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

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    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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    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.

    Best,
    Evelyn
    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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