I'm having my 3rd fusion in 30 years. Ten years between first and second, 20 years since my second surgery. I am going to be fused from T10 down to L5, then also my pelvis. They want to do my neck also, but it is too dangerous to do all at one time. Has anyone out there had so many levels done at once? I have read about muliple fusions, but they seem stop at 3 levels. I am extremely scared and wondering how long I will "be down" from this one. I know it actually takes about 2 years for full recovery, I'm wodering about the post surgical time. The others were ao about 3 months of severe restrictions, body cast, braces etc. This time I am told no cast or brace. I will be having hardware installed thru my whole spine, I have plates and screws in my second fusion now. Anyone that can give me any advice? thanks.
Monica m. Cochran