I have had spinal surgeries going back to 1967: L5-S1 disc removal; L4-5 disc removal two years later; fusion to alleviate weakness and pain from the disc surgeries, but instead of doing L4-5,L5-S1 the surgeons fused L3-4, L4-5, leaving L5-S1 unstable. The pedicles wore away over time and in 1989 an orthopedic surgeon at MGH fused me from T-10 to the sacrum, which was wonderfully successful.
However, it started to weaken after 15 years and the same surgeon did two all-day procedures in 2005; the first was done through anterior area of the 10th rib and he fused as much as he could from the front, using one of my ribs (I have no more donor bone in my hips). Two days later he did a posterior fusion from T-4 to the sacrum, removing the old hardware and pulling me up into a standing position (I had become bent over). He used rods and pedicle screws.
I have been through much therapy and had injections for pain in my thoracic spine since the surgery. The major pain radiates from about my bra line and radiates around as spasms all the way to my sternum. Then I developed radiculopathy across my shoulders and down my arms.
Now in an attempt to alleviate my constant pain, he's suggesting an anterior fusion to be done by a chest surgeon and himself, using yet another rib to attempt to get a successful, strong thoracic fusion. The lover part of my fusion is fine, but the thoracic part never really "took".
Has anyone had a similar problem, at least the last years. I'm terrified of more surgery, but have a poor quality of life with this pain. I'm 69 now and not getting any younger. Any help would be a blessing. Thanks