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Thread: Is Anyone Fused from C5 to L3? Pain Relief, Mobility?

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    Join Date
    Jul 2012

    Is Anyone Fused from C5 to L3? Pain Relief, Mobility?

    I am scheduled for surgery with Dr. Lenke in the coming months, and my fusion is planned to start at C5 and go down to L3. I was wondering if anyone fused at those levels can share their experiences regarding relief of pain, loss of mobility, regrets, etc. I am still in my 20's and am very active (I like to run, swim, play tennis, etc.), and I am afraid I will be very stiff and immobile after recovering from surgery. I have also heard that lumbar fusions can quickly degrade the adjacent disks, which makes me a bit nervous as well, as I don't want to be fused down to my scarum before I hit 40.

    Any opinions, thoughts, experiences, etc. would be very much appreciated!

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    Join Date
    May 2010
    Indianapolis area
    I am not fused that high, so I can't speak to mobility. But I will say Dr. Lenke must have thought your L4-L5 levels were in good shape. If not, I believe he routinely fuses to S1. It will wear on your lower levels, but with two preserved and being so young, you may be just fine.

    age 48
    80* thoracolumbar; 40* thoracic
    Reduced to ~16* thoracolumbar; ~0* thoracic
    Surgery 3/14/12 with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis, T4 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Broken rods 12/1/19; scheduled for revision fusion L1-L3-4 with Dr. Lenke 2/4/2020
    Not "confused" anymore, but don't know how to change my username.

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