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3 weeks Pre Surgery L5- S1 anterior fusion w hardware

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  • I am sorry you have to have the surgery but this site is certainly the right place for helpful info. The post-op must have's list is excellent.

    Another really important suggestion is to make a schedule of which meds you are to take when and check them off as you take them. This was especially helpful at night when I would wake up to take a pill then go right back to sleep. And because it is so critical to stay on schedule and ahead of the pain, I set the alarm at night for the times I needed to take meds so I would not sleep through the scheduled time and then wake up in pain.

    Keep us posted on what surgery you will be having and how you are doing!
  • My wife unfortunately already has been dealing with me getting crankier and crankier by the day since the last failed epidural. I have gotten 4 opinions thus far 2 from WC 2 on my own. All I remember from the last meeting with the surgeon was a plate with screws on the front of the vertebrae and a cage. I'm set to verify everything with the surgeon tomorrow before i go for PreOp Clearance on friday.
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  • From what I remember today from the Pre-Op testing we're definitely doing an ALIF with pedicle screws and cage.
  • just got back from the last consult before the big day. the surgeon confirmed that we're going to do an ALIF with a plastic cage, a couple donor bone fragments, bone protein, with a titanuim plate and pedicel screws. Looks like a day and a half (if all goes well) stay in the hospital then home.
  • Rich, im 9 days post-op with L4 & L5 Fusion. with your experience can you (quickly as i dont want to take a lot of your time up) give me some ideas, tips and overview as im waling in your footsteps. thanks as i know you understand as youve been where im at.

    Terry
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  • Hello,
    I am 33 and planning on spinal fusion in June. I have slippage of L5 Grade III. I am having urinary incontinence related to nerve damage from my spondy. I have had for years but other sx's have been managable, and so surgery has always been postponed. I am wondering if anyone else ever had this consequence of their spondylolisthesis and if the surgery helped at all. In addition, there is something called stabilimax that I am eligible for- it is a clinical trial- it would be an alternative to fusion. I think 2/3's of those in the trial get stabilimax, supposed to offer flexibility of the joint versus the "fusion" etc. Please let me know- thanks in advance.
    Jane
  • RGerrish said:
    My wife unfortunately already has been dealing with me getting crankier and crankier by the day since the last failed epidural. I have gotten 4 opinions thus far 2 from WC 2 on my own. All I remember from the last meeting with the surgeon was a plate with screws on the front of the vertebrae and a cage. I'm set to verify everything with the surgeon tomorrow before i go for PreOp Clearance on friday.

    Do you have a lawyer for WC? I didn't for the 1st year but when my work started to harrased me I got a laywer and he's a great one. I go for my surgeron thoughts next month for my back. I've got 3 heriated disc, annular tears, and severe DDD on top of that and the other three surgerons told me that surgery won't fix my problems so I found another one.

    I'm tired of being in pain and noone listen to me cry out! Had one surgeron tell me that I was overweight and drug user because I am on Fentanyl and he doesn't give his patience it. Said its addictive drug, but I told him that I wasn't here to have him tell me that I am overweight and need to stop taking my meds!

    I told him I'm in pain with my lower back that's why I'm here.

    I walked out and told him to mind his own business and I'll find someone else to help me!

  • Hi,
    I am 35 and have been living with Spondylolysthesis Grade III (L5-S1) since diagnosed when I was 17 years old. i am an ex-national athlete in rythmic gymnastics and badminton. I wore corsets until I was 22. I tried different physiotherapy programs throughout the years, have always remained active with tolerable pain in my lower back. However, since over a year ago, I have pain in my right hip, my big right toe is numb and upper sacrum is protruding. I can't stay in the same position (standing or sitting) for very long. I spent the year going to appointments (sports medicine specialist, physio, osteo, acupuncturist, GP, physiatrist). Went for an MRI, which shows no disc left between L5-S1, and the spinal canal is narrowed at that area. I saw 3 different orthopedists, 2 of which said "wow, it's a miracle you're still walking!" - Not what I want to hear(!). Recently, I saw a neuro-surgeon who told me "you have a back of a 75 year old, it's as though you don't have a back at all therefore you can't do anything, your sphincters might not work either in 1 week, 6 months or a year from now, your L5 might disconnect from your spine, you might be paralysed" and then he opened the door and said "next!". I was absolutely traumatized.

    My pain is chronic but it is still tolerable. I do exercices every second day, and do "aqua-jogging". But it certainly does affect my quality of life since I have become more and more limited in my activities and it is sometimes very frustrating. Sometimes I feel like my upper body will disconnect from my lower body, like my legs might not respond when walking, and the thought of surgery really scares me. I was told by some people in the surgical field that it is best to wait until undergoing surgery and to do it only if you can't walk anymore.

    Back pain is such a common problem in our society and so many people just don't seem to understand that some of us really do have chronic back pain and it's not psychological!! I have lots more to say, but this post is long enough! ;) Good luck to all of you!

  • Check out under the spondylolesthesis section. Interesting read from an OS from Isreal. Basically - all the conservative treatment won't do anything - your spine must be stabilized by a fusion. I am in the same boat - have grade II spondy and my symptoms are not that bad. I have surgery scheduled for 3 Aug and was considering canceling until I read his article and saw the result of a patient that put off surgery and the spondy just got worse. I headed in for a TLIF and am still freaked out about it, but I think it must be done. Atb, Mike
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