Fibrin Sealant Treatment

Fibrin Sealant Treatment

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lcarpenter
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Fibrin Sealant Treatment

Just thought I'd let you guys know that my son had the Fibrin Sealant procedure done in Tyler, TX on Wednesday. I will post periodically so that anyone interested can follow his progress (hopefully progress). He's still in the early stages of recovery and it was a bigger deal than we had anticipated. For instance, he can't drive for a month - just what a 19-year-old boy wants to hear! Lol. The doc says it will take about 2 - 3 weeks before he starts feeling better. Then he has to be REALLY careful about what he does for the next 6 months. The healing won't be complete for about a year, but after that his discs should be completely back to normal. I'll be happy to answer anyone's questions the best I can. Things are pretty hectic in my life right now, so it might take a couple of days to reply to questions or comments, but I thought some of you might be interested in this procedure and how it goes. Good luck to you all and happiest of holidays!

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Fibrin Sealant Update

Hi anelsen Smile No new news so far. He's still in pain, but says it feels different. The doc said it would take a while for all his muscles and ligaments to adjust to the new alignment of the spine and that his would cause "discomfort". I love how docs always describe pain as discomfort - lol. Perhaps the "different" pain is part of this adjustment??? Who knows. The spine is such a mystery! Anyway, I'll post as things progress - thinking positive!!!

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Fibrin Sealant Update

He's still in pain, but able to move around a lot more now. Able to sleep without pain meds. Was cleared to drive on Wednesday. It's amazing how much happier a teenage boy is with car keys in his hand! He says the pain now very "different", but can't really describe it except to say it feels like pressure on the discs that is causing pain. The same pain he's had for the past 4 years is completely gone. So...we're just waiting to see if this new pain goes away, hopefully leaving no pain at all??? It's been 4 1/2 weeks - I'm getting pretty anxious & hoping this is going to work. I'll keep you guys posted. Smile

DaveFusion
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Icarpenter: this is an

Icarpenter: this is an interesting procedure. Would you like give us more detail regarding what your son was diagnosed with, what the testing reports said and what happened during the procedure (what the scope of the procedure was). That would help us to understand some more about the procedure, when and why its used and how it works.

Regards.

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More info...

Sure, I'd be happy to give you any information I can. We searched for a diagnosis for about 4 years before getting a diagnosis of Internal Disc Disruption with Annular Tears. His doctor explained that the nucleus of his disc was torn and leaking a very irritating substance out onto the nerves surrounding the disc causing constant pain. This was diagnosed with a discogram. This test showed definite disc problems on the lowest two discs in his lumbar spine & probable problems with the disc right above. The procedure he had done basically involved injecting the discs with substances that naturally occur in your body and are responsible for sealing & healing wounds. The idea is that these substances will seal the tears in the discs and allow them to heal. The procedure was done on an outpatient basis and the entire process, including time in the recovery room took about 3 hours. They said the recovery process takes about 6 weeks. He has to be very, very careful about movements/lifting, etc. for at least 6 months, and won't be considered "back to normal" for a year. We're still in the early stages of recovery (almost 5 weeks). I guess time will tell if it worked or not. There are lots of articles about this procedure. If you just type in Fibrin Sealant for the spine you should be able to get much better information than I can give you. But, if you have other questions I can answer, just let me know.

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Sealant Update

Well, no good news. Six weeks into this and he's in the hospital due to extreme pain. Went to the E.R. during the middle of the night two nights ago due to an huge increase in pain. They couldn't get the pain under control there so he was admitted. MRI showed swelling in the spine causing the pain. No infection, thank goodness. Tissues in L4 and L3 discs are holding fluid due to procedure. Guess we just have to wait it out. Minimal pain relief right now. Didn't think I'd ever say this, but this is worse than anything else we've gone through so far. Doesn't look like we'll be going home any time soon. Wish I had better news.

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Hoping the pain gets under

Hoping the pain gets under control soon and things starting looking up for you guys.

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Thank you

Thanks Dave for the good wishes. Smile

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Worrieeeeed

We've been in the hospital since Wednesday night. Very limited progress. Pain still not under control. Rarely under a 9 with spikes to 10 every 2 hours. That's with IV pain medication, steroids, muscle relaxants, etc. as often as they can give them with medication by mouth in between. Are we EVER going to get a handle on this? Doctor who did the procedure is 3 hours away, so no chance of seeing him. No way to find out how to address the underlying issue that is causing the pain. What to do??????????????? This is a nightmare. On the positive side - nicest hospital ever. Caring doctors and nurses. Very professional. Super atmosphere and very nice private rooms. Room Service!!!

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Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Can't catch a break!

Still in the hospital. Still in lots of pain. They've officially ruled out an infection. Yay! 2nd MRI is still showing lots of inflamation at L4. Undoubtedly this is causing severe pain. Also showing a new Smorls Node there. Why??? Anyway, apparently we just wait until the swelling goes down and the pain decreases enough that we can go home.

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Hi

I wanted to wish your son a speedy recovery, I hope he is doing better. And I hope you continue to have the strength that a parent needs when they are faced with situations like this in life.

Take Care.

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