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Does anyone here have 4 lumbar vertebrae fused?

happyHBmomhhappyHBmom Posts: 2,070
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:47 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Was it done in the same surgery? That's crazy talk, right? Nobody would do such a thing to a person, right?

Even if they had a fracture at L2 and a retrolisthesis at L4.

And a 2mm retrolisthesis while prone is just a little tiny thing anyway.

Right? My PM doctor was scaring me today. I haven't discussed my new results with my neuro yet, but my PM doctor was mumbling something about fusing 4-5 levels. Can they even do that? What does that feel like?


  • HB,

    I wouldn't freak yet, wait till you talk with your surgeon as to what *he* feels is needed. We've seen on here a lot where a PM will say "you need this and that and this" only to find out they were out of their element!

    I would gather they can do all 4 or 5 (hopefully you won't need all that) in one surgery. If it's 360, they might do the front today, and a day or so later finish up posteriorly. Try not to worry too much yet. Wait until the real expert (your surgeon) advises you, okay? :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • But how could you even bend if you had all of those lumbar levels fused?


    OK, I won't freak.

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  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,786
    was originally two level anterior only .... then redone to three level with cage and posterior rods ... and now with new findings of significant stenosis at C3 ... I maybe going for four levels.

    In my experience, with only my three level "360", I currently have only about 5 degrees of motion in any direction - Up - Down - Left - Right.

    Emotion is all over the place (a little humor - very little).


  • HB,

    Glad to hear you won't freak. :) As to bending, I think her member name is JanD? She went through surgery (huge) due to scoliosis in which she was locked 'straight' from just below her neck, all the way down her lumbar. She has actually learned to "work" with her new back to accomplish day to day tasks..to include flexing enough to shave!

    But again HB, try not to put the cart before the horse as they say due to your PM's comments. :) I can't see my armpits to shave, so I shave and feel to see if it's done! See, there are ways to do even that sort of thing. You're a strong woman, you will be fine. *HUG*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,732
    And clip my toe nails. I do have to "contort" a bit. And I have 5 fused vertebrae. All lumbar. I didn't have them all at once. But there have been people on this board who have had that and more.
    But listen to Brenda, don't freak! You would have to hear it straight from the horses mouth!
    Good luck, Jim
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    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
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  • I have 3 cervical levels fused with screws and bone cages and also have 2 fusions with bonecages and screws and an artifical disk in my lumbar region..

  • Brenda they do make mirrors for the shower hun.
  • I knew someone would catch that! Thanks to Lyrica, Brenda does NOT need even a little mirror in *her* shower! (G)

    HB - See, others work around their various amounts of fusions. Life can "still be good" as they say. 8>

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Um, the legs are not always getting shaved as things are now, so having to work around the fusion in the shower is not my major concern. LOL.

    But I do hope to get on a horse again some day. With that many levels fused it seems... unlikely :(
  • Positive attitude, positive attitude, positive attitude.... there ya go, you got it!! :) We can't change the past, but looks like your future is not etched in stone yet HB. *HUG*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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