8 level fusion surgery dx

Hi, I just found out I need to have an 8 level Spinal fusion in a few weeks. I am a bit worried about the recovery and how it will effect my body movement. If anyone has had this extensive procedure I appreciate any help or tips that you can provide. 



  • Which part of your spine is the fusion proposed?  I have a combo of surgical and auto-fusion from C2 to T10.

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  • n2waterdogs - welcome to a great forum, we're glad you found us.  Can you provide a little more information?  What levels need to be fused and what is the reason for the fusion?  I am fused 10 levels from T9 to S1 and that was due to a fast moving curve from scoliosis.  You probably would not be able to tell that I am fused by just watching me in my daily life.  That is until I have to pick up something that is flat on the floor.  That one still gets me. I just found new ways to do things, I call it my new normal.  BTW, I am n2sleddogs :)

  • MikethepikeMMikethepike MIchiganPosts: 482
    edited 11/30/2019 - 1:58 PM
    Hey urbmshr, what does that do to your stomach muscles do they atrophy? Do they tighten up? Can you exercise them at all? Just wondering  do to the fusion. I have a problem with my thoracic spine his degenerative disc disease and is Curving. Thanks for your input take care and God bless
  • Mikethepike - ummm, not sure about my stomach muscles, guess I never really exercised them before the fusion. Haha. I do remember someone telling me once years ago that you can keep your abs tight by just sucking in your gut, holding for like 10 seconds then releasing.  Kind of like isometric.  Also just tightening your abs by squeezing your muscles - also isometric like.  I think I do this without thinking about it.  Of course that log roll to get up from laying down also exercises those abs. Is there a fusion in your future?

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  • The 8 level fusion is c3 to T3 due to spinal stenosis, ddd, spondylolisthesis,  curving, damage above and below a fusion in 2000 of the C5, 6,7. I went to see a ortho doc for pain and after an mri of the cervical spine due to my history he needed a release from a Neuro Surgeon. Two MRI's later and a nerve study I found this out 2 days ago back to surgery. My Neuro is hoping this will either hold off the lumbar surgery or it could bring the need for that surgery sooner. L4, 5 has a par defect and the L4 is half sitting on L5 like a stair step. So distraught I'm getting scheduled before Xmas, so I'm trying to process all this  quickly. Thank you all for your much needed comments. 

  • I am fused T3-S1.i had it done in 2015. My spine itself never hurt but the pulling on the incision did lol!The hardest part for me was getting in and out of bed.i can still bend at the hips. My spine feels stronger and better than ever. You will need to eat a lot of protein so the bone grows to complete fusion. Oh yeah btw, getting in out da vehicle was not so easy either. So we always opted to take truck. And yes. I would do it all over again. I'm 66 so I had that surg done at age 62

  • Post op 93 days, had my last doc visit yesterday, hard brace gone now in a soft brace for about 2 weeks. No pain except the pulling feeling after the PT I'm doing myself. Hoping to hold off lumbar surgery. I sure would do this surgery again, it's been amazing! 

  • n2waterdogs - So glad for you to hear you are doing so well.  I have no idea what limits to your activity you were given.  Given your surgery was from C3 to T3, I'm guessing that you had posterior surgery with rods.  You have been through earlier fusions, so I expect you have been given time estimates for healing/fusing process. 
     I hope your healing continues well and please resist the urge to over do activity.  I know the appropriate level of activity can be difficult at times to determine.
  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 4,476


    Great to hear from you and thanks for the update. I am so glad to hear you are out of pain. It's not often we hear a surgery was amazing. Keep healing well and stay in touch.


  • bugslybbugsly MinnesotaPosts: 38


    Happy to hear your doing good.  I had close to the same surgery C3 to T2 at the end of November.  My appointment today was cancelled due to Covid19 .  Am a little bit bummed out.  I wanted to see if I could take the brace off, well I did it anyway.  Is your neck a little tight when trying to turn it?  The muscle by my left shoulder blade is tender to the touch. Should I be concerned?  I'm thinking its because he cut it and I haven't done anything for sometime now.  Any information would be helpful.  


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