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Anyone had Spinal stimulator removed? Replaced?

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@sue406

I am wondering how you are doing now. I have a fusion scheduled for January at Mayo T10 – S1. I had a fusion in the 70’s L3-S1. I started having problems with the level above that last spring. It got so bad that I couldn’t walk, stand or lie on my back. The vertebrae above my fusion fractured in 2 places, slipped forward taking the disc with it and leaving very little room for the nerve. The local surgeon said he could stabilize my back but not to expect too much pain wise. So I went to Mayo in August and saw a surgeon who uses new hardware which is supposed to be less invasive to place. He wants to cut apart my old fusion to put the curve back in the lumbar spine (back in the 70’s it was standard to straighten the spine before fusing it) and then add the levels up to T10 because on MRI they were all failing. They plan to do a staged procedure over 2 days. I am 69 now and am worried about how my body will handle this major a procedure, Everything the surgeon said made sense to me and he really spent a lot of time. I wasn’t expecting to need this much done so I’m a little nervous about it.

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Greetings from Connect, @sue406. Did you think we forgot you? Well now I have found you and am both excited about your upcoming surgery in January and also a bit apprehensive. My first lumbar fusion was in the 70’s so I have been down that path.

The new options and technology that is available today is very encouraging. And your team at Mayo will be comprehensive and attentive.

Let’s talk about pain. I would like to get some other folks to find you and chime in. Perhaps someone has recently had the same surgery.

For managing pain, there is a pain center at Mayo. You might want to ask for a pre-surgery interview so that you will know how that part of the Mayo team will be able to assess your potential pain and discuss some options. Let me know what questions you might have now?

May you be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
Chris

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