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Old 01-18-2004, 12:06 PM   #1
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Fusion T12-L1 = not stiff?

Hi!

I just have to ask for your opinion/experience on this:

I was just told by a doctor (back specialist) that the stiffness from a fusion of T12-L1 would have NO drawbacks in practical life - I can't believe this!
I seems to me that you'd be stiff and restricted in movement??

It's an unusual level to fuse but I hope someone here has experience..
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/Kris L.

 
Old 01-19-2004, 05:05 AM   #2
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Re: Fusion T12-L1 = not stiff?

[QUOTE=KrisL]Hi!

I just have to ask for your opinion/experience on this:

I was just told by a doctor (back specialist) that the stiffness from a fusion of T12-L1 would have NO drawbacks in practical life - I can't believe this!
I seems to me that you'd be stiff and restricted in movement??

It's an unusual level to fuse but I hope someone here has experience..
Regards,
/Kris L.[/QUOTE]
HI,
I think that there will be restrictions. My husband is fused from T11-L2 with carbon fiber cages four rods and four plates and numerous screws.His ortho said not to bend at all, even to shave, get one of those expandable mirrors to put on the wall. No bending or twisting at all. Last visit Jan 8 he said even no physical therapy, only walking, as he can stand it.
Deb

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Old 01-20-2004, 12:00 AM   #3
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Re: Fusion T12-L1 = not stiff?

Hi and thanks for your answer!

I guess your husband had emergency trauma surgery? It sound like a pretty tough restrictions, will it always be like that or is he expected to be more mobile in the future?
I believe your right about some restrictions. There must be since T12-L1 is the intersection between thoracal- & lumbar back. Another doctor has told me that several months ago and now I don't know who to trust.

/Kris L.


[QUOTE=Alagal]HI,
I think that there will be restrictions. My husband is fused from T11-L2 with carbon fiber cages four rods and four plates and numerous screws.His ortho said not to bend at all, even to shave, get one of those expandable mirrors to put on the wall. No bending or twisting at all. Last visit Jan 8 he said even no physical therapy, only walking, as he can stand it.
Deb[/QUOTE]

 
Old 01-20-2004, 04:35 AM   #4
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Re: Fusion T12-L1 = not stiff?

[QUOTE=KrisL]Hi and thanks for your answer!

I guess your husband had emergency trauma surgery? It sound like a pretty tough restrictions, will it always be like that or is he expected to be more mobile in the future?
I believe your right about some restrictions. There must be since T12-L1 is the intersection between thoracal- & lumbar back. Another doctor has told me that several months ago and now I don't know who to trust.

/Kris L.[/QUOTE]
Hi, Yes my husband had emergency surgery but there was no trauma involved. He was just riding down the road and passed out, luckily my son was driving, if not then it could have been a lot worse. After hours in emergency room they finally got MRI which showed T12 had burst fracture and L1 was completely shattered with pieces on the spinal cord which caused paralysis. After the first surgery the ortho said it may take 6 months to 2 years IF he ever got any function at all. I am happy to say he was on his feet at 3 months, without rehabilitation. As our insurance maxed out after the first week in the hospital. And the case worker said we could not go to rehab because we had insurance and if we had not had any insurance then we could have gone as charity. Does not help the middle class working person at all.
The ortho said that my husband may never be free from pain and would always have to be very careful as to the twisting and bending. He already has disability approved, even at age 49 and no denials. He will never be able to do what he did before this happened. It really has affected his mental health as you see he was a workaholic and now he can't do very much. I try as best as I can to keep him happy , but sometimes it is just not enough.
Deb

 
Old 01-20-2004, 05:13 AM   #5
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Re: Fusion T12-L1 = not stiff?

Hi Deb

I believe I've talked to you before here, I regonize this. What a terrible thing to happen!
And as I recall, they could not find any specific reason for the fractures happening either?
My problems at T12-L1 is not even close to the severity of your husband, just a small compression of the bone, it's the disc making trouble. I guess your husbands restrictions could be due to the sort of fractures he sustained and how serious they were (and maybe underlaying cause?), maybe they're not common for just fusion of T12-L1.

I hope he will get better, as an workoholic myself I can't even imagine having such restrictions.. Wish you the best!

/Kris L.

 
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