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Dynesys

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Had my Dynamic Stabilization Spinal System operation last Tuesday 7th Oct. 4 Pedical Screws Either side between L2 and L5. 3 Spacers each side and the tensioning cord.
In the Ops Dept 5 hours with according to the Surgeons 3 1/2 hours on the table.
Up on a Zimmer Frame pm Wednesday...two Sticks am Thursday no aids pm Thursday. lots of walking Friday including stairs and home pm Saturday.
They don't waste time.
Much pain but I think it is mostly wound pain. Off pain killers now so onwards and upwards.
Has anyone else had any experience of Dynesys ????
Cheers

Tony B
UK
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  • Hi Tony,
    Welcome and good luck!

    I had Dyneseys too, 20 mths ago L4-S1 but sadly had it removed 12 mths later - it didn't quite do the job for me.

    However, recovery and mobility was very good, remained pretty flexible and was back at work 16 weeks, walking 6 miles a day.

    You never said what problems they are trying to resolve?

    Anyway, heres to onwards and better!
  • My problem was more pain with walking, dead legs after a couple of hundred yards.
    last year I had a Spinal Decompression....the hammer and chisel job. No help at all.
    You've worried me by saying yours has had to be taken out !!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Hi guys, I'm based in Maidstone, Kent, UK. Just wanted to say thanks to you for your postings, got the op next Monday. Been living with chronic pain for over 4 years now - seen 2 surgeons, had x-rays, MRIs and 2 spinal probes. Have got degeneration at L4-L5 and L5-S1. Disc tear at L5, leaking TNF. Abnormal L5 vertebra with large right-sided tranverse process. Scoliosis at L4-L5. Take Naproxen, Tramadol, Co-codamol and when really struggling, Amitriptyline. Also suffering with bladder problems, urge incontinence, for which I'm taking Trospium Chloride. Doing it all (at various times) - hydrotherapy, pilates, swimming, spinal manipulation, meditation, reflexology, you name it - but I've finally come to the decision that surgery in the form of Dynesis is the right next step for me.

    In this respect I have started my own blog about my experience - I don't know if it will be of help to anyone out there, I hope it might - http://dynesis-kellys-story.blogspot.com/ - I've also started a Dynesis group on Facebook - everyone welcome! Looking forward to a brighter, drug and pain free future (I hope). Hang in there x
  • Hi there Kelster
    WE are not too far apart
    Graveney near Faversham.
    I was **EDITED** last week.
    One week on and still lots of pain but I think it's only wound pain.
    At the moment waiting for the District Nurse to arrive to change my dressing
    Good luck with yours


    Doctors name and contact details removed by forum Moderator (paulgla). We do not permit publishing specific doctor's or institution names and contact details.
  • Please remember our individual specifics will be different so worry not that mine was removed. Was not a device fail - but a body fail! LOL - my words not the doctors!

    I am sure it is a highly successful piece of kit and in the right patients would be very good. I was much more flexible withit.

    Read up on your post op musts - I strongly urge you to take a slippery sheet (satin or sleeping bag type material) to hospital for your log rolling afterwards. Makes the tuff job of log rolling sooo much easier!

    Good Luck Both!
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  • Thats the problem I did not get any Post Op Musts.
    Just Sat morning from the Ward Sister "You can go home this afternoon, take things easy"
    I do not know what I CAN,CANNOT, SHOULD, WILL BE ABLE TO DO!!!
    NO exercise instructions, should I try and walk every day ?
    How long should the pain last etc etc
    Thats why I have been wandering the web. To try and findout what I should be doing ????
  • Tony, that is really awful that they didn't give you any post-op instructions. Can you ask the district nurse to assist you with this? All surgeons are different so perhaps you can try to call your sugeon, I know easier said than done. A few common things with spinal sugery would be no bending, lifting, twisting (BLT). Avoid prolonged sitting, usually less than 10-20 minutes per hour. Walk several times a day as able, not to exhaustion. Rest a lot. If you search for spine post-op instructions on google you will find a few surgeons who have them on their websites. Not ideal, but you can get a sense of what is common. I would be calling the surgeon/hospital etc. to clarify. I was given a detailed post-op instruction list prior to surgery as well as instructions at the time of discharge. I hope you find some answers soon, Sue
  • Hey Tony I also had Dynesys installed about 14 weeks ago. Sounds like you had more levels than my 2. You should have 8 screws if I read your levels right.(?) I am still trying to recover. Cali-Sue gave you great guidelines. My recovery has been very similar to what I have read about traditional fusions. I *thought* this method would be easier and offer a quicker recovery but it has not, at least for me. Just listen to your body, don't push it too hard. Walk in small increments as often as you can and like mentioned above avoid sitting for long periods of time. My guidelines were 20 minutes max per hour or until uncomfortable which ever came first. My tailbone or more likely the s1/L5 is still sensitive to sitting. I had staples that came out at the 2 week mark. Try to keep them clean and dry. Use common sense and I'd also recommend a list of questions for your next appointment. Take care of yourself and check back to let us know how you are doing!
  • Sorry.
  • Talk about doing things wrong.
    Before I left hospital the Phisios had me lying on my back and trying to legs straight and reach my toes. ie bending.
    I have sat around most of the day watching TV, on the computer etc etc. Very little walking. Some bending lifting and twisting.
    How to do things wrong with no instructions.
    Just had my first walk outside ...about 400 yds. Hips hurt and pins and needles in left leg.
    I get some horrendous nerve pains at night if I turn over. One in particular like a sharp burn in my left buttock. Its agony. Goes after I get up in the morning.
    Pity this is one long moan but there u go

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