cindy2836ParticipantFebruary 11, 2021 at 6:27 amPost count: 22
Hello Doctor, next month I will be having the above at Ohio State Univ Neurosurgy in Columbus OH. I have a loose scrw at T10 of my current S1-T10 which we be removed. Then laminectomy due to DD (CT showed vacume phenomen) I have proximal junction kyphosis. I have lived with severe pain in my mid back since 9 months post op of the S1-T10 in Jan 2018. Epidurals and facet injections did not help. I’m a very active 67 year old who still works. I do have osteoporosis for which I do the Prolia injections. A year ago due to arm pain I had the ACDF surgery of C3-C7. So after this extension fusion next month, I will have very few vertebrae without hardware on it. I had reached out to you in July and I appreciated your thoughts on the kyphosis. I had to ask my ortho surgeon to refer me on as he did not recommend surgery as he said too rough of a recovery. My surgery will be posterior. Of course my surgeon offers no promises but I have to do something as my quality of life has declined. I’m to expect 7-10 in the hospital for this and then recover at home. I believe you said to put off surgery as long as possible and I lived with the pain but decided to pursue a fix of it. Thank you for your time!! CindyDonald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorFebruary 14, 2021 at 11:47 amPost count: 8459
I think the plan is sound. You probably have a pseudoarthrosis of T10-11 and wear with angulation above. I assume they will be extending the fusion to at least T8 if not more of the thoracic spine and joining into the existing hardware below. Please keep us informed of your progress.
Dr. Corenmancindy2836ParticipantFebruary 17, 2021 at 11:45 amPost count: 22
Thank you doctor and I will keep you all informed. I’m a little concerned about the pain level of recovery from this surgery but I’ve always managed before. I know the plan is to go up as high at T4 as he said he does not like to stop in the curve. I’ve very flexible now and able to do all I need to do to enjoy life and yes this fusion may limit some of that flexibility I have but if so then it’s worth the trade off to get rid of this constant pain that causes so much fatigue.
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