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Spinal fusion operation

May 02, 2019 1:22 AM

Wondering if anyone has had this operation?
Would like to know outcomes for patients who have spondylolisthesis?
I have spondylolisthesis at T4-T5& L5/S1.
Have been referred to spinal unit at RBH.

May 03, 2019 9:43 AM

Tails I have multiple issues with various levels in my spine (most listed in my profile). I've had 4 different cervical fusion surgeries, from C3-T1 and need more at C2-3 & C7-T3. My last 2 surgeries haven't healed (pseudoarthrosis) due to multiple possible complications; autoimmune issues, long term steroid use, osteopenia, several years of chronic stress taking care of others among my own health decline, and donor bone use to name a few. I'm older now and have so many health issues it's harder for me to get through any surgery now days. But my first 2 surgeries to first my spine, they used my own hip bone and I healed perfectly, unlike the last 2 where they used donor bone tissue. Most people in here have had good fusion results. I'm sending you hugs love and prayers that you have good results too! 🙂❤🙏🌼

Jul 13, 2019 7:20 AM

Hi everyone update on my condition.
Have an appointment with the spinal unit at RBH on 6/8/19 RE: spinal fusion surgery @ T4/T5 also L5/S1.
I do have a question, just in the last few weeks or so I have developed a pain in my knee and foot, right side. I believe that it is radiating down from my back.
HAS anyone else experienced this??

Jul 13, 2019 7:42 AM

Hello, Tails.
For various reasons, I am fused from C2-T3, and L2-S1. Prior to C2-T3, I had radiating pain, pins and needles down left arm, as well as unbelievable headaches; the pins and needles gone now, the headaches are a bit more persistent.
Prior to L2-S1, I had the same symptoms down the left leg. EMG also indicated nerve damage. This symptom has not been mitigated yet, so more surgeries are planned. In toto, I have had 11 spinal surgeries for the reasons listed above, and while I still experience pesky issues, the overarching result for me has been positive (anything was better than before). I do wish I had done it sooner as the healing process seems to need more time these days.
Best of luck!

Jul 13, 2019 9:10 AM

Yes I have radiating pain down my legs from back. I also have pain and pains and needles down my arms from my neck.

Jul 15, 2019 12:12 PM

I get reading pain from my low back to my left leg, sometimes all the way to my toes

Jul 18, 2019 10:20 PM

I have what are called Tarlov Cysts on the spine, in the S region. This causes all sorts of nerve pain down the legs, bladder and or bowel discomfort, and leg weakness. The cysts usually start at the bottom of the L region. Most doctors ignore them and push spinal fusions which make the cysts worse. Read your own reports before having any surgery on your spine. If your discomfort is also in your 'tailbone area' then ya might have them. There are very few doctor's who treat them. If you ever had an epidural for child birth you increase your chance of having them, or if you have ever fallen and hurt the spine in that region.

Jul 18, 2019 10:55 PM

I have terrible “bone pain” in the tail bone region. Have spinal stenosis as well in lumbar region. Recently I have been having severe nerve pain to right leg. Sciatica. Originated in low back and buttocks runs down the back as well as the front of my right leg to the knee. Horrible pain. Don’t know if I have these or not. Would they be in a CT report? Thanks for the info. Take care ZetarLov🌺🦋

Jul 18, 2019 11:04 PM

Tails, I’ve had a spinal fusion to my C3-4,4-5,5-6,6-7. Also all my Lumbar area as well. It’s been over 34 years. My cervical area until now has held up good. I’m having issues now withC2-3.
My Lumbar region not so good. It’s not so much the fusion but my DDD that’s causing problems along with my AS. So over all the fusions have held up. My degenerative disc disease has continued anyway. Hope is always the best. Good luck With your referral. 🌺🙏🦋

Jul 23, 2019 4:06 PM

Pain, yes they could show up but the tech has to note them. It is 50/50 if they are noted. Best images come from MRIs. But the images have to go all the way down. On an MRI it is a white blob sometimes so small you miss it, but they can get you down.

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