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    Old 07-02-2019, 01:03 AM   #1
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    I have had a T7 fracture in my back(caused by a severe MVA almost 2 years ago) that has gotten worst over time and is causing loss of movement. From what I am understanding is that the fracture has split or burst with the vertebrae on the T7 crumbling. I also have a deformed bone bending inwards if left untreated will make me a hunchback, causing me extreme pain between them both in the Thoratic Spine area. Should I be a candidate for surgery I have been advised that anterior surgery going to the spine through my stomach is the most reasonable action to repair those areas of the spine. It is a bit concerning to me as the ribs need to be broken and lungs removed to get in there. The internet is very limited for information on this .Can any one tell me of their experiences with this sort of surgery and their recovery. Or offer any more information on this sort of procedure. I have been told that this surgery is major and there are 4 surgeons to assist with this.
    The main reason for my deterioration of movement I think is due to this. The left side from where the pain starts is from under the arm and then travels to the hip. As the pain gets more severe it sits on the thigh and then travels down to the left foot. On the occasion I am feeling pain in my left arm.

     
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    Old 07-02-2019, 11:26 AM   #2
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    Welcome to the board. I have had four lumbar spine surgeries and am fused from L3 to S1, but do not have personal experience with what you are experiencing.

    Generally speaking, compression fractures heal on their own. The fact that yours has worsened over a two-year time period does not bode well for the future. It sounds like things will continue to get worse as the bone deteriorates, until it has a deleterious effect on the spinal cord itself. The pain in your arms and legs is a sign that there is nerve compression...which will likely worsen as time goes by.

    Surgery may be your best option, even though it would be long and involved. This type of injury can also be done from the posterior side...but your surgeon must have reasons why he/she feels an anterior approach would be the best approach. If you were in the US I would urge you to get several opinions before reaching a decision....but I am not familiar with your healthcare procedures in Australia, so, perhaps that is not possible.

    Without knowing all the details, it is easy to say a posterior approach would be easier....However, perhaps it is not possible to accomplish what the surgeon wants to do by going in that way. As a patient, I would want to know the answer to this question!

     
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    Old 07-02-2019, 02:38 PM   #3
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    Thank you for responding. The reason why it is thought that I should have this type of surgery was because the Nuerosurgeon seem to think if he came through the back to put a plate in and some screws it would not be a long term fix for the problem and they would not be able to get to the bone that has been bending in my spine to try and straighten it. He seemed to think that there were a few serious issues that needed to be looked at as well as that. At the time of my MVA I had broken almost every bone in my body and there was thought if surgeons would have operated on my back at the time I may have ended up in a wheelchair and unable to walk. So it was hoped that the fracture would heal.

     
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    Old 09-21-2019, 07:12 AM   #4
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    Hi teteri66,
    After many attempts seeing various spinal specialists it has been found that I have a damaged disc under the T7 Vertibrea which is causing severe pain along with Kyphosis. My movement is deteriorating at a fast rate and pain is becoming more severe.
    The surgeon I am seeing now does not think it is necessary to do the anterior approach through my stomach. I am told that the best way to correct this is to break a rib to access the areas required for this, roll me over on to my front and have a procedure called Transthoratic T7 corpectomy and poster fixation T5 to T9.This procedure will minimise the risk of me becoming a paraplegic greatly. However, it is a 10 hour operation and I will be in intensive care for 3 days following this and if all goes well out of hospital in 7 days.
    If there is anybody who has had this procedure please let me know how you have gone with it. I am scheduled for surgery in December.

     
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    Old 09-22-2019, 06:54 PM   #5
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    Yikes. That sounds extreme! Is there any way you can get another opinion from a different surgeon!

     
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    Old 09-27-2019, 02:10 AM   #6
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    I feel that this is the best approach to fix my problem if I can last that long. I really want to feel close to normal again.I have forgotten what it feels like. I am a 57 year old in an 80 year old body. What ever the treatment with the back there is a severe risk either way of ending up in a wheelchair. Even though there is a 1% risk with this procedure. I am assured that I will get my quality of life back and if I don't try I will always regret it.
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    Old 09-27-2019, 07:59 PM   #7
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    Good luck! When is the surgery?

     
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    Old 09-28-2019, 10:55 PM   #8
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    Surgery is scheduled for Monday 9th December. If all goes well, I will be out of hospital about 10 days before Christmas. How is your health going? Have you managed to get treatment to a satisfactory level?

     
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    Old 09-29-2019, 05:44 PM   #9
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    Yes. Iíve had four lumbar surgeries and am fused from L3-S1. My last surgery was in fall of 2017. I am doing well.

    I hope you will be too after your surgery. Just remember to be patient with recovery!

     
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    Old 10-02-2019, 07:36 PM   #10
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    Sounds like you have been through a lot as well. I take it that recovery takes a while for these big back operations.How long do I need to be patient for.

     
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    Old 10-04-2019, 07:42 PM   #11
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    It took me a good 15 months post big surgery...and to tell you the truth, it has been several years after that that I feel pretty good. But I had to work slowly so as not to aggravate my sciatic nerve. Your experience will be different!

     
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    Old 04-18-2020, 09:09 PM   #12
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    Hi again,
    After major surgery I have survived and walking again. Operation was performed on 24/02/20.
    I think it is healing well and agree that it is very slow with recovery.I am getting stronger every day and as long as I do not overdo it, I am ok. I am off the big pain killers but sometimes feel that I still need them to take away the pain and assist my body with recovery.
    The hospital had 2 surgical teams there as the operation was over 10 hours. I went in the operating theatre at 6.30am and surgery was completed at 8.00pm that evening where I went directly to intensive care.
    When they opened me up the had to cut my ribs to get access into the T7 Disc that was damaged. They removed the crumbling vertibrea and put that in a mesh cage with the bone from the rib they cut to graft bone to support the spine. Metal rod and screws have been placed there to support my spine.
    After doing this part of the operation the surgeon had to concentrate on straightening my spine. The spine was shaped like a treble clef which was not displayed in the scans. So the task of straightening this was going to take a bit more time than what they imagined. From T4 to T9 was worked on and fused to provide the spine with correction.
    The pain I experienced before the operation looks like it has gone with post operative pain instead and slowly decreasing.
    I am very pleased with result and have a lot of gratitude to the hospital staff for the great work they did and my Surgeon for not giving up on me and helping me.I was out of hospital in 7 days and before Covid 19 stopped elective surgeries.

     
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    Old 05-02-2020, 04:26 PM   #13
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    [QUOTE=Rose575;5502824]Hi again,
    After major surgery I have survived and walking again. Operation was performed on 24/02/20.
    I think it is healing well and agree that it is very slow with recovery.I am getting stronger every day and as long as I do not overdo it, I am ok. I am off the big pain killers but sometimes feel that I still need them to take away the pain and assist my body with recovery.
    The hospital had 2 surgical teams there as the operation was over 10 hours. I went in the operating theatre at 6.30am and surgery was completed at 8.00pm that evening where I went directly to intensive care.
    When they opened me up the had to cut my ribs to get access into the T7 Disc that was damaged. They removed the crumbling vertibrea and put that in a mesh cage with the bone from the rib they cut to graft bone to support the spine. Metal rod and screws have been placed there to support my spine.
    After doing this part of the operation the surgeon had to concentrate on straightening my spine. The spine was shaped like a treble clef which was not displayed in the scans. So the task of straightening this was going to take a bit more time than what they imagined. From T4 to T9 was worked on and fused to provide the spine with correction.
    The pain I experienced before the operation looks like it has gone with post operative pain instead and slowly decreasing.
    I am very pleased with result and have a lot of gratitude to the hospital staff for the great work they did and my Surgeon for not giving up on me and helping me.I was out of hospital in 7 days and before Covid 19 stopped elective surgeries.[/QUOTE]

    Wow thanks for all of this information. I am cutter sitting here in excruciating pain. My t7/8, 8/9, 9/10 plus l4/5 s1...& c2/3 5/6 are jakked from a 20í fall 16 yrs ago...a car accident at 19 (flat on my back on pavement and pinned under a car) and a recent accident that injured my c2/3 as well.

    I reached around to get something out of my backseat last night and BOOM the elephant was on my chest pain up my INTO MY ears...thru ribs etc...I canít even explain how BAD the pain is. This happens SO frequently-just pulling up my covers and moving 1/2Ē boom the pain. My head is buzzing and numb too 🤷🏻‍♀️.

    Iíve seen many surg- the last Neuro surgeon said that your type of surgery was THE only way to reach my t. The thoracic is what is compressing my spinal cord he did one surgery like yours and said heíd never do it again...I left crying (3/4 years ago...I donít cry easily!) I was basically told Iím stuck like this.

    The useless pain mgt ppl are terrified of a prescription bc of misuse. I have one of my two scripts but I need the stronger one to handle times like this. Iím being shuffled between drs.

    I pay $2,000 a month for my Ins! I feel so left to just croak bc they really donít care (when I am...Kaiser...).

    Iím SUPER glad you got some relief!!! Yay!!!

    All other drs promises to me if possible relief never happened-Iíve had so many epidurals and a rfa on my SI joints. Itís a joke here. I am so glad to hear of someone that has this and it went well. Hereís to your getting better and better!

    -T

     
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    Old 05-18-2020, 04:47 AM   #14
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    In my experience I have spoken to many spinal surgeons and gps. Each spinal specialist has their own area of expertise. Recovering from a major car accident and injury is not easy. Sometimes it seems that the medical profession can be quick to judge. I guess they need to be objective .

    They forget about the power of determination and the will of a person to succeed and although some doctors think they can take the nerve pain away from the spine some specialists do not always believe this works.
    I have found with my personal experience that we need to keep trying to find a solution.

    Medical technology has made giant steps in rebuilding our bodies and repairing them. Each person on this Healthboard has their own strengths and struggles and by offering our support to each other, it helps us to move forward and not give up hope by establishing a connection so we can help one another.

    Keep trying to help yourself get better. It is worth it.

     
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