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    zagama posted:
    I am new to this site so please bear why any silly questions I may post. I have been diagnosed with low back pain due to an injury that happened 30 years ago.I have sacroiliac dysfunction, spinal stenosis of the lumbar region,aquired scoliosis, facet arthritis of the lumbar region of the lumbar region, radicular pain, trochanteric bursitis of the left hip. I have been to 3 specialists and I have to have back surgery. What can I expect??? I am 61 years old, and have been very active and fit until 3 or 4 years ago. Thank you for any answers you can give me.
    bj1208 responded:
    Hi and welcome to the support group

    It really depends on what type of surgery they want to do. If u can let us know the exact procedure they want to do and we will help you as much as possible.
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    Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

    ~~ Joy ~~
    zagama replied to bj1208's response:
    He said I`d have to have rods and hardware and bone graphs
    which will leave me with a scar about 10 inches.

    bj1208 replied to zagama's response:
    Please please please - get a couple more opinions from both Orthopedic Spine and Neurosurgeon Spine Specialists.

    Google: Fusions (as I believe this is what they want to do). I've had 2 fusions - one in 2/08 and my latest one was 12/4/2013!!!! The first one - I fused 100% and my hardware is intact however fusions have a very low rank when it comes to reducing pains. The first one actually increased my pains worse than before surgery.

    On this last one, I am having problems with one of the screws as it has breached the area around it and is pressing on something causing me so much pain when I walk, stand or even sleeping.

    Most surgeons have done away with bone grafth (taking from a hip bone etc) and instead will take the damaged disc, crush it and put it back into the cage along with a medicine to help produce a bone.

    I would suggest that you read about Fusions and also read this article too:

    You really need to educate yourself on the surgery and know what you are up against. Most recovery periods can be between 6 mts to a year - sometimes longer.

    I hope I didn't scare you, but know that success rate for fusions is about 60% and pain reduction is about 30% or less.

    Let us know if you have questions~~
    ~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~

    Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

    ~~ Joy ~~
    tlh509 responded:
    Welcome. I too would recommend getting more opinions as Joy said. There is a wealth of info available here on webmd, as it relates to back issues, and surgeries and all else. Good luck!! Tom

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