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Thread: L5-S1 Fusion post-op complications

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2008

    Unhappy L5-S1 Fusion post-op complications

    Hi all- I had this procedure April 2006 and have had terrible complications - pain at the operative site, neck, wrists, hands as well as the top of my curve. I feel the operation changed my S curve to a question mark. The top of the curve is about 39 degrees and the bottom was about 26. I got a Spine-Cor brace as I was told by the chiro who sold it that it would straighten my spine and therefore the operative site and everything else would have less pressure on it and all would work out. It has not happened although I am only a few months into two-year plan. I have been to orthopods, neurologists etc. who all don't get the mechanics of what is going on. I signed up with a Schrott PT so I hope to get some results there as the regular PT does not work. I cannot bend, carry things. I have gained a lot of weight mostly due to the medication experiments I have been through. I just thought I would share my experience to see if there are others who might have some thoughts and who might want to commiserate. I live in NYC.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2007


    Dear Alex-- I'm so sorry about your complications. What a nightmare for you! Have you been to any scoli specialists who do revision surgeries on a regular basis? That would be my suggestion. I can't commiserate, as my surgery seems to be doing fine, but just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you and will pray that you get some relief and help. I'm glad you're part of the forum-- and I'm sure there will be some who post that can be of better help.
    67 and plugging along...
    2007 52 w/ severe lumbar stenosis & L2L3 lateral listhesis (side shift)
    5/4/07 posterior spinal fusion T2-L4 w/ laminectomies and osteotomies @L2L3, L3L4
    Dr. Kim Hammerberg, Rush Univ. Medical Center in Chicago

    Corrected to 15
    CMT (type 2) DX in 2014, progressing
    NEW 10/2018 x-rays show spondylolisthesis at L4/L5 - Dr. DeWald is monitoring

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