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5 Level Back Fusion L1-S1, September 2016

Started by h20lily on 01/25/2017 10:58pm

For those you you interested in hearing my 5 level fusion here it is: I had about 4 major things going on with my back.....scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, degenerative and bulging discs. My major issue was the slipped disc at L3-L4 which was causing all my right leg pain, numbing and tingling. I also was having loss of motor function in that leg and that is when I knew I had to do something about my back! I am from Calgary, Alberta Canada....where not only is there a long wait list to see a back surgeon but also in my opinion no skilled back surgeons. After finally getting in to a what I would call a rookie spine surgeon in Calgary (the Dr. I saw had just obtain there spine fellowship in 2014) and looked at my back in an uncertain why and tried to describe a 2 step process of fixing my back with 2 surgeries! That is when I knew I had to look else where. After googling the internet one day and came across a lady that had gone to Germany and had Dr. Ritter Lang perform her surgery and had excellent results. I started to do my homework on this surgeon. Dr. Ritter Lang has performed over 7,000 back surgeries with good results on all type of back surgeries in he does. I had a 5 level fusion performed in September 2016. It has been 5 months since my surgery and I would not say it has been an easy recovery but I am out of leg pain and able to continue on with some of my activities. I was very active prior to this surgery....aggressive mtn bike trail rider, hiker, and gym rat. I am 58 years old and lucky that I could retire relatively early in my life. So now after surgery I have made it my part time job to condition my body back, so that I can continue on with my active lifestyle. So far I am being able to return to the gym 3 times a week....stretching and doing light weights. I have been able to get on my spin bike and have resumed some lite trail hiking. I am waiting till after my 6 month X-ray to continue with my mtn bike riding. I am 5'8" and weigh 125lb. I didn't gain any weight after surgery (in fact I had lost weight after surgery). I was carefully to watch my diet after my surgery until I could get back into my activities. My surgery took 3 hours and I have no complications. I have heard from people that have had 3 level fusion and took the surgeons over 8 hours to do with a nick dura sac and infections. The surgery wasn't cheap $58,000 EU but I value my health and that is what was important to me. And the fact that a had SKILLED surgeons that did my surgery was worth all the money!So far I am very happy with my results.

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Hello! We are so happy to learn about your successful spine surgery. We're also thrilled to hear how you're incorporating activity back into your routine--being physically active is great for your back.

It sounds like you participate in variety of activities, but SpineUniverse has a bunch of ideas for back-friendly stretches and exercises if you ever need inspiration. ( Exercise Center )

We hope you continue to feel great and wish you all the best in your recovery!