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Upper thoracic fusion surgery?

michaelzmmichaelz Posts: 2
edited 06/07/2015 - 8:22 PM in New Member Introductions
Hi. My name is michaelz. I've had spine problems for years and have previously had surgery twice (once to remove a tumor and once to remove a disc (at T3/T4) that had ruptured and herniated. Last year I was diagnosed with a spondylolisthesis in the upper thoracic area. The vertebra had slipped forward. I just had another MRI done, and it seems it's moved even farther forward. My condition (pain) has worsened considerably. xxxxxx Hospital is recommending spinal fusion as I've tried therapy without results, and I'm getting worse. Anyone have experience with this?


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  • Hi Michaelz, while I dont have experience with spondylolisthesis or a herniated disc I do have experience with a thoracic fusion. I'm currently 9 months post op from my thoracic fusion from T4-T8. If you look at my signature pic to the left you can see my fusion hardware. This was all done due to trauma as I suffered a T6 burst fracture in a dirtbike accident in september 2014. I came very close to being paralyzed and fusion was needed to stabilize my spine as the fractured vertebrae was broken into pieces and could damage my spinal cord. I was in the hospital for 6 days before released. I spent 5 1/2 months in a brace that restricted movement of my head as well as bending. All that time, and still now, was told no bending/lifting/twisting. I barely started physical therapy almost 2 months ago. I can walk fine and move about fairly well but still not really allowed to do much so I dont know my full potential yet. Doc says give it the full year of healing before I go back to any kind of normal everyday living/routines. That's about all I guess, anything else you may want to know just ask and I will do my best to give you an answer.
    September 2014 : T6 burst fracture, multilevel fusion from T4-T8
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