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Soft Fusion

I am going in for my second back surgery in a little over 2 years. The first surgery was a lumbar fusion of the L4-L5-S1. The second surgery which will be on 1/6/16 is going to be a soft fusion of the next joint up. My doc is also going to remove the hardware from the previous surgery. He says the stress from the first fusion caused movement in the next vertebrae and has now totally pinched off the nerve, obviously causing much pain in lower back and also the legs. Anyone have a similar experience?


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,347
    A Soft Fusion
    I really haven't been able to get anything or any information on this.

    Would you be able to explain more in detail as to what a soft fusion is?
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Sheri76Sheri76 Michigan Posts: 573
    I'll have to check this out myself, though hopefully I will never need one.


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  • gfishggfish Pittsburgh PAPosts: 197
    Copy and paste this. www.resurgensspine.com/education/resources/surgical-procedures-back/53 Its called a flexible fusion.
    Greg fisher
  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 901
    Like you I had a PLIF fusion of L4-L5-S1 in May of 2013 but then 18 months later my L3-L4 disc had become badly herniated. Instead of fusing the L3-L4 joint my surgeon did a discectomy and partial laminectomy... but did NOT fuse the L3-L4 joint. So far it seems ok... After reading what Greg posted I'm not sure I understand how the soft fusion works? If the joint is still flexible... how does the bone manage to fuse???
    Harry - 63 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
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