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advice on second spine surgery and some info

So I finally got my revision for a failed multi level spine fusion approved. I had surgery last year in June and it's been nothing but difficulties. My doctor is going back in and I'm scheduled for 2 weeks or so. I just wanted to know from anyone who has had more than 1 surgery if it's more painful the second time around? Or any advice for this surgery?? Thanks everyone!
28 F. Chicago. Fusion from t-12 l-4 from scoli in June 2013. Torn bilateral hip labrums. Arthroscopy to fix labrums January 2013 and march 2013. SI pain from hip surgery Lupus, RA, antiphosphidlipid antibody- hypermobility syndrome ( Marfan syndrome)
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  • Which levels?
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  • SarahLindeauSarahLindeau Posts: 766
    edited 07/18/2014 - 4:15 AM
    Wow, I'm hoping you can find some relief this time. Hugs
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
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  • 1028761102876 Posts: 248
    edited 07/19/2014 - 8:21 PM
    Personally post surgery was much more rough but I was also told that it may be because of the level I was having it extended onto and also because they used a rib graft. So I was placed on heavier duty meds this time around to try and get my pain down. Other than that it has been the same as my prior fusion. I think what helped me out most my second time around was knowing what was going to happen and being able to bring comfort items. I have found it helpful to go to the floor at the hospital where you will be recovering in order to meet some nurses or at least that helped me. I personally think it was easier because I did know what to expect because when I had my first surgery you are pretty much in the air on a lot of things. If you have any other questions you can ask!
  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 1,025
    Hi Danigirl,
    I would say it all depends on a variety of reasons if the second surgery is more painful. I am just post-op of a major multi-level fusion that is almost seven years after the first. The surgery was very long, I was not in a lot of pain for the first two weeks.
    But shortly after I did have some major discomfort probably for the following two to three weeks. I am roughly 14 weeks out now and seem to be doing better all the time.
    So being my first fusion was a 360 of three levels, and this past was a posterior only of eight levels you can understand why this last one was more painful. In all honesty I have had a few other less invasive surgeries that have been more painful recoveries.
    Ranger
  • Thanks for everyone's comments!! I'm going to have to t 12 to l4 redone. I may or may not have something broken or loose back there because I sound like I need WD40 back there every time I move. Basically when I goes back in is when he will determine what's going on. Thanks everyone!
    28 F. Chicago. Fusion from t-12 l-4 from scoli in June 2013. Torn bilateral hip labrums. Arthroscopy to fix labrums January 2013 and march 2013. SI pain from hip surgery Lupus, RA, antiphosphidlipid antibody- hypermobility syndrome ( Marfan syndrome)
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  • You are a trooper! That is a heck of an operation. Good luck!! Stay positive
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
  • SarahLindeauSarahLindeau Posts: 766
    edited 07/26/2014 - 7:20 PM
    And I cringed at your WD40 comment ! Eeek!
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
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