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6 months post PLIF

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

Guys I need some opinions please. I am 6 months post revision PLIF (I had Dynsesis and PLIF 18 mths ago)but failed union so had it removed. I am still in agony. If a level was declared non union what changes and after what sort of time? My revision was did not address the non union just changed the hardware. I have a review coming up and I'm scared Doc will wash his hands of me...Pain being caused by something and NOT in my head. My drugs don't work - i still get breakthrough. On a good day they may cover me for 3 hours but on a bad day it is like I have taken sweets, sugar pills. So I have learnt that removal of Dynesis is painful and risk of further surgery success reduced. Is this true? so many questions. What do I need to ask him now?

Sorry this is a bit of a whine...I need some direction. Thanks


  • You need to find out what exactly is causing the pain. I know that sounds basic and it sounds like you have assumed that it is the non-union that has caused it.
    Did the Dr use the BMP when you had the fusion?
    If you have a non-fusion still is there any way they coudl add the BMP to the graft (dont know if this is possible).
    Also why did the revision not address the non-union?were they hoping that it may have just been slow to happen?
    I dont know much about the Dynesis except that there seem to be a lot of people having it removed.

    That si all I can help with I'm sorry.
    Oh are you walking? I have found that walking can make my back hurt but then if i keep going the pain actually goes away with the more I walk.

    Blessings Sara
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