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Second spinal fusion

 I had a spinal fusion in Nov 2017. A couple of months ago I began having the burning sciatica pain again. I saw my surgeon & my fusion didn't take so am having it done again ty omorrow. Has anyone had 2 fusions done on lower spine? If so, how'd it go? 



  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,357

     While you are waiting for other members to reply, I want to tell you good luck with surgery tomorrow and keep us posted when you feel better.

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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 971


    I had almost the same issue...

    I had a double level PLIF in May 2013 and after 18 months like you I started to get a lot of sciatica down my right leg which grew progressively worse.  After some xrays and a CT scan my doctor confirmed that I had not fused at the L5-S1 level and had to go in and redo the fusion in Jan 2015.  The recovery from the second surgery was pretty rough... I'm not sure why... but it's now 3 years later and I'm doing pretty good all things considered.  Did you discuss with your doctor why you didn't fuse..???

    Harry - 65 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
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