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An_251540 posted:
Should I have a fusion? I have been seeing a pain management doctor due to lower back pain. I have had nerve block injections with little relief. I recently have been sent to a neurosurgeon which suggested a fusion. I am only 33. Thanks for your advise.
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bj1208 responded:
Hi and welcome to the support group -

we really cannot answer that question. You really should go and get another opinion from a Orthopedic Spine Specialist - this way you will know what is suggested.

I had a fusion, L5-S1 done in 2008 - it was a success as far as the surgery goes - I fused 100% and the hardware is stable however there is no guarantee the surgery will reduce/eliminate pains. I was doing really well in my post op recovery however after 3 months my pains came back worse than before the surgery. this is attributed to scar tissue developing and soft tissue damage.

You need to do all the research you can on fusions - just GOOGLE fusions - pros and cons. also look up: FAILED BACK SURGERY SYNDROME gather all the information you can and discuss this with your surgeon (you can pick who you want) - ask tons of questions especially if there is any alternative treatments/

I wish you the best~~keep us posted what you find out~~
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Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~


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