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I'm having a PLIF!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Finally, after 10 months of suffering and lots of waiting, I got my 2nd opinion on tuesday and I saw my original surgeon again today. He is happy to do the surgery! He will remove the Dynesys hardware and then replace it with a PLIF. What I found very telling was when he was dictating what was required for the surgery, he said they would need a Dynesys removal kit. Then he went on to say that he has had to do revisions on every single Dynesys patient they have had!

So, he is hoping that he will be able to get me in to have this done sometime in September - that I was not expecting! So now it's a mixture of excitement and extreme nervousness, especially as he has just gone through all the possible risks and complications, and warned me that after all that this may not actually work with regards to lessening my pain. But it's a risk worth taking in my opinion.

So, the only down side to all of this is that I now have to rush to find my dog a new home. As some of you already know I am struggling to take care of him and I'm just not going to be able to do it after the surgery. It really saddens me but it has to be done :( I've decided to keep my cats for now, and just see how things go. They aren't as much work (unless they are throwing up or bringing me dead animals home as gifts!) I'll let you all know when I have a date - already got my grabbers and grab rails in the shower, so that's a good start!

Will keep you posted on when I get a date!


  • Spicey,

    Sounds like a plan!

    Interesting note about the dynesis - I heard similar too. The procedure is not different from first so hopefully you recover well.

    And you've got it booked so soon! Well done.

    Its a long walk.
  • Last time I was told it would have been over a year so I was expecting to wait at least several months before anything would happen!
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  • Awesome news!NHS is not that bad after all... =D>
    Get ready,it's just around the corner.I'll be thinking of you!

    Cheers,G. >:D< >:D<
  • Thanks for the words of encouragement! And was that a win for you guys last night?? ;)
  • Spicey,

    That is good news. Very intersting that your Surgeon has had to remove all of DS- could there be a class action law suit coming?

    Sorry to hear about your dog- maybe he can go to foster care for a couple of months instead of a new home?

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  • Hi Spicey,
    So sorry that another op is the solution, but I am glad that there is a solution to try.

    I would like to extend you a very warm welcome to the Club of September re-dos . TerriJV and myself are also eagerly waiting for the post to arrive to tell us which date in September we will be having our respective fusions and hope to spend our recoveries on here together, comparing notes and trying to keep each other sane (or is it insane ?) 8}

    I don`t have an awful lot of pain now,since my surgeon hit bullseye with his latest prescription cocktail of meds,last month. It has me down at a livable 2 to 3,(used to be 4 to 8 on the pain scale) But my quality of life is miserably poor and sleeping patterns are pitiful, can`t hobble far. I am dependant on others for so much and I hate it. My memory is hopeless and frustrating, and I am hoping my Gabapentin (neurontin) days will soon be over! In fact when I spool up to see what you have written , I have forgotten the next point by the time I have spooled back down to type. How sad is that ? :S

    I hope we all 3 ( and any other September re dos out there ) regain some of our previous lifes quality eventually.

    I wonder if you could find some neighbourhood dog walkers ? There were no end of neighbourhood kids turning up here and volunteering to be dragged round the village by my Saint Bernard. Once she was walked and had been fed and watered, she was no trouble, always just within a few feet from me for the first 4 months of my last recovery even if I entered her dreaded Chamber of Doom, to have a bath , she was never far away, Just an idea.

    I am being taken out grabber shopping tomorrow and have still got bannisters on both sides of the stairs and a support rail in the shower cubicle from last time. The rest will be lent to me by the hospital when the time comes, hate the loo seat raiser, but couldn`t do without it last time, starting to get anxious, unlike last time , but back then I never thought of the possibility of me being in the 3% where stuff just goes wrong.

    Oh well, cheers to us and a better life!
    (Viking raises her glass of fizzy, orange flavoured calcium & Vit D supplement)

    Best Wishes Viking :)))

  • I so hope you get the relief you need spicey!! But you have me so worried about my newly installed 2 level Dyneses. Please (and I know you will) keep us posted on every detail. I'm still doing great and I hope it stays that way. So it's on to the countdown for you in DAYS not months. You'll do great, your what we call an old hat at this back surgery thing now so you will be fine. I am so happy for you!

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  • WOW, that does seem so quick! Cool that you have some resolution started!

    I'm worried inafix now too though - yikes. Think positive, think positive, think positive!

    well, it sure seems that September is the big month for re-do's. I do hope the count stays at 3 though. Seriously having to have any re-do at all is sad, just having to think of all the extra pain and suffering you all have had.
  • I like the idea of foster care for your dog. I'm 7 weeks post op and started walking my dogs around 5 weeks. Maybe it's an option?

    Good Luck!!!!
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