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#508199 - 12/22/14 10:57 AM Metal in the back
Lon Offline
Very_Addicted_to_AS_Kickin

Registered: 09/11/01
Posts: 8348
Loc: Gillette, Wyoming
Has anyone read / heard of procedures that can replace using so much hardware to hold the back in place? The surgeon told me 4 years ago to wait until I was less active and could not stand it any more. I think I am there.
but he said it would include lots of hardware that would trip the metal detectors.
What do they call less invasive procedures that will hold the vertebra in place?

Thanks
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#508200 - 12/22/14 01:17 PM Re: Metal in the back [Re: Lon]
poconomike Offline
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Registered: 01/12/13
Posts: 144
Loc: pocono mts pa
Hi Lon I have a lot of metal in my back.I had 3 disc's removed and bone grafts set in the empty spaces. My lumbar spine is held together by 2 rods along with lots of screws and other hardware. the rods go from the pelvis up to t10.I'm lots of fun at airports the bigger ones have full body scanners so there's no problem. Smaller airports can be a pain, you have to get there earlier. My surgery lasted 12hrs.and a year to get back to being active. It was a big deal but worth it. All the pains that ran down my legs are gone, within a year i weaned myself off narcotics. My dr also told me to wait until i couldn't take the pain anymore and with good reason it was a last resort. I wish you well if you have any questions just ask. Mike
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#508248 - 12/27/14 09:22 AM Re: Metal in the back [Re: poconomike]
Lon Offline
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Registered: 09/11/01
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Loc: Gillette, Wyoming
Pocono- the pain down the legs is nearly unbearable. never going away....
but I do not want the struggle of pain meds for that long of a period! How about local pain in your back?

How long ago was the surgery?
I am already fused in 3 places but the stenosis is a serious problem.

thanks, Mike, I wish you well.
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#508251 - 12/27/14 07:09 PM Re: Metal in the back [Re: Lon]
poconomike Offline
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Registered: 01/12/13
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Loc: pocono mts pa
Lon have you ever looked into spinal stim? that works pretty well on the pain down the legs. I was on full time meds for 7 or 8yrs. before the fusion and metal was done so i had a long way to go to get off before the surgery. I had l2-3, l3-4 and l4-5 fused,l5-s1 was already fused so he left it alone. the surgery was 3 1/2yrs ago and so far so good very little back pain. Right now my hips are driving me nuts they will be the next parts to get changed. when stenosis becomes a problem on l5 s1 i think i'm going to try laser surgery, there is a place in Philly near my daughters house.Im hoping to stay 1 step ahead of the pain. Mike
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#508258 - 12/28/14 12:00 PM Re: Metal in the back [Re: Lon]
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Registered: 11/13/02
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Loc: Oklahoma where the wind comes...
Lon, I have a lot of metal holding me together. I hurt like crazy. I saw a new surgeon who my rheumy told me is the one the drs. all use and is the one that gets the difficult cases.

He told me the surgery I need is extremely huge and I would have all kinds of rods, plates and screws both front and back and then something to help my increasing scoliosis.

He then told me that there are so many risks; infection, heart, anesthetic problems, on and on. He finished up with "And Joyce, regardless of how much surgery I do, I can do nothing to help your pain. When you have such extreme systemic problems, you are still going to hurt. So, unless you straight out ask me to do the surgery, I won't do it."

I am on extended release morphine and hydrocodone for breakthrough and I am in so much pain and can barely keep moving. What I am trying to say is that for me the time has come that "It is what it is" and "God's grace is sufficient.".

Blessings Lon. I pray for relief for you so you can climb the mountains...ALL of them!
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#508277 - 12/29/14 05:22 PM Re: Metal in the back [Re: poconomike]
Lon Offline
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Registered: 09/11/01
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Loc: Gillette, Wyoming
Mike-
thanks for the response. It seems like my family forgets that I am putting off this surgery and are kind of shocked when I talk about it! It seems when the leg pain is better, the stinking low back gets fierce!
Laser might be the ticket!
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#508278 - 12/29/14 05:26 PM Re: Metal in the back [Re: Possi]
Lon Offline
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Registered: 09/11/01
Posts: 8348
Loc: Gillette, Wyoming
Joyce- thanks for the heartfelt response. Maybe I should search for someone to just work on the throbbing leg pain?

Thanks for the prayers / and I pray for your health too! I have enough great memories of the great out of doors / but I would like to hunt with my red head grand son who is 8.....

agape'
Lon
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