Spinal Fusion: Upcoming surgery, what was your experience, any tips?

Posted by user_chf56161a @user_chf56161a, Sep 18, 2018

I need a fusion at L-4 L-5 my Dr is at Mayo. Wonderful man! Has anyone had this done and please share experience.

@bernese53

Me too. Do you know when you will have your surgery?

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November 14th I can’t wait.

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@bernese53

I also am seeing a doctor at Mayo in Rochester and will need a spinsl fusion as well. who is your doctor?

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Dr Marsh and Dr Yasemski

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@sherry44

Not yet I will find out next week

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November 14th

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@bernese53

I also am seeing a doctor at Mayo in Rochester and will need a spinsl fusion as well. who is your doctor?

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Dr Marsh is the nuero and Dr. Yasemski is the ortho.

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@bernese53

I also am seeing a doctor at Mayo in Rochester and will need a spinsl fusion as well. who is your doctor?

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Dr Marsh and Dr Yasemski

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@bernese53

Me too. Do you know when you will have your surgery?

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November 14th

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@peggyn

Has anyone had this done and would you do it again?My back doesn't hurt as much as the burning all over. I have sever spondolthesis and I believe this is my only option. My feet are not numb, but burning . I just don't know which way to turn as I've been told I need a hip replacement also. That would be minor compared to the back. Which one first ????

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@peggyn I don't have lumbar spine issues, but I did have spinal cord compression in my neck and some retrolisthesis and my concern was preventing spinal cord damage as I had compression because of bone spurs and no space left around my spinal cord. Have you been evaluated at a multidisciplinary medical center? I think you should discuss with all of your specialists what their recommendations are and what would be done first. That is a tough choice to make. I would also encourage you to get several opinions, and if you can get an opinion at Mayo, I would recommend it. I had my spine surgery there in Rochester, and had great results. The lower end of the spine bears most of your body weight and movements like twisting and bending put pressure on the spine and on any instrumentation that a surgeon places there, so you want the very best surgeon you can find. The way a surgeon places the screws that holds all of that together is critical and must be at the correct angles and placed into good quality bone. There have been cases of screws pulling out and patients requiring further corrective surgery. I've watched online videos of surgeons giving presentations about this at conferences.

Damage to the spinal cord can be permanent and cause paralysis, so that is why you should have this discussion with a specialist, and ask what your prognosis may be if spine surgery is done now or later. There are a lot of considerations about the rest of your health that can also affect the outcome of surgery. That is a choice only you can make, and should be an informed decision based on your specialist's recommendations. Here is a case with another patient from my neurosurgeon at Mayo about a lumbar spine issue with severe slipping of vertebrae. I hope this helps. I know you are in a difficult position right now, and just know that if I was there with you, I would hold your hand. I'm glad you reached out here for support, and I hope that you have a good support base in your life. You will need help recovering from this surgery and patience as it can be a long recovery.
https://sharing.mayoclinic.org/2017/07/26/spinal-surgery-saves-teen-swimmers-mobility/

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@peggyn

Has anyone had this done and would you do it again?My back doesn't hurt as much as the burning all over. I have sever spondolthesis and I believe this is my only option. My feet are not numb, but burning . I just don't know which way to turn as I've been told I need a hip replacement also. That would be minor compared to the back. Which one first ????

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I've had L4, L5, S1 fusion nearly 25 years ago in Oklahoma City By an excellent Spinal surgeon…the 2 plates and 6 screws are still with me and causing no problems.. they took bone material from my hip to pack around the fusion to make it solid..they cleaned up all sorts of other possible problems..so I am 82..and get around very well…much better than most of my peers. That Surgeon helped me with 2 other problems in non surgical manner..(cervical and cubital tunnel syndrome). The original surgery was done to remedy an accident in which the L5 was pushed partially out of the stack… Get a very good Surgeon… check the team out.. good luck

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Has anyone had this done and would you do it again?My back doesn't hurt as much as the burning all over. I have sever spondolthesis and I believe this is my only option. My feet are not numb, but burning . I just don't know which way to turn as I've been told I need a hip replacement also. That would be minor compared to the back. Which one first ????

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@robert8842

woul like to hear from people regarding recovering after surgery

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Good afternoon @robert8842. Welcome to Connect. We are a group of folks; patients, providers, and caretakers. We do not diagnose or prescribe. What we do is listen carefully and share graciously. Even if we do not have a background of experience that addresses your concern, we know that on Connect there will be someone who has walked your path.

And now…..you are going to have to begin by sharing more about your surgery. What medical condition prompted the choice of surgery? Have you already had the surgery or is it an upcoming encounter? There are so many different types of surgical solutions, we need to hear the options for post-surgery that have been presented to you.

Have you had a chance to talk to your medical clinicians about the expectations during recovery and ways to manage them positively?

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

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woul like to hear from people regarding recovering after surgery

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@robert8842

woul like to hear from people regarding recovering after surgery

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@robert8842 Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect, a place to give and get support. You are looking to connect with people that have experience with spinal fusion surgery and recovery.

You will see that I have moved your question into a discussion in the Spine Health group where members are discussing spinal fusion. Members like @lisa7777 @lilypaws @fighter @red3 @jenniferhunter @kimi @artscaping @grandmar @annmerc @hillyard @brendakaye @pines @ddister1 have experience with this topic and may be a good resource for you. I also encourage you to scroll back through the comments to find previously shared suggestions.

Below I have also linked previous discussions related to Spinal Fusion surgery that you may find helpful.

– Disk replacement & spinal fusion (L4-L5): Post-op concerns https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/7-days-post-op-disk-replacement-and-fusion-l-4-l-5/
– Spinal fusion again: Recovery and expected return to activities? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/fusion-again/
– Harrington rods and complications https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/harrington-rods-and-complications/
– Spinal cord stimulation: Will Nevro help when Medtronic didn't? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/nevro/
– Spondylolisthesis and DDD https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/spondylolisthesis-and-ddd/

May I ask when your upcoming surgery is scheduled for?

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