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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.
Opinions are from two neurosurgeons in Boulder, CO and the third from a doctor at Johns Hopkins. It is not from an accident and there really is no explanation for it. Very intimidated by the prospect of a surgery and recovery. No guarantees either that I will get out of pain. Only two options… have the surgery or learn to live with it.
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@kdj I saw your other comment that you are looking at C1 through C6 fusion. That is a big surgery and you will loose a lot of normal ability to move. No surgeon really can give you a guarantee to lessen your pain with surgery. I had a C5/C6 fusion and my surgeon couldn't promise that to me either, but surgery did reduce my pain a lot which was caused by spinal cord compression. What did help me was to work with a physical therapist who loosened up my overly tight neck and chest muscles and got me into better spine alignment. This helped me before and after surgery and I had a great recovery. You may want some more opinions and get an explanation of why you need this extensive surgery. Ask if you have other options that could retain some ability to move. What can happen over time is when spinal discs collapse, the spine can start to fuse itself which may not be as good as if a surgeon does a fusion and it may not be in a good alignment. Ask about that too, and what your future would be if you don't have surgery. I know it's a tough choice and we are all different in what our issues are and what kind of procedure can help. Sometimes surgery makes a patient worse. There are many things to consider when making a decision like this. There are surgeons who are eager to do surgery and I avoided those. The surgery needs to be in your best interest only. It's a big business for surgeons who own their own surgical centers for profit. You have to make sure, your doctor puts your needs first, and not theirs.
@jenniferhunter When my spine surgeon suggested my lumbar fusion at a surgical center, I said I would be more comfortable where there was more back-up staff at the Major nearby Hospital. My insurance would pay for either.. The doctor seemed to agree .. and that is what we did.. and it worked out great ..no problems..
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Thanks so much!
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