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Multi level fusion

"First time caller here" .... I'm scheduled for a multi level fusion, not sure until next week as to how many levels in the Lumbar region... I know at least 3 and will confirm after cat scans, MRI and x-rays next week, doc wanted the tests within a week of surgery. I have scoliosis, arthritis, stenosis, disc issues etc.... Feels like my vertebrae are bone on bone And just rotting away, I know it's not but that's how it feels.  I've had 2 surgeries over the past 4 years, prior were for disc issues, stenosis and scar tissue al. Caused by the scoliosis. &n

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Multilevel Spinal Fusion for Low Back Pain - Spine-Health

Multilevel Spinal Fusion for Low Back Pain ; ... lumbar spine fusion has a relatively poor success rate for treatment of multi-level disc degeneration seen on MRI ...
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High Risk Multi-level Cervical Fusion - Adjunct Use of a Bone ...

A pleasant 65-year-old female had an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) performed at the C6-C7 level 6 years prior to presentation. She is 5'-3" tall and ...
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Multi Level Fusion | Low Back Pain - Scoliosis

Multilevel fusion as a primary treatment for low back pain from degenerated discs is a controversial topic in spine medicine. In certain instances, a two level spinal ...
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Single vs Multilevel Fusion for Spondylolisthesis, Stenosis

Which is the best surgical option for single-level degenerative spondylolisthesis with multilevel lumbar stenosis? The SPORT study reports.
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The effect of multilevel anterior cervical fusion on neck motion

Jan 19, 2012 · Anterior cervical decompression and fusion (ACDF) procedures are successful in treating multilevel cervical radiculopathy and cervical myelopathy. It was ...
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Multilevel Spinal Fusion Surgery - SpineUniverse

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Conditions Treated by Multi Level Fusion - Spinal Pain Treatment

Multi level fusion is a procedure that many doctors use and that has proven to be very effective although many argue against it because of its low success rate.
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Multi-level Cervical Spinal Fusion recovery -

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Multilevel Spinal Fusions | Burak Ozgur, MD

Burak Ozgur, MD is one of the best neurosurgeons in the US, CA specializing in Multilevel Spinal Fusions Procedure. Call (949) 383-4190 / 888-64-SPINE.
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Multi level fusion

I have had a 2 level fusion and have herniated the disc above earlier this year. The fusion puts more stress on your non affected discs. I have had three surgeries in less than 3 yrs. the last two were failures at controlling my pain. You have a 50/50 chance of having a good outcome. My problem was disc herniations, djd and nerve damage to my leg not scoliosis. I'm not able to work anymore and there is nothing that can be done for my pain. I was in my very early 30's when I had this done. I would highly recommend a second opinion and really really know that this is what you truly want to do. It could change your life for good or for very bad. Good luck to you! Ginger
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more fusions

As I write this I am waiting for my surgery authorization for today's surgery. I am fused from C3 thru T2. T/1,T/2 was fused anteriorly a week ago and they are going to fuse the back of my neck from C/3 to T/2 with rods and take out the wires installed in last surgery. Yes, Yes and Yes to all your answers it never ends I think. Only you and people like me need to make the decisions that are best for us at the time. I had many anterior fusions with no work on the back of the neck and now I believe they both need to be fused to achieve a better fusion. My theory is if it don't move it don't hurt. I like the hardware just for extra protection during healing, it can help stabilize the fusion immediately instead of waiting for it to fuse. Good luck you are not the only one with this problem. I will post how it went after surgery. So far this will be 8 neck fusions and 2 low back fusion. Hope I Help
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Hi there! I am not sure how long back were the procedures done in your case, though I would agree that multiple level fusions are not the best suited management in most cases. With recent development in technology these are usually kept as the last resort. However still with increased severity these may still be the treatment of choice in some cases, where other interventions or surgeries would either be complicated of contraindicated. Take care!
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Severe Neck Problems post fusions

Hi, kikko.  I don't have any advice for you, but you do have my deepest sympathies.  I can't begin to imagine how scared you must be with this pending surgery, nor can I truthfully say I feel your pain, because it is probably so much worse than I could ever imagine.  I suffer from chronic pain in my lower back from stenosis and degenerative disk disease as well as other joint problems, but my pain is nothing compared to yours.  I hope everything works out for you.  I truly do.  I will pray for you to get well soon.  Warmly, Vicki T
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failed cervial surgery syndrome

the chances of adjacent joint disease are about3% per year for 10 are not alone..neerve problems are not always relieved by decompression..they take time or might not come back...good luck
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Multi Level Cervical Disk Replacement

i too went to spine inst and living in chas., u still check here for reply's ...don't want to waste time if not??
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Multi-level Cervical DDD, Areflexia and Options

I forgot to mention I also have a hemangioma in my thoracic spince and mild to moderate DDD in my lumbar spine.  We believe it is genetic as my sister and I who share only a father both have degenerative diseases.
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Multi- level thoracic disc herniations

I have almost the same disc problems. I wanted to know if you have had extreme chest pain? almost heart attack like?
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Neck Pain

I can certainly understand your reluctance to have surgery.  I just had anterior cervical discectomy with fusion C4-C7 done on 2/17.09.  I am now 11 days postop and doing extremely well.  Within three hours of the surgery all of my neck, shoulder and arm pain including the numbness in my hand and fingers was completely gone.  Taking the pressure off of the nerves being compressed secondary to disc herniations and stenosis was the miracle cure.  I had an extremely skilled neurosurgeon who had told me prior to surgery that the neck fusion is one of the surgeries most often done and most individuals respond very well.  I was in the hospital for only 2 days and did not experience any significant problems (no sore throat, no hoarseness etc.)  I do not need to wear a collar and I am now performing most activity without problems.  Only restrictions are no lifting greater than 15lbs and no significant twisting of my neck. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of this surgery!  While I realize not everyone will respond the same, the important issue is to get the pressure off your affected nerves as soon as possible to prevent permanent damage, You are quite young to be experiencing such discomfort associated with DDD.  If you are healthy in other ways with no other major medical problems, you might want to reconsider surgery.  This is a difficult decision, and must be made after examining all the options and how your quality of life is affected. Not everyone undergoing neck fusion has problems postop. Best wishes ----
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