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coflex inter- vertebrae implant
Ten dyas ago I had one of these devices implanted ( first one for this surgeon but not many other docs putting them in so not much to choose from). I wanted to avoid a fusion like the plague so this is a step down the "invasive" ladder and I did it along with the removal of a pretty large facet joint synovial cyst at the L4-level and facet joint deterioration at most levels. I read and was told that when you remove a lot of structural material to get at the cyst which attaches to the dura many times (in my case as well), then not going back in with some kind of stabilizing hardware invites future instabilty problems and more nerve compression down the pike. I had a C5 decompression as recently as January and that was a picnic to come back from compared to this lower back stuff. As the surgical site pain diminishes and the incision heals, I'm now able to notice focused pain at the Coflex insert device site. Never had metal left in me post surgery so I'm wondering how much pain is expected pain, how many days/weeks must pass before this titanium insert stops feeling like a small blade knife has been implanted during surgery. Hasn't exactly lived up to its minimally invasive billing yet but I'm guessing a full on fusion would be still more "blocky" and rigid and painful than this single level implant that rests between the spinous processes. I'd welcome anyone else's surgery and post surgery experiences (timetables, recovery stages, pain departure stages if ever, etc.) who may have had a similar non- fused device installed in their lower back...