found this site after. But yeah I was very scared on the day! Just family stuff ( I'm 33 male with 3 great kids) so was just worried about them. Anyway my surgery was massive, 17 hrs and a week in ICUs then anothern 10 days in hospital bu I am home now. I am glad I did it I can't believe I did it actually ! As my surgeon says when I am fully recovered my pain will be gone. I am managing ok now with pain meds but just exhausted each day & sore. I am confident I will be good to go in a month or two. I also spoke with some of my surgeons other patients who went through similar and they all are happy hey did it, it is massive surgery but the hardest part is making the decision, and you have !
    Good luck, we chose his option to be pain free in the long run and I believe we will be :)
  • Hi Evsolutions,

    Thank you very much for taking the time to comment. Your surgery sounds massive, mine will be minor in comparison. I am glad that the healing process is going well. Your positive comments are appreciated.
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