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JustMeB posted:
I am a 56 yr old female I have had two back surgeries on the disc between L2 and L3 and now neuro says I need fusion for these two disc's due to spondy, I had spondy the first and second time. So I am wondering why they waited to now say fusion? And I am concerned that the other discs may be affected by this fusion.
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bj1208 responded:
Hi JUSTMEBE - welcome to the support group -

have you had a recent MRI or CT Scan? if so do you have the written report? this would help us to help you with some of the findings there.

What type of surgery did you have the first 2 times? sometimes disc(s) that have been operated on and/or near can develop other problems. Also as we age our discs can have Degenerative Disc Disease where it could be at a stage that a fusion is needed.

Also are the disc(s) herniated (bulging etc) as this would also be warranted of a fusion especially if the disc is bulging enough to be pressing on nerve roots.

What I would suggest that you do is gather up your medical records pertaining to this and get another opinion from either a Orthopedic Spine Specialist or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist. It's always wise to do this before having surgery done.

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