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Circumferential Fusion

DegenerativeShellyDDegenerativeShelly Posts: 279
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
HI Guys...Am going in for my 3rd spine op in 2years and was wondering if anyone has had a fuions done "Circumferential" instead of the anterior approach...AS once they do the anterior they cant go in the same way again and now have to go in thru my side..

Anyone had this done as yet???


  • Thanx for your help...I live in Australia actually and my surgeon is doing the fusions at L2/3 and 3/4 by going in thru my side and thru my back and am greatful for any feedback on this prodedure.
  • I am the person from the UK who is having a 'circumferential' fusion on 19th March.
    My surgeon is approaching the disc posteriorly, and will do a discectomy, laminectomy and fusion on L4/L5 with cage and pedicle screws and rods.

    What date is your surgery? I wish you well.
    If you can wait, I hope to post here how it goes as soon as I can.
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  • Thanks for that info..I have mine done on the 17th of March and he is cutting in thru the side and the back as I all ready have fusions at L4/5 and L5/S1 and also in C4/5,5/6 and 6/7...I feel like a metalman!!!

    Good luck with your op and I look forward to hearing how yours went also..
    Take care always

  • You will beat me to it! We'll have to keep in touch, as we will be recovering together.

    Did you have a fusion with your total disc replacement at L4/5?

    I really hope that this spinal surgery (my first) will be the only one I need. I do know that I have other problems at other levels too. Seems that lots of 'spineys' have problems at several levels.

    How do you feel about it? You have a good idea of what to expect. I've heard that the recovery after a lumbar fusion is more difficult than a cervical fusion.

    Take care and hope all goes well during your surgery and the recovery afterwards.

  • Just thought; there is a thread called 'March Surgeries', where lots of us are lurking, either just after surgery or while we are still waiting. Why don't you come along and join us?

    What part of Australia are you from? My sister lives near Melbourne.
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  • Im glad that we are going to be able to keep each other informed of the progress..I had the TDR at4/5 and the fusion at 5/S1...Recovery after this anterior approach was 7 days in hospital and then gentle 10 minute walks every day and a reivew with your Sureon 2 weeks after the surgery...

    Recovering from the Cervical surgery seemed to take forever as he fused 3 levels..Im only now able to swallow properly as it takes months and monthsw for the sweliing to go down..

    I live on the Gold Coast in Qld..
  • I will be so looking forward to know how yours goes as today they put mine off until the 12th of April.

  • How do you feel about that Shelly?
    Are you relieved or disappointed?
    If it was me, I would be disappointed; now I have made the decision for surgery, I just want to get on with it!
  • HI Again,

    Yeh I sure am disapointed..I had put my head i the right mindspace and was just coming to terms with it all and BANG, postponed..

    I suppose its just another month on painkillers..

    Where abouts in the UK to youlive as all my relatives are in Sheffield

    Take care

  • I am in Sussex, so a long way from Sheffield.
    Have you been to the UK?

    We spent a month in Australia about 10 years ago.
    Started in Melbourne, visiting my sister and family on Mornington Penninsula, then flew to Sydney. We had an amazing flight in a sea plane over the harbour, bridge and opera house.

    We also went to the Gold Coast and spent some time on Fraser Island at a lovely resort.
    Finished off at Port Douglas at the Treetops Hotel. I snorkelled for the first time at the Barrier Reef.
    We loved Australia and hope, one day, to visit again and go into the Centre.

    Have a great weekend.
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