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6 week appt. after fusion

fusscaboobffusscaboob Posts: 10
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:35 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
my first post op. appt. with my surgeon is coming up on september 9.
i want to ask him alot of questions regarding exactly how damaged my t 11 and 12 vertebrae were.
because i got into an accident i didn't have any previous back problems.
i want to make a list of questions but i'm having a hard time thinking about what kind of questions to ask.
anyone have any ideas?
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  • there is a lot of really helpful information on this website. i would suggest you read through some of it, particularly the sections dealing with the thoracic spine. it may help to formalize what you want to ask the doctor. i would get a note pad and jot down questions as you think of them and take it with you to your appointment. you might start here:

    https://www.spine-health.com/conditions/upper-back-pain/all-about-upper-back-pain

    https://www.spine-health.com/treatment/spinal-fusion/multilevel-spinal-fusion-surgery-risks-and-recovery
  • They can show you how messed up things were. They probably took xrays, etc. before surgery. I just had my nine-month check up and my surgeon and I went over my pictures before surgery and how things are now. The bottom of my spine kind of looked like a pile of broken dishes before surgery. It's looking pretty good now. Straighter, stronger, leveler. Pictures are often worth a thousand words as they say. And pictures of a well-healing spine are worth billions!

    Linda

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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