spinal fusion complications
Jeff Mills

Hagen, Germany

#674 Apr 28, 2013
is it possible to have the rods removed after spinal fusion? If so does this help?

Broadview, Australia

#675 Apr 29, 2013
Tara Ionescu

Richmond Hill, GA

#676 Apr 30, 2013
I actually have read that the rods and screws can be removed. I am looking into having mine removed as well. Two of my screws have come out, and they are causing quite a bit of problems. I am guessing one is possibly pressing on my leg nerves. At times my left leg goes numb to the point of not being able to walk. I have fallen because of this, twice now in the bathroom while getting up from the toilet, and once in the kitchen while cooking. Yesterday morning (Monday morning)i woke up to pee. It was around 7 ish, I went to stand up off the toilet and my left leg would not move!! It was totally numb! which has happened before, I ended up falling head/face first into the side of the bath tub and hitting the tub faucet. The right side of the top of my forehead hurts so bad, and it felt like at first that I'd knocked a tooth out, but i didnt, all teeth are accounted for. When my face and head hit the side of the bathtub, the front of my face hit too where my glasses are, causing my glasses to fly. It feels like my nose is broken:( I'm in so much pain:(. I've been expressing this concern and issue with my pain management Dr for months, with No results. This has happened another time in the bathroom without injury, and it happened one time while I was cooking, my left leg went numb, but somehow I managed to fall AWAY from the cooking food on the stove, thank God!! I was told to have the surgery back in 2011 and if I did not, bc of how severely deformed my spine was, I'd become wheelchair bound within a year, 2012! However, I'm 100% worse since surgery with my pain and immobility being 100% worse since surgery, a Lower Lumbar Fusion with Rods and Screws. My PM doctor sd We NEED a new MRI, as my last one was in September 2011! Well duh!! I've been asking for one since June of 2012!! She told me she would put in for the MRI, this was at my appt on April 17th. Still No appt call for the MRI, and my repeated calls about it have gone unanswered. Before I end up wheelchair bound due to the nerve damage caused by the screws, I'm thinking of doing an ER visit with hopes THEY will do an MRI.:((All of up until this point was written lastnight...I just did not get a chance to post it, So Im adding it with my recent post right now) So I went to the ER today...not for my back or because of my back....but because my hubby and my best friend and her hubby (my hubby and my bffs hubby work together , active duty Army) became very concerned as my head was hurting worse from the fall, I was vomitting today, dizzy all day, and while carrying on conversations I would pass out. I came outside for a cigarette at one time and my husband said he came outside to check on me because I was out here way too long...this was early this morning after he returned home from PT, and before going back into work, that when he came out to check on me I was bent over passed out. So he called my best friends husband to bring her over when he picked him back up to go back to work so his wife can use my car to take me to the ER. They did a CT scan and I have a lot of internal swelling. And they said I have a mild to severe concussion. They called my PCP from the ER and she wants me in her office ASAP in the morning tomorrow ( Wednesday), and SHE is going to order the MRI for my back. But she is also concerned over my head due to the fall. My head hurts soooooo bad...all of this because of my back, from the surgery. I just want to be normal again. I want no pain. I want to be able to play tennis again, and go on hikes...my husband is a professional mountain climber from Romania before moving here with me and later joining the US Army. Id love to go climbing with him. But I cant.:( Im miserable.:) M

Beverly, MA

#677 May 3, 2013
I had two fusions in the 70's. Now 35 years later, I need another one. I'm nervous but refuse to live in this amount of pain and on this amount of drugs on a daily basis. Too much more life to be lived to give up now. Has anyone had success? I'm willing to give it my all to recover.This will be my 19th ortho surgery and I need three-four more, but I'm not giving up! How did you everyone make it through? Surgery is in a week so don't hesitate to write back!
Thanks all!

United States

#678 May 9, 2013
Hi! I had an L5-S1 fusion almost 8 months ago and almost from the minute I went home I was having a lot of pain in my leftbhip and buttock area. At first I thought it was just from laying in one position all the time but as months went by I realized it wasn't. I saw my surgeon and explained what was going on and he said I would need a steroid injection because I had pressure on my SI joint. Since then I have noticed that my entire body hurts from my hips down. Now my legs constantly ache. I can hardly stand it and nothing seems to help anymore. Does anyone have any suggestions or have they gone thru the same thing?

Three Rivers, MI

#679 May 22, 2013
I am 32 had a fusion before I was bad ridden 5 months later iam back to work full duty ridding four wheeler still have a little back pain now and then but so far much better off had it done in south bend inmy doctor is awsome did a great job

Visakhapatnam, India

#682 May 27, 2013
hello my name is Janaki and I had spinal fusion on my L3-l5 last sep'11 . The pressure in my back is unbelievable, and my legs and feet twitch 24/7, it feels that there is electricity in my legs..Help does anyone else have these symptoms?
K Nixon

Bloomington, IN

#683 May 29, 2013
I am 2yrs post op spinal fusion and scolios repair never recovered or without pain then had bad fall in jan. and am much worse have never heard of anyone without pain after surgery but did hear a doc who does a new type of surgery he said spinal fusion is barberic and no one should have this surgery so look for a doc who does not do fusion wish I had

Villa Nueva, Guatemala

#684 May 29, 2013
janaki wrote:
hello my name is Janaki and I had spinal fusion on my L3-l5 last sep'11 . The pressure in my back is unbelievable, and my legs and feet twitch 24/7, it feels that there is electricity in my legs..Help does anyone else have these symptoms?
Hi Janaki, I feel for you. My legs feel like they have electricty in them and twitch from time to time, especially in bed. I take neurontin and Oxycodona and they help a lot, otherwise I get about and know that there is nothing else any surgeon can do.

Scottsdale, AZ

#685 Jun 2, 2013
Thank you for sharing this. I am glad I could get some other people's opinion as my friend is contemplating the same thing.
Spine Surgeons R Criminal

Candler, NC

#686 Jun 10, 2013
These American Spine butchers are not only screw up but they are crooks as well. There are a lot of industry insiders blowing the whistle on these monsters.

Oklahoma City, OK

#687 Jun 26, 2013
Hi my name is Brandon and I am 30 years old. I can relate to all of y'all with this back pain. In 2010 I had my first back surgery which was 2 bulging disks and 1 ruptured disk. My doc performed a diskectomy and when I woke up from surgery I had immediate relief from my pain. Then to cut the story short I had 2 more same type of surgery in 2011 and 2012. You can say It's been extremely frustrating because every time I've had the surgery it's always worked but I've always reinsured it doing something so small. For instance picking up a bottle of shampoo in the shower. Well it's June of 2013 and when I saw my doctor along with my latest MRI he stated that I need a 3 level back fusion and now that I'm recovering from my fusion 3 weeks ago I have to say that it's given me a lot of relief. After my previous surgeries I still had some numbness in my legs and after my fusion I don't have them symptoms anymore. So I would encourage whoever if no other things can be done for your back, you might want to look into it and see what your doctor has to say. I know that there's a lot of skepticism with fusion being done but for me it's worked tremendously. I've done a lot of research and my conclusion is that it's different for each individual. So I hope that my story gives some of y'all encouragement and hope for the best for you all. Thanks for letting me share.

Oklahoma City, OK

#688 Jun 26, 2013
Yes I agree

Oklahoma City, OK

#689 Jun 26, 2013

Fort Wayne, IN

#690 Jun 30, 2013
Robyn wrote:
Is there anyone out there that has recovered or has been treated for post surgery cauda equina with good results? I had L5-S1 fusion almost three years ago and still deal with constant numbness from my ass to my toes. They told me it could take up to 5 years for the nerves to kick back in?
Hello my name is Nicole I had the same spinal fusion as you my story started in 2006 when I got hurt on the job well I have been through every test every Injection and every pain med well up until a week ago the ins co. Had done nothing for me not one doctor out of the 7 specialist I went to had no idea well my case is coming to an end the decided to send me for pt and that is who told me I had clonus so try not to feel so bad I am lucky if I can get out of bed in the morning and I will never walk again my son helps take cAre of me and the ins co wants to stop my pain meds and the doctor won't let them he told them I will need the pAin meds as well. I tried to keep this short and let you know you are not alone if you have any questions please ask I will try to help the best I can without being a doctor. I was able to walk right up until the day I had the spinal fusion done
Anita Beal

United States

#691 Jul 5, 2013
I am very sorry for you Jessica. Yes you are to young to be living with such pain. I am a 56 year old woman and have worked hard all my life, also was in to abusive relationships that caused me to have a slipped vertebra in my lower lumbar the pain was worse than giving birth. My p.c.p would do nothin but tell me it was osteoarthiritis and I had to learn to live with it.
So I went to see my husbands doctor who sent me to a specialist. He told me what was going on and I had to have surgery A.S.A.P. My husbands insurance kept dening the surgery so I was bedridden for 2 months before my surgery and 3 months afterwards. It has been 1 year and 1 month since my surgery and the fusion on the right side of my spine has not completely healed. He said by the first of next year if it is not healed, I will need another fusion on the right side. I have been wearing a bone growth stimulator since Febuary and it is july now. I have to wear it 4 hours a day every day. Plus wear a back brace. I am praying I will heal and not need the second surgery. I am so sorry for you pain. I know how it feels, and chasing little children can agrivate it. You need rest and a bone growth stimulator. Try to find a live in babysitter. No bending, twisting or reaching above your head. Sometimes everyone doesn't heal at the same rate. My doctor tried to tell me he has never seen anyone not heal, he said I should of done healed and he had never seen this before. But he also told me my first visit back I could go back to work and lift 50 lbs. again. LoL, that was stupid. I knew better.
Anita Beal

United States

#692 Jul 5, 2013
I had a spinal fusion in my lower lumbar and now the doctor says I may need a fusion in My cervical spine also. It really worries me, cuz it has been over a year since my lumbar fusion and the right side is not completely healed. I can't even get the neck surgery untill my back heals. I am falling apart and unable to do things that I love to do. I hardly clean my house. Thank goodness I have no small children, cuz I could not care for them.

Odenton, MD

#693 Jul 5, 2013
I had lumbar fusion of L4-5 with hardware...doing well, but now I have a poking pain around top of incision and brace irritates it...it seems to be slightly swollen, but improves with rest...any ideas?

Brevard, NC

#694 Jul 8, 2013
I was 50 yrs old when i fell & slightly hit the bedroom wall. I have pretty severe osteoporosis- I guss that why my back "broke" : one vertebrae. I walked to the car to go to the ER and could feel my spine "crunching".. I was assigned a neurosurgeon. Dr. Bouloff(?)...he told me he was going on vacation & would be back in 7 days. Meanwhile, I was supposed to lay there & wait on his return...which I did. I didnt sleep the entire 7 days-just tossed & turned. My GP doc later told me that I'm lucky I'm not paralyzed. The neuro returned & asked me: "what do you want to do about this?" I thought he was the expert & was gonna tell me what should be done. He finally said: "Well, its a fairly bad break. We'll do the fusion." A few years earlier i had problems with opiates- i'd been on for 20 yrs. I checked myself into a detox center and took care of the problem..but my neuro knew about it & refused to give me pain meds the 7 days that i waited and when I woke up as the nurses wheeled me out of surgery, one said "oh we forgot to hook up her pain i.v. The other nurse said: "She's an addict. She doesnt get any pain meds." I had 7 or 8 staples in my back closing the incision & it had been 4 years since i had a problem with the headache meds. This all happened at Parkwest Medical Ctr in TN. Be careful if you go there but Ive heard that Dr. Bouloff is in Delaware now. Ive had chronic burning pain ever since my surgery. I dont know why- but it's making me miserable.
Richard Sellards

Phoenix, AZ

#695 Jul 12, 2013
Dmitri wrote:
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Would You mind telling me what kind of disk herniation at the age of TWENTY THREE requires surgery? I assume You might have spondylolysthesis as well since they seriously suggest fusion as well. I looks quite, how can I put that, an incredible condition. Would You please clarify?
I have had 7 back surgeries I have Pins and rods and fusions of S1 L5 L4 and L3 I had the last 2 surg in less than a year my last one was oct 2012 I am still having a great deal of pain where the pins and rods are.I can only stand for 5 minutes at a time and cannot walk a block without severe pain.Is this normal?

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