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Posted by Sara on October 27, 2000 at 14:28:31:

In Reply to: IDET????HELP posted by Erin on October 26, 2000 at 23:07:35:


Hello there. I'm going to give you my honest opinion on the IDET, even though I know many people disagree with me. I am 20 years old and had an IDET done when I was 19. The procedure itself is relatively long as you are given some Versed to relax you. But if you were to think about it, and I mean REALLY think about it, the IDET doesn't make much sense at all. After my IDET, I ended up having two spinal fusions within 3 months of each of other and the third is coming up in December. So needless to say, the IDET didn't do a thing for me. Now here's my problem with the whole procedure. The recovery for an IDET is often times worse than it is for a fusion. 98% of the people I know who have had an IDET done were layed up longer than me and with more restrictions than me after a fusion. After an IDET people genereally have to wear a brace for 2-4 months. They are generally off work for for 3-6 months. They aren't able to drive for 4 weeks. They having lifting restrictions for 3 months. And you can't tell the effects of the procedure until it's been 3 months after they did it. Now with both of my fusions I wore a brace for only 6 weeks. I couldn't drive for 4 weeks per doctor's orders, not because of pain. I was back at school after 4 weeks. I was back at work after 2 months and I take care of MR/DD people, which is not the least bit easier on the body. My recovery was a piece of cake compared to those who have IDET's. And with a fusion, you know if you are going to fuse before 3 months. You start to get calcium build-ups and the start of fusions at only 4 weeks post-op. I just don't understand why people would have an IDET, risk it not working since it is still considered expiramental, then have to have a diskectomy or a fusion. ????????? Granted you have less pain after an IDET than you do a fusion, but still. Both of my fusion recoveries were a piece of cake and I'd do them both over in a heartbeat if I was told it would help at all. I guess I'm just not a huge fan of the procedure, but good luck to you and always keep smiling. :o)


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