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  • GermanLutheran
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    I have called your office and I am on your waiting list, and now I have yet another question.

    I have seen my family practice physician today and he is waiting to send you a referral. He also told me that a posterior fusion surgery is generally in the works after a failed anterior surgery. He felt my back and did not “like” what he felt. He said that a secondary fusion generally will stabilize the spine totally. I asked him the reasoning and he told me, “It will keep any part of the nerve from compressing yet again.”

    I would like to know if I need to think about this, and if it is a real possibility in my future that our LORD will guide your hands to heal my body as He sees fit.

    I am sorry for taking up more of your time, and I am patiently awaiting when I can meet you in person.

    In Nomine Christi regis nostrum

    Josh

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    I assume that you have already undergone an anterior fusion in the lower back which has failed. There are some of these fusions that even if they have failed, will not cause significant symptoms but many will cause symptoms.

    If your symptoms originate from a failed anterior lumbar fusion, then your family doctor is correct and a posterior fusion will generally help to relieve symptoms. If there is residual nerve root compression, the posterior approach is necessary to decompress the nerves as well and lend to a solid fusion.

    Dr. Corenman

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