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How common is it???

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a L5-S1 Fusion & Laminectomy in April 2007. I had to get a series of EPI's a few months after because I was still having significant pain. I am doing much better now, still the pain is there and I am still on meds. I am only 31 and I wanted to see how mnay ended up needing another back surgery? My doctor says its unlikley but I do have degenerative dic diease as well as facet syndrome. Most of you also have had multiple surgeries so I am wondering if I should prepare for the possibility.



  • Yes, I will second what Paul has said. You will find positive surgeries here and you will find members that have not needed further surgery but you will find a lot more members that have needed it because they need the support of the board.
    I had a laminectomy 7 years ago and recently had a fusion but I also have other medical problems that contributed.

    If I had realised after the laminectomy how important it was to keep active,stop smoking, keep walking and most of all to keep the core stability muscles strong- then I quite likely may not have needed the fusion.
    So a lot of it is up to us, and how healthy we keep our bodies, but as Paul said, it is a question you really need to ask your surgeon.

    Blessings Sara
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