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    TLIF Surgery
    nannyjo1953 posted:
    I have been dealing with severe pain going down my right side an lower back for many years, but now has gotten unbearable. Its so difficult to stand over 2 mins to try to cook an not able to stand in choir at church. Even walking in store is very difficult without having something to hold on too. I had MRI last week an also saw my Neuro surgeon who recommended A TLIF surgery. I'm all for it but just scared of being put to sleep the 3-4 hrs because my b/p has been known to bottom out with me. Is this surgery a safe surgery to have an do you get lots of pain relief from it? All opinions would-be appreciated so I can feel better about having it done. I'm so so tired of hurting an not having quality of life. I'm only 60 an have 5 grandchildren that I want to do things with.
    davedsel responded:
    Hello and welcome.

    I have never had spinal surgery and probably never will. However, I have been managing moderate to severe chronic pain from serious spinal problems for over 35 years. I've also done a great deal of research into spinal problems, their diagnosis and effective treatments.

    Here is a link to excellent information on regarding TLIF surgery:

    You would be wise to get other opinions from a spinal orthopedic surgeon and/or spinal neurosurgeon before having surgery. As far as your blood pressure, that would be closely monitored during surgery along with other functions while you are under anesthesia.

    You need to do more research and become intimately familiar with the procedure, its benefits and its success rates in general. Don't rely on what your surgeon tells you alone. After you have done your research then you can make an educated decision about having the surgery.

    I pray you find answers and relief soon.
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    bj1208 responded:
    Hi Nannyjo1953 - welcome to the support group -

    Dave has given you great info, as always!

    I have had Anterior Lumbar Fusion L5-S1 (thru stomach done 2/08) and what I can tell you about fusion surgeries is they are mainly done to stabilize the spine from the damaged disc. There is no guarantee the surgery will reduce and/or eliminate pains. Surgeons are hopeful it will.

    As with all surgeries it's wise to get more than one opinion - as a matter of fact I am looking at having another fusion on my L4-5 disc as it does not align with the other discs and this one will be done thru the back as I already have scar tissue in the front. I went to 3 spine specialist (Orthopedic Spine and Neurosurgeon Spine Specialists) to get opinions.

    Any surgeries are deemed risky mainly because of being put under.

    There are many surgeons that require psychiatric testings to be done prior to most major surgeries. This is done to make sure the patient will be able to handle the recovery period etc. You may be asked to go thru this so don't be nervous if you have to do this.

    as Dave said, and also gave you links to look at, do lots of research on fusion surgeries - also look google: Failed Back Surgery Syndrome - this happens more often with back surgeries as reducing and/or eliminating pains did not take place.

    I hope this helps - let us know if u have other questions - keep us posted when you see other surgeons for 2nd/3rd opinions~~
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    nannyjo1953 replied to davedsel's response:
    thanks so much for the info Dave I will check out the links you supplied. As it is right now I can hardly do anything without hurting an unable to stand in choir over 2 mins before severe pain sets in an sometimes its hard to get back to car from church. I hurt so bad trying to cook super an have to sit down so much to get it done. I'm so ready to start feeling better.
    nannyjo1953 replied to bj1208's response:
    Davie forgot to mention they would be going through my back with arthroscopic incisions I've had both knees one shoulder completely replaced an also right foot reconstruction. Arthritis has really did a number with my joints

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