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Old 03-09-2007, 03:20 PM   #1
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Why Not Fuse Them All?

Hey Gang... I know this is another doctor question but does anyone know why if I have 2 herniated discs (at S1 thru L4) & one well on it's way at L4-L3, that the surgeon wouldn't just go ahead & fuse them all now instead having future surgeries... just wonderin...

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Re: Why Not Fuse Them All?

I don't think they like to do fusion unless absolutely necessary. When they fuse it puts more pressure on the non fused parts. Therefore easier to damage the other discs. Mine was suppose to be one level but when he got in there it turned out to be two levels. The more they fuse the more flexibility you lose. I'm not positive on all this. Just my opinion. When is your surgery?

 
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Old 03-09-2007, 06:28 PM   #3
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Re: Why Not Fuse Them All?

I too believe that they do not want to fuse unless absolutely necessary which is why my surgeon wanted to do the lessor of the two initially. He did the laminectomy which did not resolve my problems and led to further spine instability resulting in my 2nd fusion. I think this is harder on the patient though if the lessor surgery does not work.

 
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Re: Why Not Fuse Them All?

Do not take fusion too lightly. Once years ago a very good doctor said to me they would just have to keep going and fuse my entire spine. Fusions do have some very serious consequences and should never be taken lightly like some sure fix cure that is over and done with once the surgery is done. The load transfers right on up the back and hastens the degeneration of the adjacent discs. Multiple level fusions should be reserved for an extremely small percentage of patients.
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