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Can't find answer about spinal fusion

Posted by
J. on July 29, 2003 at 10:10:15:

Hi,

First, I'm not one to ask a question that has already been answered but I haven't really found the answer to my question in the archives. A family member broke her back, T11 or T10 vertebrae. Neurosurgeon said the bone was compressing the spinal cord to a 33 degree angle. The Dr. said once he lifted the broken bone the cord popped back into almost perfect shape. Still, he fused the T10 and T11 with a cadaver bone and put four rods in where the break is. The disc is still there, it was not removed. This family member has pain(only been 2 weeks since surgery) but can move around, even bend a bit. Gets out of bed, can climb stairs but She must wear a plastic brace when sitting or riding in cars. My question is: while this person has a very high threshold for pain will she forever be in pain, as I've heard spinal fusions can sometimes be worse. Problem is, this isn't someone who HAD backpain and had a choice for surgery. She had to have this done or risk paralysis if gone untreated. Was this the correct way to go?



Re: Can't find answer about spinal fusion (Archive in osteoporosis.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on July 30, 2003 at 07:30:09:

In Reply to: Can't find answer about spinal fusion posted by J. on July 29, 2003 at 10:10:15:

Hi, J.

I think the correct thing was done here. Traumatic lesions are differnet than degenerative ones.

The chances are that she has osteoporosis as the reason this vertebra collapsed and there are things that can be done for that.

The chances are good that, after 6-12 months of gradually reducing discomfort, she will be pain free.

Let us know how she does.

Walt

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