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Flat Back Surgery

Ms_MeccanoMMs_Meccano Posts: 1
edited 11/17/2015 - 9:38 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi Everyone,

I'm a 54 year old woman who has had two major spinal fusions. L1 to L5 in the 1970's and T1 to T12 in 2002.

I have developed Flat Back Syndrome that will need to be operated on. This would mean that the surgeon will remove the lumbar instrumentation that was done in the 1970's. That was the Dwyer Procedure which looks pretty barbaric but was new at that time.

The surgeon indicated that my vertebra will have to have wedges cut out in order to create a new curve in my lower back.

Flat back syndrome causes me to pitch forward and become unbalance while walking. I am unable to stand straight unless my knees are bent. There is quite a bit of fatigue that has progressed a lot over the last year. I used to be 5'8" and now I am 5'4" tall.

I was not that concerned about the other two surgeries, however, I am now concerned with having this one. I have had open heart surgery in 2011 and had a mechanical aortic valve put in. I now take blood thinners and other heart medication daily. I know that I have had a problem with bleeding during both back surgeries in the past.

Has anyone had a surgery to repair Flat Back Syndrome?

Flat back" syndrome
Jane Code


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 724
    Dear Ms Meccano

    You definitely need to tell your surgeon about the blood thinner and other medications you are taking BEFORE you go to surgery. I also take blood thinners for my heart and the surgeon had me switch medication one week before the surgery to ensure there would not be excessive bleeding.
    Harry - 63 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
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