Hello fellow spine pain sufferers.
I had 2 major spine surgeries october o7 at the UCSF Medical Center for DDD, Spinal Stenosis, Flat Back Syndrome, bulging disc and Thoratic Kyphosis. this was a two stage surgery. The first surgery went 14 hours, the second went 12 hours. They decompressed Li through S1, opened up nerve exits, broke my back in 3 places and then rebuilt the spine. 36 Pedicle screws and Titainium rods from the bottom of the neck to the sacrum. Everything was going well. I was going to PT 3 times a week, walking 2 mile every morning and doing pretty good considering what I had done. One week before my 6 month check up, the rods snapped.. Long story short, I had to go back in to have the rods redone, another 12 hour surgery. Went home for 3 weeks, then had to come back for the second stage of the redo surgery. They went in through the front and removed the 3 lower lumbar disc and put in 3 titainium cages in the front. It has been 2 months - and i still feel a lot of pain. When they redid the rods, I came home feeling pretty good. Then when I had the cages put in, I just don't feel good.. I go back in about a month for a ct and Xrays to check out the hardware and bone grafts. This has been the most difficult and painful procedure that I have ever had to go through. This is a total of 8 major spine surgeries since 1979, and I could possibly have to go through another one if there are problems with this one. I am optomistic that with PT, acupuncture and a healthy life style I will make it through this. Has anyone gone through this whole back fusion with rods and screws. Please let me know how your doing and what I can do to help my recovery.