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Has anyone ever had the back flaps removed without having a fusion done

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a laminectomy bilaterally & spinectomy 15 years ago, no fusion was done at that time, does anyone have this same occurance?


  • Often Drs do a laminectomy, discectomy or other more minor surgeries first. Not everyone needs a fusion and for a lot of people a minor op is all that is ever needed.
    I am sorry this is not the case for you but maybe having what you did 15 years ago bought you some time and maybe you didn't need a fusion back then either.
    Remember too that with time comes progress and a better surgical way of doing things.

    Blessings Sara O:)
  • Yep, like Angel said, there is way better technology now than 15 years ago for fusions. So it is probably to your benefit to have a fusion now instead of then. Do you have spondylolisthesis? It is a risk after laminectomy, I believe they call it iatrogenic spondylolisthesis, meaning it was caused by medical treatment. Of course surgery is frightening and stressful, but unfortunately as a Spiney patient it is all too common to need more than one in your lifetime. If you have surgery there are a ton of resources on this site to help you get prepared. Good-luck, >:D< Sue
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  • Hi Cali-Sue, thank you for your opinion and comments, yes I do beleive that once your operated, surely there will be more to follow. I am disappointed cause I feel that my specialist should have fused them to start with, I was paralized for 3 months before they beleived me and did a emergency dye test which at that time the test revealed the sciatica compression on L4-L5 root, he did cut out the flaps to release the sciatica but didn't graf it or stabalize it with screws, that's a very bad judgement call on his part. I do disagree with Angel when she says that this operation was minor, how do you define minor when they open your back, make you sign a consent form that basically tells you the chance to come out of this operation either walking or paralized 50/50%, those are not great odds dont you think.

  • Diane, I think you took what I said the wrong way, I was meaning that the surgery you did have COMPARED to a fusion was minor. I have had both (7 years apart) so know the difference.
    My intention was not to make light of what you have had but make you realise the difference.
    Blessings Sara O:)
  • What levels are affected now, just the original, or others also? Maybe try to look at the positives in the situation. If he had fused you 15 years ago, you may be looking at adjacent level disease now caused by the fusion. By allowing your spine to maintain some mobility, it protected those discs at the levels above and below, at least for a while. With fusion those adjacent discs frequently wear out, requiring more fusion. I hope you get some relief soon, I think you did good to make it 15 years. Let us know what happens. Take care, >:D< Cali-Sue
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  • Sara,

    Ok, why are you still using words like COMPARED if you not minamizing my operation, even though you had both operation doesn't make you an expert on this subject, seems to me that your the type of person that thinks she knows everything, your not a doctor thank god, I sure dont like your opinions nor your bedside manners. I though this was a support group, to share our experiences, not just yours, and that's exactly what your doing.

    Please restrain yourself on giving me anymore advise, if you can call this advise, I beleive it's more comparing, and of course yours is way worse than everybody elses.

    I am very disappointed in joining this support group, I am insulted, I hope someone else can give me advise, but not you SARA.

  • Just want to let you know that you have been a tremendous help to many of us on this site! You have been through so much and we appreciate the information you provide! Just my 2 cents worth!
  • Sara, some people just must have a chip on their shoulder to get all bent out of shape when you are trying to be helpful. Any spine surgeon will agree with you that a fusion is much more involved/major than a laminectomy. You have been a great help to many of us here on SH and I appreciate you and your input. Love ya, >:D< Cali-Sue
  • Joy and Cali- Sue

    Some people just prefer to be victims and there is nothing anyone can do to help.

    hugs to you both O:) Sara
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