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2nd surgery likely after vertebrectomy - anyone done this?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm new here (20 minutes), and I haven't seen all the old posts yet, so I'm sorry if this is common.

I had a T8 vertebrectomy last year and just had my 1 year follow up MRI a couple days ago. My neurosurgeon (great doc/ good person) just nicely explained that the remainder of my tumor is alive and growing toward the spinal cord.

He was trying to stay upbeat, but already had a surgical plan in the event that it is still growing in April. Anyone have posterior work done after anterior work? Anyone with a total vertebrectomy? I'm just curious about what I'll be left with back there. The vertebral body is gone already, so what kind of options are there to protect the cord if they take the rest of the bone?

On the personal side, I was really hoping to sell my 3rd story walkup condo before another surgery. Not looking too good there. At least it won't be the middle of winter this time. Ice is scary post op...


  • Hey Lucky Break,

    I'm sorry to hear of all your surgeries and ongoing developments. totally sucks! and hope things have improved for you since this last post and that you are on your way to a speedy recovery.
    I'm afraid I have no knowledge on any of this, so can't offer you any advice, but i was searching the forums for vertebrectomy and came across your post.
    I am due to have a full verterbrectomy and replace with titaniam rod, for a very rare tumor that if left could become cancerous, so no option but to go ahead. I have been in a great deal of pain for the last 2 years. I just wondered if you could offer any advice on the surgery? recovery? if it helped you and symptoms you had?
    Any advice would be so much appreciated, thanks.
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