Before having back surgery consider do your homework
Just wanted to share my experience with you. Donít let my mishap deter you from doing what you need to do. If surgery is necessary please do some research into every aspect of it. Donít blindly trust your doctor.
I had XLIF in 2007 from L1 through L5 followed a week later with screws & rods from L5 through T10. I have had a real bad time since then with pain, numbness and muscles that don't work and have shrunk away and other issues. Have been on morphine, muscle relaxants & other meds daily for over 5 years.
Iíve had MRIís since the surgeries and the reports basically state that they see the hardware and everything looks fine.
I think it strange that a doctor will order an MRI or X-ray then ask for only the report of the radiologist. Whoever reads the images can easily overlook something. The doctor is simply relying on someone elseís interpretation and that person may not actually be a doctor!
I finally had another doctor order a CT-Scan and this time I looked at the images myself. There are 4 screws that are into the spinal cord and four others that are through the endplates of vertebra they are in and are poking into the vertebra above. Needless to say Iím ďscrewedĒ. This new spine doctor canít believe what it shows or that a spine surgeon could mess things up this bad. He is talking about removing many of the screws in hope it may help but after all this Iím a little reluctant to have anyone cut on me.
Last edited by Administrator; 03-18-2012 at 09:11 AM.