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Spinal Fusion? On Monday!!!

JasperJJasper Posts: 7
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Spinal Stenosis
Hi I'm a newbie!!!
Have had surgery for spinal stenosis 6 years ago and it did help! But now I'm going back into hospital for more surgery on Monday!

Went for post op yesterday and had flexion X-rays as consultant thinks I may have to have spinal fusion rather than the planned 2nd laminectomy!

Just a quick post to ask what should I expect? How long does a fusion last after surgery? Will I need another? Am rather scared!!!!

I try to live an active life - I own a horse which my friend rides for me! Hate the feeling I'm going to b out of action!!!????


  • best of luck jasper, i hope everything goes well for you. let me know what time and what time zone are you in, and i'll send good vibes your way as you go under!!!

    i've had a multi-level fusion and the original sickening pain i had upon lying down that was the major reason for the fusion, has not come back since this surgery! i've had other surgeries though so i still have significant spine and pain problems, but it appears the fusion is holding. what kind of fusion are you having?. i had mine through the back with metal rods and screws. i was left with about a 6 inch scar and 29 staples. :SS eeek! after surgery i was in a lot of pain for about 3 months before i started getting out and about and feeling like a human being again. interestingly, because i had bone taken from my pelvis for the fusion, the pain at this site was rather sore too. for some reason the incision site was rather painful for at least 2 months. there was a lot of inflammation there though.

    anyway, people have different surgeries, and people heal differently. ... but you already know that :)

    please let us know how things work out.

  • I really can't help much with information on lumbar fusions. Although I have had 2 lumbar surgeries, neither were fusions. I've had two cervical fusions, but there is definitely no comparison, the cervical surgeries were so much easier for me. Keep us informed when you feel up to it after the surgery and we'll send good wishes your way!
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  • Thanks folks!
    At this precise min I don't know what my surgeon gona do!!!! Eeek

    I had pre op Thursday and was told as he's on his hols til Monday morning he won't see the X-rays etc sO won't decide til then!!!!

    Feel sick today - tummy for butterflies already! Going in tomorro around 4 - am in Liverpool, England!

  • An waiting to hear if there is a bed for me to go into later today! Butterflies are getting bigger as the day progresses!

    Will try & post later:)
  • given our different time zones, i think you should be under the knife right now. i hope all goes well. thinking of you here in canada
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  • Canadian here, wishing you all the best! Hoping by now you are resting comfortably in your room post op.

    Try to rest, stay ahead of me the pain with meds, and wishing you all the best when they get you up for your first walk. Hope that all of your pre op pain is gone, and all that you have is post op. Sending you good healing vibes.

    Looking forward to hearing how you are doing, when you feel up to it.

    >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • Well, I'm home!! Didn't have a fusion - specialist said the slippage wasn't too bad yet! Had another decompression! Surgery was fine and I should have cOme home next day but I was vomiting for tues and Wednesday. They thought it could have been sub dura leakage as I had violent migraine type headache but thankfully it went yesterday late afternoon and I was on overnight.

    Big thanks to the team at The Walton Centre in Liverpool - hoping I'm on the road to recovery!

    One bad thing though, if this isn't successful or doesn't last it's definitely a Spinal Fusion next for me:(
  • hopefully all will heal well and you will not need any more surgery.
  • well I think you are lucky you didn't have spinal fusion, I had one last year and got a staph infection when they took the staples out. My surgeon checked up on my back for 3 months and then went away for 6 months, I saw the dr. who was covering for him in Dec. but all he did was refer me to the pain clinic which took 4 months. Now the pain clinic tells me the whole area is infected and the fusion didn't take. They said "marked erosion of the adjacent vertical endplates" also so there is damage to the bones. I will have to have more surgery (hopefully removal of the hardware). I never had back pain until after this operation - all the pain was in my leg.
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