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Limitations of fusion?

Hi all, it's me again :). I am still getting mentally prepared for T10-L3 fusion on April 14th (Good Friday... has to be a sign). I am so terrified that the fusion won't provide relief (facet joint disease and failed laminectomy syndrome). Is there anything that a fusion Can't help with? Meaning will the fusion take care of most all of the current movement/ inflammation issues?  Please give me some encouragement. I hurt so bad. I am a teacher and I am literally almost in tears at the end of the day. My students come up and tell me to feel better like they are my parents... it is Awful to feel so helpless...
1) Schwannoma removal (1) @ L2-L3 (2001)
2) Schwannoma removal (3) @ T11-L3 (2008)
3) Failed laminectomy syndrome T11-L2, facet joint disease, ongoing schwannoma formation.  Fusion scheduled from T10-L3 (April 12th, 2017).  Chronic pain that never goes away


  • Hello.  I did have a 2 fusions, one failed and one to new to say if it is successful.  T10-L3 seems like a pretty big surgery.

    I would advise to have a look at the list that is post for what's needed for after surgery.   I had a l4-S1 reconstruction due to an auto accident x 2 this year. My surgery went ok, just have killer pain from a cut muscle.  My biggest recommendation is to discuss pain management prior to surgery. This is critical to keep you comfortable after surgery.  I hope you get relief soon and get better.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    As MayGirl mentioned, above, re information for what is needed post op, I believe she is talking about****Post op Must Haves*****
    And another good read is ***Recovery the Most Important Phase******
    You can find with search, upper right in page.

    Also, the main site has all the formal medical articles and videos for you to research on that may give you much information on what to expect
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

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