Re: ? Unstability After Fusion???
Hi Concerns and others,
As you know I've had a number of spine surgeries. We did discuss that other vertebrae could become unstable later, but it was like a 50/50 chance, of course influenced by how active you are, etc. It was more a case of could I stand the grade 9 pain 24/7 for the rest of my life and of course I could not, especially when the legs quit functioning and I had what I called pain at a grade 20! Well, there was no ADR when I had to have my first fusion and I waited in hopes the ADR would later be used with fusions and it has been tested. However, I still don't qualify, so I suppose if I had become less active maybe all my degeneration, and everything (I don't have scoliossis) else, things may not have worsened. I'm extremely active and I continued to work hard, so things did worsen as far as the spine.
I tend to not worry about what "might" happen and live for now, but plan on the future. I'm just not prone to live in constant fear of the "what ifs". It's good to ask those questions and discuss them with your doctor. My discussion with him though, was that my being less active and changing my life to one I would not be happy with did not and would not guarantee that I wouldn't still degenerate with all the other problems. If you have no other major problems, then perhaps call or see your doc again before surgery and make sure you can accept the prognosis before going into surgery. Surgery, I feel should be what you and the doctor consider as the best answer to give you the best of life. If it isn't then what are the other options for you now, and in the immediate future? I have no doubt that surgery was the only possibility for me each time. Maybe 5 years down the road there will be something much better, but unfortunately, my spine gave up now, so I made my decisioin based on the best info and options available. That's really all any of us can do, but if you are in doubt that surgery is the best, I suggest you immediately contact the doctor or his assistant and get answers. You don't want to go into surgery uncertain and then have that worry continue as you recovery. If it is the best thing, you want to go in accepting that it is what is best and be able to dedicate your recovery to the positive that you are confident you are going to be doing better.
Best wishes on whatever you choose to do. Hope you will let us know how things are going.