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kyphosis, spondy, and removal of vertebrae

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
A surgeon is talking about removing T-11 along with a T4-L4 fusion to correct spondy at L3-L4 and a kyphosis above and old T11-L3 fusion. Anybody out there had any thing similar done??? If so, how are you? What can I expect? I'm scared. Thanks, Helen


  • Gosh that is a big op!

    A couple of questions
    1) Do you mean he wants to remove T11 vertebrae and if so what is he going to replace it with?
    2) are you saying you have already had T11-L3 fused? How did that go?
    T4-L4 is a massive fusion and I can only imagine that you would be left as stiff as a board as far as movement goes.
    Have you had a second opinion? If so what was the answer.

    Also how old are you (no offense).

    What are your symptons, are you in pain, have numbness etc

    I hope someone else here is able to answer your questions better then I.

    Blessings Sara O:)
  • Fusion is a big enough operation so I would definately seek a second opinion here.

    I understand that the thorax region of our spines is a delicate area for surgeons and many will not go there.

    Why are they removing a vertebrae? Sounds radical!

    I hope you are not in too much pain!
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  • Hi,
    yes he wants to remove t-11 (or 12) and replace it with nothing. my first dr opinion is calling it scoliosis but not side to side, im bending forward. had a t-11 to L-3 fusion in 1984. they inserted luque rods (i guess they dont use them any more) and after breaking away from the rods they went in and took them out 1 year later. the surgeon thought possibly they were removed before the fusion was healed. ive always had a nagging ache. just starting the pain down the leg. the back area pain is getting worse. i dont take anything stronger than motrin a couple times a day. this whole thing is freaking me out. he says he can give me my life back but im wondering "maybe im not that bad yet". p.s. Im 47 years old

  • Hi Hjohn , how are you ?

    Have you had your surgery yet ? How did that go ? I am really curious about it because you mention that your doctor wanted to remove your t-11 and replace it with nothing !
    Thanks . Josie
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