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Hi Lisa:

I am glad you are on your way. Your surgery is very similar to what I had done. They added on from original fusion of L1-L3 with hardware down to S1. I had a connector implanted between the two sets of hardware. I also had 3 cages placed in the front to reallign the original fractured vertebra. But all in all I am an advocate of fusion. Although I had no choice but to have mine done due to the upper fusion placing so much pressure below that it was crushing the lower lumbar.

The wait is not too bad. They told me in mid Nov last yr my surgery was scheduled for Feb 11th. The holidays can affect schedules. I spent most of the time organizing my home and preparing meals to freeze. There is a helpful list on the board if you do a search regarding tips to make life easier. I hope all goes well for you and you do great...keep us posted. Jo H.

1979: Fell from scaffold onto gymnasium floor. Decompression Laminectomy L1-L3 w/Spinal Fusion and Harrington Rods Insertion.
1992: Harrington rod breakage and dislodging. Removal and refitted with smaller hardware and re fused.
2001: Pain Again. MRI inconclusive due to hardware
2001: Diskogram shows bulging and DDD at L4-S1 due to domino effect
2002 Feb: 10 hr. surgery. 360 fusion and hardware extended with "connector" to S1. 3 Titanium cages placed anteriorally. Fused from L1-S1.
2002 Sept: Pain worse than before surgery.
2002 Oct: EMG shows damage to L5 and S1
2002 Oct: CT Myelogram ordered.

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