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    Old 06-16-2005, 10:51 PM   #61
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    Re: What is Laminectomy ?

    I'm not even talking about the next day. These x-rays were taken right on the OR table. The films are smaller than regular x-ray films---maybe about 8.5X11. I carry mine around with me so I can show people what I have in me. People can't believe that I can't feel all that hardware. Heck, when I woke up I couldn't believe he had even cut me!

     
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    Old 06-17-2005, 05:06 AM   #62
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    Fly,
    Are you talking about Foti doin the surgery ? I dont know if they did it to me or not ? I do know all I have is 4 screws. Thats what my x-ray shows. But looking at my x-rays right after my surgery, and then looking at the new ones . It looks like the L5 is resting on my tailbone. It dropped ? Im thinking thats where my pain is comming from, I dont know, My wife thinks I am just gonna live with it. I told her, There is no way I want to live in this pain, There has to be somthing done ! Im not so sure about my neurosurgeon, He's just a general surgeon, Not a specialist. I read up on him. I cant wait to talk with Foti . Oh yeah, How are you feeling today ? Hope better.

     
    Old 06-17-2005, 05:28 AM   #63
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    If you only have 4 screws I think you only had one level fused. Or maybe your NS put a couple of screws in his pocket in which case your back isn't stable. Maybe you'll get it sorted out on 7/15. Be sure to take a list of questions or he'll just disappear on you. I'm still having trouble getting up and down and rolling over. I wish this surgery could have been done from the back. I would like to find pictures of a laproscopic hysterectomy. I told my sister I think he filled me up with rocks---I gained 10 lbs.!

     
    Old 06-17-2005, 07:05 AM   #64
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    wow 10 pounds. Maybe its from the swelling, Fluids or somthing . I have 4 screws pretty far apart. I dont know what he fused, It say's I have a fusion of the L4-L5-S1
    I hope it gets sorted out, Tired of this.

     
    Old 06-17-2005, 10:10 AM   #65
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    The 'pretty far apart' could be key. There's a big bend in that area anyway. He wouldn't get to open me up again. And one of the four is broken! You're way unstable! I'm glad you have an appointment with a spine specialist. I hope he can control his mouth when he sees what was done to you.
    Hey, I went out with the car this morning. I read somewhere that as long as I could control the brake without pain.... I sat in for six weeks after spine surgery---this was not spine surgery!

     
    Old 06-17-2005, 03:29 PM   #66
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    Your gonna drive ? Must be feelin good..lol. I never heard anyone tell me that before. My PM or other Dr,s never said I was unstable ..Now your scaring me. Think that could be it ? not enough screws ? Yeah I couldnt drive for 6 weeks also, I hit my daughters car 2 times after my operation. She cried, I felt so bad, After it got out of the shop I hit it again, twice in one month,

     
    Old 06-18-2005, 03:27 AM   #67
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    I could press on the brake without pain, so I took off. I won't go far until after 2 weeks. And I was able to roll over on my stomach last night. That felt good. If your NS knew anything about 'bones' he would have used 6 screws. I'm fused from L3-S1 and I have 8 screws. If you end up having surgery in Berwick it might be a good idea to stay with your daughter until your 2-week checkup or just tell him you have no one to be with you 24/7 and he'll send you to rehab. Going all the way home would be a nightmare. Go ahead with the myelogram and get a copy of the CT but put the injections off....

     
    Old 06-18-2005, 04:22 PM   #68
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    sorry I just got home from Red Lobster. My daughters and wife took me out for dinner.Thats our thing we do once a year. Do you really think he should have used more screws ? Here is my result of x-ray. " Again the pedical screws are noted at the L4-L5 levels with short segment Harrington rods. Note is now made of a fracture in the right pedical screw at the L5 level. The laminectomy defect is again noted. The disc narrowing at L4-5 and L5-S1 remains stable with slight spondylolisthesis of L4 on L5.
    Thats what my latest X-Ray said. But I only have 4 screws. I could stay at my daughters for a while, But I need my wife to take care of me. She cant stay their for 2 weeks. I can handle the pain. Im used to it. I came home from pittsburg, a 2 hour drive 3 days after my surgery, It really hurt. I almost screamed the whole way home. Felt like my spine was tearing out. 8 screws ? whew, thats alot.

     
    Old 06-19-2005, 03:28 AM   #69
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    The report doesn't say anything about fusion from L5-S1. The x-ray only shows a 1-level fusion. Who told you that you were fused from L5-S1? Do you have your OR notes? When was this last x-ray? You said you can see a difference in your spine between the first and last x-ray. You should also compare the two myelogram reports---I have pictures of where the dye went. If you're only fused from L4-L5 you're having a tremendous amount of pressure on L5-S1. Have you had a bending/flexing x-ray? As far as post-op is concerned tell the doctor/insurance that you have no one to be with you during the day and you can't manage alone. If you get thrown out of rehab a couple of days before your 2-week followup you'll be able to get around at your daughter's house for a couple of days alone. I was in the hospital for six days and then I was at rehab for two and a half weeks. Then I went home to an empty house. You really don't want to make that trip 3 times in 2 weeks on a new fusion.

     
    Old 06-19-2005, 05:57 AM   #70
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    I dont have my first myelogram report or anything. Ok it says on my other paper here I had an L5-S1 fusion. I dont even know Foti will want to do surgery on me or not? I have to go eat breakfast, Talk to you later

     
    Old 06-19-2005, 06:15 AM   #71
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    Somebody is ##rewing with your head. Do you have your OR notes? Take all your images and let Foti figure it out. He's a spine specialist, he'll know what he is looking at. And the man relishes revisions.

     
    Old 06-19-2005, 06:48 AM   #72
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    I hope he isnt screwing with me. Do you still think he should have used more screws and rods ? I was at Wal-mart yesterday for about a half hour and I was so sore last night. Things are getting worse, I still havent got an appointment for my myelogram, The doctor's office was goin to set it up for me. I think my wife believes Im going to have to live with it. I dont think I will. I think they will find out whats wrong and fix it.

     
    Old 06-19-2005, 09:15 AM   #73
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    For a two level fusion he should have used 6 screws. You have the other appointment coming up---I wouldn't waste any more energy on the NS. If he told you he fused 2 levels he lied! If he does set up the myelogram do it and take the results to Foti. If you have to go into his office to get the results, oh well. Then stall him until you get established in Berwick. My neighbors' son lives in your town and has an appointment with Foti next month.

     
    Old 06-19-2005, 09:48 AM   #74
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    Here is my 1st MRI after the fusion, FULL RESULT: In comparison to conventional radiographs dated 10/06/04. The patient is status post posterior decompression and posterior spinal fusion with pedical screw fixation from L4 to L5. Is that one level ? It also says I have a minimal spondylolisthesis at L4-L5 and a Broad based bulge of the L5-S1 with the L4 slipped forward onto the L5. The neurosurgeon doesnt seem he wants to do anything for me anyway. So I dont think I will have to worry about that. But I am going to wait for the epidural injections.

     
    Old 06-19-2005, 11:18 AM   #75
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    How did you get a reliable MRI with hardware in, without artifacts? Decompression IS laminectomy. Yes, L4-L5 is one level. The myelogram should tell the story. The spondylolisthesis shouldn't get any worse with the fusion in place but the broken screw adds a whole new element and more pressure on L5-S1.

     
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