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charleswccharlesw Posts: 21
edited 11/15/2015 - 2:48 PM in New Member Introductions
Hello everyone, My name is Charles and I am 49 yrs old. I had an accident when I was 18 and had a compression fracture of L2 vertebrae. I had Harrington rods put in at that time from T11/T12 to L5/S1 and I am fused from T11 to L5. About 15 years ago, I decided to see a spine specialist to see what I could do to relieve the pain. He said a lot of my pain was due to the Harrington rods causing Flatback.
He recommended doing a lumbar osteotomy to correct my reversed lumbar lordosis.
At that time, he was telling me the surgery would be a 2 day surgery, they would do the first part and let me rest a week and then do the 2nd part. He said my recovery time would be about a year to full recovery. At that time I felt I could just put up with the pain because I couldn't see being out of work for a whole year.

A few years ago, I started having pain shooting down my leg and my foot would start tingling. This mainly happened at night, depending on how I was laying in the bed. After dealing with that for a few years, I went to a local spine doctor and he said it sounds like Sciatica. He ordered an MRI, but due to the Harrington Rods, the MRI didn't show much.

Finally last month I decided to go see another spine doctor to see if there were any new ways of doing the surgery that might not require such a long recovery. The spine surgeon said they would need to do the lumbar osteotomy just as the first one told me. He said the surgery could be done in one day. He described the surgery process and drew pictures to show what would be done. He said I would be cut in the back and in the front but he said I could be back to work in as little as 2 months, since I can sit whenever I need to for my job. To me, that sounded a little bit fast to return to work. Has anyone else here has similar surgery and been able to return to work that fast?

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