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Old 11-23-2008, 04:01 PM   #1
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Exclamation Another sugery L3-4 extensionw/ L4-S1 rivsion of fusion :(

Well I will try to make this short but sweet I have been schuduled for a for vasive surgery and it has only been 11 months since my 3 level fusion back in Dec. 07. My ortho keeped saying my body was rejecting my screws and I couldn't except that answers since I have been in the same pain since before surgery!! I had my L4,L5,S1 fused with hardware and also decompressions.(This was all miniumally invasive )
I finally went to get a 2nd opinion w a spine specialist and he found alot of things that weren't done and that my L4,L5 were bulging again among other things. So on Dec 9th I will be having L3-4 extension w/L4-S1 Revision of fusion done . I am very nervus and scared cause this is a diferrent surgery then before. I forgot to ask alot of questions so can any tell me how long the hospital stay and surgery could possibly be for. I seen him on this past Fri. so I couldn't call the office. I never was asked to give blood with the last one now I have to donate I unit. I do know I have one of the best NS in Wi. and he asures me I will be alot better after! Can someone give some advice on what to expect after the sugery and what they think as well thanks!
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Old 11-23-2008, 06:01 PM   #2
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Re: Another sugery L3-4 extensionw/ L4-S1 rivsion of fusion :(

First how can a fusion be miminally invasive. It is very invasive surgery. Laminectory or disectomy but a fusion is a very invasive surgery. Secondly if bulging discs and successful fusion just don't jive. The reason for the fusion is so that no motion occurs at that level....period.

To be on the safe side I would get another opinion. Something doesn't add up here. Either that or it is just the way you have explained it.
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Old 11-24-2008, 03:16 PM   #3
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Re: Another sugery L3-4 extensionw/ L4-S1 rivsion of fusion :(

The problem was the ortho when he did the surgery only caged one side which was the right side and missed a screw on the leftside so no bone growth grew. There wasn't any plates or clamps to make it stable. I have seen the mri's from then and now & my new surgeon has to redo the whole surery over and take out the whole disk and put cages do the surgery the way it should have been done! My 1st dr. the ortho calls it minuimally invasive cause they don't cut through the mucles in the back instead theres 4 small incisions and they do this robotically it is suppose to speed up recovery and usually you don't have to stay in the hospital over night. But this wasn't the case with me. I stayed in the hospital 2 days due to severe pain and not being able to walk without legs feeling so knumbness & sharp pains still. I never had to be fitted for a brace either they gave me a croset like brace that you would wear at work for lifting. The way my new Dr. put it was that the othro only did half the job leaving me with my L4_L5 to bulge again on the opposite side and the top screw on my rght side is poking through into the L3-4 and also the screw is laying on my nerves. I hope this explaines things a little better. Still am frightened to death that I have to have surgery, but I am not albe to do much or lift over 10lbs. either and this time things will be done right!! My surgery is on 12/8/08 and my 1st one was done on 12/19/07. So I have been misserable for a year now.
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Re: Another sugery L3-4 extensionw/ L4-S1 rivsion of fusion :(

My old fusion surgery was full open surgery. There were only screws used (no cages or plates). Bone grafts were taken from the pelvic area. I have a solid fusion L4-L5-S1.

This was many years ago and I know that surgical procedures have advanced but by the sounds of yours it sounds more like experimental rather than tried and tested. I spent 3 weeks in hospital because of complications but even without complications I would have been in hospital 7-10 days.

This sounds like a royal screw up to me. I pray you have much better results this time and it is truly unfortunate that you have gone through this past surgery for it would seem no benefit.
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:07 AM   #5
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Re: Another sugery L3-4 extensionw/ L4-S1 rivsion of fusion :(

Thanks so much for the reponse! I think they should stick to old fashion way of diong things cause from what we seen & experience why change something when it does't need to be fixed!! I'm so glad you are doing well i wil keep posting on the updated info after surgery. Thank you again! Chelle

 
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