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dfloresddflores Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:31 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
:H I am dflores,
I have had 2 spinal fusions. My first in 89 and 2nd in 93. Now 16 yrs. later I need a 3rd. I'm scared to death. They want to fuse T12 to S1. I had 4-5 and L3 fused. This would mean hardware removal and then this new big surgery. The Ortho Surgeon said it is bad and I need to schedule surgery now. Does anyone out their have an extensive fusion like this? I'm tired of being in pain ~X( (any advise?)



  • I can't comment on the number of levels, but on the revision. As you know from the 2 surgeries they have scar tissue to clean up. I just had hardware taken out and replaced in a revision. It's a long surgery-so be prepared for a hard recovery. I can keep you updated as I go along. I just hate that you'll lose mobility! Best of luck!!!!
  • :H alcb,
    You have had alot done too and aren't as good as new like me.
    Well, I had a good cry about mulling over my next surg. last night. I just wish I could look down the road and see what I will feel like after the surg. (and healed). I really understand you feeling like 98, I feel the same. I say all the time ....if I'm this bad now, what is it going to be like in 10 yrs? Anyway, thanks for the input.

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  • It's a unique and frustrating road. You're never guaranteed total relief, you just hope for improvement, which doesn't seem good enough for all the pain of surgery you endure. It also affects your finances, job, relationships, mental stability and cognition. It isn't cancer, and I tell myself that it can be worlds different. I'm a nurse and USED to work with oncology patients. They were so strong and positive. I try and remind myself of that, and keep positive in my situation. :)
  • You are facing a BIG surgery. Have you gotten several opinions from fellowship-trained spinal specialists? I would imagine there are several ways to handle your problems. You will want to explore all your options so you know you are getting the very best of what is currently available.

    Please post often with your comments and questions. Hopefully someone who has gone through a similar fusion will chime in with his/her experiences.
  • :H hello gwennie17,
    I know what a big surgery it is .....that is why I am so scared. I have a well known surgeon that has done alot of these. I worry about being strong enough to go through this though. I am a very slow healer and whenever I have had any surgerys, there is complications. Don't know why. I have more questions for my surgeon like....are you going to remove old hardware and put in all new? How many pints of blood do I have to donate? My first and 2nd surgery were 5hrs. so.......so will this one be 8? How long will I be in the hosp.? It took me a yr. to recover from my 2nd surgery and that was just 3,4 and 5 being fused. The surgeon wants me to schedule it NOW. What do I face if I don't do the surgery for awhile? He told me it was BAD. What do I do?

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