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Old 02-02-2009, 05:36 PM   #1
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how long does 3 level spinal fusion take

how long does 3 level spinal fusion take

 
Old 02-02-2009, 08:30 PM   #2
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Re: how long does 3 level spinal fusion take

For the surgery? The actual procedure takes a few hours - but total procedure time depends on the type of fusion, instrumentation used and if the surgeon does the procedure solo or uses assistant surgeons.
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Old 02-03-2009, 05:37 AM   #3
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Re: how long does 3 level spinal fusion take

does anybody have this same problem

 
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Re: how long does 3 level spinal fusion take

Not sure what your seeing as a problem....the actual surgery proceedure can take anywhere from 3 to 8 hrs or depending on surgeon and/or team....the whole fusion recovery for fusing and getting back to a normal lifestyle can take as long as 18 months or so, and as quick as 6 months...all depending on your individual problem and surgery type.....some may even take longer or even quicker....its all unique!....fusing isn't a guarantee....there is the possibility of a failed fusion...I hope this answers your question.

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[QUOTE=Devon07;3872469]Not sure what your seeing as a problem....the actual surgery proceedure can take anywhere from 3 to 8 hrs or depending on surgeon and/or team....the whole fusion recovery for fusing and getting back to a normal lifestyle can take as long as 18 months or so, and as quick as 6 months...all depending on your individual problem and surgery type.....some may even take longer or even quicker....its all unique!....fusing isn't a guarantee....there is the possibility of a failed fusion...I hope this answers your question.

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thanks this answers my question. they are removing l3 l4 l5 disc i was wondering if it affect my sex life after my recovery.

 
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Re: how long does 3 level spinal fusion take

I had the surgery last March and am still recovering. When is your surgery scheduled? Even though it has been slow going, I would still have the surgery again. Let us know if you have any questions. Your sex life will be fine - you may have to be a little more creative in the first couple of months.

 
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[quote=delawaregirl;3873228]i had the surgery last march and am still recovering. When is your surgery scheduled? Even though it has been slow going, i would still have the surgery again. Let us know if you have any questions. Your sex life will be fine - you may have to be a little more creative in the first couple of months.[/quote]

my surgery is march 3 2009. How long did your surgery take.

 
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Re: how long does 3 level spinal fusion take

[QUOTE=jackpate;3871854]how long does 3 level spinal fusion take[/QUOTE]

Hello
First off all I'M sorry that you.re going threw the pain , and the nervousness of having such a big surgery.. You will be fine though , keep a positive spin on it and you will do just fine !!

I had a 2 level fusion on Feb.20th of 2008 {almost one year to the date now} My fusion involved my l4/l5 - l5/s1 , most common.. This was my 2nd back surgery , but my particular surgery took about 11 hours. I have 2 rods and 8 screws in my back now , I was in the hospital for 8 days..

Every surgery and every person is different , I'm young only 32 male - so you must take P.T very imp. when your doctor gives you the green light for therapy , usually around 3 months after your surgery.. I still have my bad days , and I new going into this that my back will never be 100 % - but the surgery was a complete success , gave me my life back..

I wish you luck and if you have any questions . feel free to ask me okay..


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[QUOTE=deviphish;3873481]Hello
First off all I'M sorry that you.re going threw the pain , and the nervousness of having such a big surgery.. You will be fine though , keep a positive spin on it and you will do just fine !!

I had a 2 level fusion on Feb.20th of 2008 {almost one year to the date now} My fusion involved my l4/l5 - l5/s1 , most common.. This was my 2nd back surgery , but my particular surgery took about 11 hours. I have 2 rods and 8 screws in my back now , I was in the hospital for 8 days..

Every surgery and every person is different , I'm young only 32 male - so you must take P.T very imp. when your doctor gives you the green light for therapy , usually around 3 months after your surgery.. I still have my bad days , and I new going into this that my back will never be 100 % - but the surgery was a complete success , gave me my life back..

I wish you luck and if you have any questions . feel free to ask me okay..


god bless billy[/QUOTE]

thanks for the into. do you think i will be able to go back to work doing my normal job. I am a LINEMAN I PULL HEAVY WIRE , CLIMB IN DITCHES CLIMB LADDERS , POLES RUN HEAVY EQUIPMENT WHICH IS A LOT BOUNCING AND HAVE TO LIFT OVER A100 LBS.

 
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Re: how long does 3 level spinal fusion take

happen to be very familiar with what a lineman has to do being my father in-law owns a Powerline Company....You will be able to resume only after fusion and a great outcome....you may have just a little bit less abilities, but over all you should be okay....if your results are less than 90% you will have problems doing as you once did....and progressivly worse as your % lowers....If you get to say the 80% range I dont see you doing the same job as its pretty demanding (as you know)...Good luck!

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AGain every body is different , I'm a union carpenter and my back can not deal with the every day push and grind.. I'm still a carpenter , it's my trade - the only difference is that now I'm only doing trim and furniture work..

weather or not you should be bouncing around liften and pulling stuff over a 100 lbs. - that's your doctors call man.. I'll tell you personally there's no way that my back after the two surgeries I had could manage that.. And beleave me , I have been swinging a hammer in the union now for 14 years - and half of those years I was in screaming pain <>

Now i work at my own pace , and i no my own limits.. hOPE any of this has helped brutta.

 
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[QUOTE=deviphish;3873779]AGain every body is different , I'm a union carpenter and my back can not deal with the every day push and grind.. I'm still a carpenter , it's my trade - the only difference is that now I'm only doing trim and furniture work..

weather or not you should be bouncing around liften and pulling stuff over a 100 lbs. - that's your doctors call man.. I'll tell you personally there's no way that my back after the two surgeries I had could manage that.. And beleave me , I have been swinging a hammer in the union now for 14 years - and half of those years I was in screaming pain <>

Now i work at my own pace , and i no my own limits.. hOPE any of this has helped brutta.[/QUOTE]

THANKS THIS DOES HELP. I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS TYPE OF WORK FOR 17 YEARS IT IS THE ONLY THING I KNOW. MY GOAL IS TO BE ABLE TO GO BACK FULL DUTY BUT I DO NOT WANT TO INJURY MY SELF AGAIN BECAUSE OF PUTTING STRESS ON THE OTHER DISC. I AM ONLY 37 YEARS OLD I JUST LOVE DOING TO JOB I WAS DOING I SO GLAD I CAME ACROSS THIS MESSAGE BOARD IT HAS HELP MY MIND SOME.

 
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JackPate - Hey man we're all here to help one another , whether it's advise your seeking or just to talk with some one who knows what you're going threw.. Man I have been on this website for well over a year now , and you gain the trust from complete strangers.. I'm only 32 and being a carpenter is all I no as well , It's hard when your doctor tells you that you have to find another trade : Like I said I'm still a carpenter but I no my limitations , when as before I would work 7/12's , or get as much O.T as possible.. There's more than just going out there and busting your hump every day , eventually it will catch up with you..

I had my first surgery in 2004 , It was a 3 level lamenectomy (they basically shaved down my bone) Did the whole P.T and was out of work for 6 months.. I then went back to work , feeling pretty good than "POP" one day I new some thing was'nt right.. Saw my doctor and he told me that I needed a 2 level fusion asap , and my 2 lower discs were pretty much mush..

It's been a year now , well almost any way and I do feel a lot better.. I have my good and bad days , and that's the way it will be for the rest of my life - I can deal with that though.. My surgery was a success , some people don't get so lucky and every case is different..Just stay positive , make sure you got some loved ones (wife - kids - family -and friends) because you will need help for the first month > I wish you luck my friend and I'm always on here at least once a day , if you need any advice just say the word man. later brutta billy

 
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