Re: 4 Back Surgeries and Still Waiting for Full Fusion
Has anyone else had problems with fusing?
Yes, my last fusion was a redo. I have had 8 seperate operations in all:
Frist, was L5-S1 where the fusion took good, but the hardware was causing problems. But this was when the hardware was stainless steel, weighted 7 lbs and was bulky
Second was L4-L5 and was pretty non eventful
Third was L3-L4 which at first felt great, but then a year later, I started to have a lot of pain in the fusion area. An MRI confirmed that the fusion did not take and the hardware was loose. This was probably caused because the doctor had incredible problems working on this area and the surgery lasted 9 hours. The doctor was trying to preserve flexibility for me.
Fourth was a re do of L3-L4 but we told the doctor to fuse me solid first and not worry about flexibility. So far, so good, but chronic back pain is still a challenge.
They had me wear a bone stimulator device which is very expensive but supposedly is very effective at helping the bone fusion grow. I also was order to be much more sedate. So far so good.