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Old 12-11-2012, 04:38 PM   #1
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I'm only 19 and I have to get spinal fusion from L-3 to S-1

I need some advice for what I'm going to expect from this surgery. Like how long will I be off work for and how big will my incision be?

 
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:42 AM   #2
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Re: I'm only 19 and I have to get spinal fusion from L-3 to S-1

[QUOTE=sharpet89;5102748]I need some advice for what I'm going to expect from this surgery. Like how long will I be off work for and how big will my incision be?[/QUOTE]

I have not had this procedure, I myself just had a microdiscectomy which is a minimally invasive procedure, but I have a lot of family members with back issues, including my cousin who had major surgery at 15. He had titanium rods fused top to bottom and it set him back for quite a while, but I don't know much about the fusion procedure/what to expect.

My advice would just be to make sure you have seen a few doctors and gotten second/third opinions before embarking on any major procedure, no matter how much you trust one. It's REALLY important to have all the facts and make the right decision.

I suppose your doctor could better answer your questions, but I wanted to offer my support. I had my surgery 4 weeks ago and this forum has been a really helpful place for me to get information and support, especially post-surgery when I didn't understand what was happening to my body and why I was having certain symptoms.

I wish you the best, good luck!

 
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:14 AM   #3
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Re: I'm only 19 and I have to get spinal fusion from L-3 to S-1

[QUOTE=AK21;5103686]I have not had this procedure, I myself just had a microdiscectomy which is a minimally invasive procedure, but I have a lot of family members with back issues, including my cousin who had major surgery at 15. He had titanium rods fused top to bottom and it set him back for quite a while, but I don't know much about the fusion procedure/what to expect.
Myadvice would just be to make sure you have seen a few doctors and gotten second/third opinions before embarking on any major procedure, no matter how much you trust one. It's REALLY important to have all the facts and make the right decision.
I suppose your doctor could better answer your questions, but I wanted to offer my support. I had my surgery 4 weeks ago and this forum has been a really helpful place for me to get information and support, especially post-surgery when I didn't understand what was happening to my body and why I was having certain symptoms.
I wish you the best, good luck![/QUOTE]

Dear sharpet, I agree with AK. Unless the tests that you have had state over & over that you have nerve pathology or injury warranting surgery at every single level, and numerous drs of the spine only, i.e.neurosurgeons & orthopedics who do nothing but spine surgeries have evaluated and given you the same surgical advice, & you have exhausted every other nonsurgical treatment modality such as PT, TENS, medical mgmt with medications, epidural injs, rf ablations, basically every treatment an interventional pain specialist could try and has & this is absolutely the last resort I personally would question if the pain after surgery would be less than it is currently. I had two level lumbar lam @ age 26, and have had 4 total, I have been a back patient ever since so i certainly sympathize with your situation. It could certainly be warranted & successful but i would view this surgery
as life changing. Good or bad, in my opinion something that must be entered into wisely with both eyes
open.

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