I already knew that!!!!!
Seriously though, I've just returned from seeing the consultant and although he said previously that my back pain may be coming from the SI joint, after xray today, he also thinks there may be a problem with one of the screws.
It seems one screw is at a different angle than it should be and it could also be loose, so he's going to take it out and replace it with a shorter, thicker one. I'm quite disappointed that I've got to go back under the knife again.
If this procedure doesn't sort out my pain once and for all, then it may be that the SI joint is involved afterall and he will look at that at a later stage.
The trouble is, I'm wondering how many times a surgeon can open the same scar. Does anyone know? This will be my 4th spine surgery and he did warn me that because the skin will be more compromised this time, the risk of bleeding/infection is higher this time round.
Although I obviously don't want to have more surgery, if what he is saying is true, then hopefully this will sort me out. I'm off work at the moment (again) with back pain, so I suppose I have nothing to lose by going ahead with it.
Has anyone else had surgery on the same spot 4 times and, if so, did it heal OK? How long did it take for you to return to work afterwards?
Any comments from you would be welcome, thank you.
2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!