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Revision Surgery - Second opinion?

Hi all,

I have had continuing severe pain and issues following my L4-S1 fusion and revision (11/2015 and 6/2016). The second surgeon lost his medical license, so I went to a neurologist to review my case. He told me that my top screws are loose, the bottom screws are way too long, and I am only partially fused. He wants to do a revision - removing everything except ancage as it's already incorporated into the bone. I also saw an orthopedic surgeon that took over the patients of my former surgeon. She agrees with the neuro - but says I am fused 'enough', the screws won't get any looser, and I don't need another operation.

To those who have had one or more revision surgeries - did you get multiple opinions?  In my gut, I feel like I need another operation. I had the same feeling after my first botched surgery. 

Any thoughts re second opinion (3rd really)? Has anyone else been diagnosed with a partial fusion? The neuro said he bets I have pseudoarthrosis but he wouldn't know for sure  until he opens me up.



  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,393

    Would another opinion give you peace of mind? If this one tells you that you don't need surgery but your gut feeling says you do, then what? I would go back and ask her to explain "fused enough" and how does she know the screws won't get any looser.
    Good luck with this decision.

    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator
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  • Thanks Sandra. I should add the surgeon who told me surgery isn't necessary is young and not that experienced, compared to other surgeons.

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