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Has anyone here have....

Has anyone on here have a 5 level fusion?? or anything close to it? What was the recovery like? What should I expect? I'm having a 5 level thoracic fusion in December.. very nervous.


  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510

    Thoracic fusion is somewhat uncommon, so I am afraid that you won't get much response. But hopefully someone will jump in, I do know that we have members who have thoracic problems.


    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

  • Thank you Bruce for your response. and yeah I'm afraid of that as well. I'm just very nervous and don't know what to do at this point, was just hoping for someone who has a common issue like mine.
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  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510
    Don't rule out someone responding with experience. I just wanted to set an expectation, and let you know that the rest of us are listening to you and care about your outcome.


    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

  • Thank you so much! I definitely needed to hear that :)
  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 2,561

    Is it for scoliosis ? That is a large surgury in thoracic area. If its scoliosis I have seen some amazing surgical outcomes on surguries with more levels. Are you doing the invasive approach where rib removed and lung deflated?

    I am a thoracic person and I have to ask you the same as I ask everyone.

    1. Have you tried ESI ?
    2. Did you have discogram ?
    3. How many fusions has the surgeon done specifically in thoracic area
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
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  • Hello :) nope its not from scoliosis. I've done competitive cheer my whole life and I have a herniated disc, and 3 degenerative discs from T7-T11.. I've done PT and a chiropractor before and nothing seemed to help. I've asked the surgeon how many fusions he has done and he says anywhere from 300-400 a year, but I didn't ask specifically about thoracic fusions. I have a follow up with him again next week and I think ill definitely ask him that next time!
  • rae1112rae1112 Michigan Posts: 147
    Hi jennifferrrr. 
    I haven't had my surgery yet, and mine is to correct a scoliosis curve, but I'm having T4 to sacrum fused in march.  I'm terrified! 
    Did you have your surgery yet?
  • Hi Jenniferrrr
    checking in on you, did you have your surgery?    I also suffer from a thoracic herniation and bone spurs with severe thoracic pain.  I am interested to hear how your sugery went and how you are feeling.  Wishing you a quick recovery.
  • Hi, my name is Daryl. I am 5 weeks post on on nmy first TLIF (Transforaminol Lumber Interbody Fusion) at the L3/4, L5/S1 levels. I am 3 weeks post on from my second TLIF because the surgeon had to readjust the Pedicle screen at the S1 level. Since then,  I have had near constant pain in the tips of my toes, sometimes so bad it brings me near tears. I am told it's the nerves regenerating, and that this could take awhile. I currently take Hydrocodone, Gabapentin, Valium, and sometimes Oxycodone if the pain is too intense. The question I have is if there is something stronger, more effective for pain, or Can I do something  (anything) to help these nerves regenerate faster? I would highly appreciate any suggestions. I can be reached here on this discussion forum, or at dwmoyer2526@gmail.com 

    Thank you so much.
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