Has anyone had a spinal fusion? My neurosugeon is saying I may need one.
He said he would go in from the front. I am just wondering if anyone has
ever had this type of surgery and what was their outcome.
Spinal fusion is simply put fusing two or more vertabrae together to
limit flexion in an area that's suffered blunt force trauma or nerve
The problem is that it limits mobility and thus puts more strain on
the vertabrae above and below the fusion point.
This can lead to weakening of the vertabrae around the fusion point
and possible micro fractures, leading to yet more fusion to correct
Fusion is only a good option for those advanced enough in age to gain
some benefit from this short term fix as most experience a return of
their pain after a few years and start developing real problems as the
bones become more fragile with age.
I'm now in that age range (50-65) that's considered as viable for this
procedure but I for one am not going to have it done untill I'm very
close to the end of my life. And only then if it is absolutely
necessary for control of extreme pain and quality of life etc...
Sounds like your doc is one of those surgeons who like to prescribe
surgery as a first option instead of the last resort.
Most tend to be a bit cut happy... hey it more money in their pockets
Saw a documentary last month on the alarming rise of spinal fusion
surgeries in this country(USA) in just the last few years. something
like 70% more being done, yet the majority of patients complain of no
improvement in pain symptoms.