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Old 22.06.2012, 13:23
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Has anyone had a lateral back fusion surgery?

So after a lot of tests, the surgeon is recommending a fusion in two places for my hubby's back, but as he is an athlete, they don't want to go through the back muscles, and one of the vertabrae they need to fuse is tough to reach through the front, so they are going to go in through the sides. Less muscles to rebuild and less likelihood of scar tissue causing issues apparently.

Just wondering if anyone has had anything like this and can share a bit about the reality of the recovery and if there is anything we should know about the surgery itself? Just waiting for the hospital and the insurance company to sort things out, but looking like early August when the surgeon is back from holidays will be when he goes in.
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Old 22.06.2012, 13:29
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Re: Has anyone had a lateral back fusion surgery?

Never even heard of it. Sounds bloody horrific though.

My mum has the opposite; her vertebrae have fused all by themselves. They were talking of breaking her back to fix it, but needless to say mum binned that idea sharpish.

Using my mother as an example, hubby can expect a permanent reduction in mobility, I'm afraid.
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Old 22.06.2012, 13:40
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Re: Has anyone had a lateral back fusion surgery?

good luck to your husband with this, I hope the time he will need to take off work won't cause any problems with his employer.
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Old 22.06.2012, 15:30
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Never even heard of it. Sounds bloody horrific though.

My mum has the opposite; her vertebrae have fused all by themselves. They were talking of breaking her back to fix it, but needless to say mum binned that idea sharpish.

Using my mother as an example, hubby can expect a permanent reduction in mobility, I'm afraid.

We totally expect a reduction in mobility, especially with two points being fused, but he is willing to give up a bit of distance on his golf drive and be able to sneeze without excruciating pain! Definitely will adjust a few things for him but as long as the surgery takes away the pain then I think it will be easier to live with the changes than the pain.
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Old 22.06.2012, 15:33
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good luck to your husband with this, I hope the time he will need to take off work won't cause any problems with his employer.
He is a stay at home dad (non-EU dependent L permit holder so not much option!) which has probably made it a bit harder on his back the past 9 months, but our little guy is super happy so he is definitely doing a great job! the challenge will be the length of his recovery and my employer being ok with me taking my whole year's vacation at once to look after them , and then convincing some family member to come over for a while to look after the little guy for at least a couple more weeks if not longer when I have to go back. One salary means no unpaid leave options for us, but fingers crossed it all works out easily!
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Old 22.06.2012, 15:33
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Re: Has anyone had a lateral back fusion surgery?

My dad had this done 4 years ago but the surgeon did not go through the sides. It took my dad a long time to recover but back then he was in his sixties and was overweight and he is not an athlete. But he stopped drinking alcohol an watched his diet 3 months before he had the surgery.

My recommendation to you would be to ask your surgeon as many questions as you wish and feel as confident as you possibly can that you have made the right decision.

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Old 22.06.2012, 15:58
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Re: Has anyone had a lateral back fusion surgery?

I have a genetic condition with my back called 'scheurmann's syndrome' and many years ago had a consultation to discuss surgery. He said that the risks were quite high and that he would recommend lots of other options (physio, lots of swimming exercise) before going for surgery.

Is you husband overweight ? I know from experience it can be hard to get moving with a bad back plus being overweight, but my back is a million times better when I am fitter and lighter.

My deformity is in the 3rd and 4th lumbar vertebrae, so lower back, and I also once saw a chiropractor (I'm not a big 'believer' and he gave me two positions for my spine, one for 'emergency relief' and one for 'strengthening' and they both do work...

I guess what I'm saying is that before going down the path of serious surgery I'd use the motivation to try to work on the underlying problem if possible. However, if his injury is caused by sport, and he's already very fit and active, then maybe he's already tried other options.

Some people bounce back from surgery fast, and for others it can be very limiting and a slow, frustrating experience. Also, chronic pain has a set of features of it's own, aside from the actual experience of being injured...
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Old 23.06.2012, 23:18
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Re: Has anyone had a lateral back fusion surgery?

He is actually a professional golfer and incredibly fit which is why no physio or any other treatment helps as he already has an incredibly strong core. He went to the Balgrist clinic last year and the physio there said his core is stronger than most Olympic athletes he has seen, and as this has been going for over 20 years, all other options have been investigated.

Thanks for the concerns but the decision has been made to do the surgery, I was just wondering if anyone had had a fusion done by going through the sides but it doesn't seem like a common procedure.
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