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Re: upcoming BAK fusion at L4-5 and L5-S1

Re: upcoming BAK fusion at L4-5 and L5-S1

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Posted by Sara on September 29, 2000 at 16:36:02:

In Reply to: upcoming BAK fusion at L4-5 and L5-S1 posted by Jill D on September 28, 2000 at 18:21:48:

Hi Jill!

I had a posterior L2-3 fusion in February with a BAK cage and an autogenous bone graft. I was in the hospital for 4 days, up and walking the day after surgery, on pain meds for less than 4 weeks total, and had a very good surgery experience. I began driving and returned to school at 4 weeks post-op, and returned to work at 8 weeks post-op. It was truely a piece of cake! The pain was WAY less than I ever imagined!

Not comes the poopy part! When they did my bone graft they couldn't get all of the bone they needed because my pelvis was too narrow and thin. So they used grafting putty in addition to the bone they did manage to get. Well. My bone chips sunk down a bit too far into the putty and weren't exactly starting to fuse at all. So my cage was just sort of sitting there and at about 7 weeks post-op my pain came back with a vengence. It turns out that my cage had slipped out of place a little and was rocking back forth every time I moved.

So on May 15th I had to have a redo fusion. They went in through different incisions, repositioned the cage, added two unilateral screws, and did another bone graft from my other hip. This time I was in the hospital for 7 days and a bit more pain the day of surgery when I woke up. BUT! When I woke up the next morning I felt like a new person. I had virtually no pain, thanks to the spoffy little morhpine pump, I wasn't groggy and out of it like I had been after my first surgery, and I really didn't feel like I'd just had two spine fusions in the last three months. After surgery #2 I was up and walking the hospital halls constantly. I was off of all pain meds at two weeks post-op. Returned to school and driving at 4 weeks post-op and just now returned to work at 4 1/2 months post-op.

In all honesty I am worse now than I was before my two surgeries. BUT! You have to remember that the point of spine surgeries is NOT to alleviate your pain. The point of spine surgeries is to fix a structural problem such as disc problems, nerve problems, stenosis, etc. Granted most of the time fixing the problem DOES give you some pain relief, but it is not a guaranteed's more like an added bonus. Even though my pain is now worse than before, I would go through both of my surgeries again in a heartbeat if I was told I was told it wouls help, even the slightest bit. I'm the kind of person who doesn't like to say "what if?". Spine surgery is a lot like gambling. You just have to go for it. If you have any questions or just want to talk, my e-mail address is [email protected]

If you have tried all other possibilities, which I'm sure you have, then I'd say just go for it. Both of my surgeries were so easy. Yours will be too. If the first one was so bad, would I really have had the second one and even WISH there was a third one they can do? No way. But it was all a piece of cake and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!

Good luck to you, Jill! Take care of yourself and always keep smiling.


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