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Help! 360 Deg. Fusion & Degenerative Cyst In Hip Joint

Help! 360 Deg. Fusion & Degenerative Cyst In Hip Joint

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Posted by Debbie on October 09, 2000 at 05:41:37:

I've had three failed back surgeries since August 1998. A Facetectomy at L4-5 right with a far lateral discectomy. My disc had ruptured and fragments went into the nerve. A pedicle screw fusion was done in January 2000, necessary because most of my facet joint had been removed in surgery #1 (creating an unstable back) what was left of that joint fractured off shortly after surgery according to surgeon #2. Hardware removal In January 2001 with the addition of cadaver bone chips (they found I hadn't fused and discovered very large holes from the screws due to movement).
Three surgeons have told me I need a fourth surgery. I saw that surgeon last week. He wants to operate (fuse)front and back and use a bone growth stimulator.
Because I not only have severe back pain, but severe groin & thigh pain as well, he decided to do a pelvic x-ray. He felt I could have arthritis in the right hip. The hips didn't show any signs of arthritis, but the side view showed a cyst he's calling a "degenerative cyst" in the right hip joint. I'm scheduled for an MRI this Thursday 10/12. He wants to know where or how the cyst is incorporated. Have any of you had this? Do you have any idea of what a "degenerative cyst" means?
After my first surgery, my back pain increased, but I also have trouble picking my right leg up when getting into the car (my leg doesn't seem to want to work sometimmes) and I also have problems with losing my balance. Do any of you have the same problem?
Can you tell me anything about this new surgery? To be honest, I'm scared and more than a little worried I'd appreciate any help or information.

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