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Lumber fusion question
mzscott4765 posted:
I have a work relate back injury in 2k12. I have tried every rehab and treatment therapy over the past couple of yrs. That has not help the pain. So yesterday I just found out I need Fusion Lumber Surgery. I'm in my early 30's and scared of the surgery and the thought of the surgery not working. Has anyone had this type a surgery done at a somewhat younger age with success .

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mayday_217 responded:
I saw an ortho spine specialist in regards to the same surgery and I was denied it. I am 22 years old and was told it is not reccomened for people under the age of 40.

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trs1960 responded:
I have a friend that had 3-4 lumbar fused probably in his 30s he is extremely successful and works full time in a very stressful job.

It's good to be scared of surgery, but sometimes there's no choice. Only you can decide when it's right.

bj1208 replied to mayday_217's response:
Hi Mayday

I'm sorry if this is frank but WTH does your age have to do with needing spine surgery? So if you were in a car accident would that still hold true?

I think you need to gather all your test results and see another spine specialist . There are Orthopedic and Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist. My preferance would be a Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist.

Please keep us posted what you find out.
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trs1960 replied to bj1208's response:
And I was trying to be nice

Joy is right and one thing I'm trying to say and need to be more direct is; you (we) need to challenge our doctors and health professionals. Just because they have a white coat on doesn't make then God. They can't see your pain, they can't gage it.

You sound frustrated with months of PT that has only made you worse. You can tell us, but you need to tell your doctor or new doctor as Joy stated.

I have had great doctors, good doctors and one that nearly killed me. Listen to your body and your instinct. You own it!


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