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Larry Kart

Spinal fusion surgery

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Anyone have experience with this? It may be in the cards for me.

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Yep. What level? 

Asking that because experience with lumbar vs cervical spine are usually different. 

Mine was cervical spine and it was a great success. 

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Had a family member who also had a cervical fusion operation (quite recently), also with great success.

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2 hours ago, Dub Modal said:

Yep. What level? 

Asking that because experience with lumbar vs cervical spine are usually different. 

Mine was cervical spine and it was a great success. 

cervical 5 an 6

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So it's your neck. Get a known quantity of a surgeon/clinic, follow all  (ALL!) post-op instructions, and you should be fine

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34 minutes ago, Larry Kart said:

cervical 5 an 6

I'll PM you later when I can get to a proper keyboard. 

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I’m a candidate for fusion surgery as well.  Lumbar region.  For me the surgery is scary.  My future spinal surgeon told me “don’t get the surgery unless you’re screaming in pain.”  It is risky. Was told 30% of the surgery ends in failure as the pain is worse or remains the same, and/or that there are mobility issues.  Would assume cervical is similar.  Diet and exercise help me a bit.  I’ve managed to avoid the surgery for 10+ years, but at times, it gets pretty painful and is getting harder to get relief.  Part of the problem is knowing what questions you should ask.  Use a physician relative or friend to help with what you should be asking your surgeon and neuro person.  Good luck. 

See you at the Hungry Brain?

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