Hi All, I've been reading through the forums to find others having multi level fusions but haven't found any one having fusions over 11+ vertebrae to compare recovery time ,pain,expectations ect.
On 12th march I will be having posterior fusion from T4 to L3 with oesteotomies and bone grafts. Just wondering if there's anyone on the forums who have been through or are about to also have such extensive fusion. Listening to peoples experience of having smaller fusions and how much pain they have had is making me very nervous.
My surgery has come about from the fact I had a fracture 2yrs ago at T12 that was missed, I have had lots of back pain since, lost 2.5inchs in hight and when I started to have numbness from the waist down last June an MRI revield the missed fracture had collapsed and T12 is vertually non existent, just a very thin wedge left which has caused a large deformaty with a large s shaped spine now with 80" kyphosis.
My post op concerns are really due to the fact I also have Lupus and antiphospholipid syndrome so have been on steroids for 16yrs and take lots of other meds too. Due to the fact I have been on full dose of tramadol every day for years now ( although still have lots of pain) I am worried it is going to be difficult to get any descent pain control and just how much mobility I will have in the early days.
I would love to be in contact with anyone that has gone or is going to go through similar surgery.
Regards Jude ☺