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Disappointing Visit

forneyfraufforneyfrau Posts: 16
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
So, I went to my one year check up after having a TLIF in June of 2009. I have been feeling fairly good since then. It was a long road of recovery, 4 months in a TSLO brace and significant recovery pain.

I have since lost 34 lbs. and have begun to work out consistently.

Yet, when I went in to see him last week, he delivered the news that my fusion had not maintained its correction because the bottom set of screws had loosened and the curve correction had reversed. He quizzed me as to the level of my pain, but I told him that I was feeling pretty good. He seemed to think that I will have trouble in the future with the area.

I was also asked if I had pain when seated, especially with the hardware. It does feel strange sometimes, some what mechanical. I can't say that it is intensely painful, but a little achy.

Can any of you give me an insight into what the future might hold. Will he possibly have to go back in a redo a portion of the TLIF? Gosh, I don't want this. I want to recover and maintain the weight loss. I don't like feeling helpless like I did after surgery.

Have any of you had such a procedure?

BTW, my work was done on the T11, T12, and L1 sight (at least I think that's correct).


  • Hmm...not sure. What did he recommend for options if things do get worse?

    I would say that just because things "look wrong", most surgeons combine the image results with the patients story and account of how they feel.

    My doctor told me many people have herniated discs for years but just don't have pain so that he uses the MRI plus the patient's feedback to determine the best course of action.

    I wish I had more but am not familiar with your situation.

    In the meantime, I'm glad you are feeling generally well.
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