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23 and going for spinal fusion

Joebondo13JJoebondo13 Posts: 1
edited 04/12/2015 - 8:46 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
As the topic says a 23 year old guy and was recommended for a spinal fusion. I was in a car accident and have herniated discs, not sure exactly which ones they're called but it's the lower ones and the pain shoots to my right leg. I've been to a few other surgeons and I've gotten mixed reviews, but I feel most comfortable with the surgeon that recommended the fusion. He sat down with me and my family for 2 hours showing me my mri and explaining every single thing from before the surgery to after and answered all my questions. I am 97% sure I'm going for it, but looking it up I see so many people saying not to. I've been going to physical therapy for a while to strengthen up for the surgery. He has been the physical therapist everyone in my family goes to he's know me since I was little. He was the one who really convinced me that the surgery would be best for me being that he has nothing to lose because weather or not I'm going to go to him for physical therapy. He told me not to let people try talking me out of it because of things that they've heard, and said that back surgery has come so far. Basically I'm just wanting to hear about people's experiences with it. Being I am so young I'd rather get it done and over with now so I can get back to a somewhat normal life. I know I'm not going to be 100% but anything is better than how I am now.


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  • Fusion is a huge surgery, and you will not be the same after. Sometimes there is no other option. You sound similar to me, in that the Dr told me the injections, etc would no longer help me.

    After a fusion, the other discs are put under greater stress and will cause problems also. You may be one of the lucky ones , but most of us end up on medications for life, although some of us are mostly functional.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
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