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Back Fusion Surgery results for Trapshooting ???

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by jtino, Oct 9, 2012.

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  1. jtino

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    My Doctor wants to fuse L4+5 in my lower back ! Please tell me of your experience with this type surgery ?
     
  2. darr

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    I had c3 and c4 fused.I was shooting in 3 months.I probably could of shot sooner but I didn't want my head to fall off.The doctor told me normally within 3 months the bone has grown together.When he told me it was ok to shoot I did.

    Darr
     
  3. grntitan

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    My advice:

    Don't do it unless it is absolutely the last resort. I mean if you have exhausted every other procedure and still have severe pain then and only then go for it. I am speaking from experience. I tried numerous things before surgery to no avail. I have had L-4, L-5, S1 done twice. Yes, twice. The first failed and the screws pulled out. When the screws pulled loose, It was extremely painful and made the pain before the fusion seem like child's play. I'm now shooting again but there is still pain. I've accepted the reality that I'm stuck with the pain. There are circumstances where surgery is the only option.

    The screws they removed after they pulled loose....


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  4. MACH4RANDY

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    Just had C6/7 fused one mo ago yesterday
    No pain from time I woke up.
    Dr. Says 6 mo to shoot. Worst part is the damn neck brace.
    Good luck.
    BTW MOST FAILURES TO FUSE ARE TOBACCO USERS
    I HAVE QUIT CIGARS TIL IT IS THRU HEALING.
    This does not apply to screws backing out that sounds Horrible!
     
  5. Barry C. Roach

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    I had my L4-L5 fused nearly 2 years ago. I did lots and lots of research. I was only interested in a cutting edge neurosurgeon ( pun intended ). I found that in the person of Dr. Luis Tumialan Jr. in Scottsdale, AZ at the Barrow Institute of Neurosurgery.

    He's a young guy who began as an orthopedic surgeon but decided to follow in his father's footsteps. His dad is a neurosurgeon in St. Louis. He's sharp and full of good ideas about doing surgery with the absolute least amount of cutting and has assisted in the design of the "downsized" hardware he uses. I don't have anywhere near the hardware shown in the above photos. I have two 1" vertical scars at the site and the hardware is very small.

    Those that know me know that, before the operation, I could barely walk. Afterward, upright, almost no pain and shooting again.
     
  6. shoottilithurts

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    i had spine fusion 3 times in the last 5 years. no improvement. the first two were done by the highest rated orthopedic surgeon in the albany ny area. the screws started backing out on mine, and it did not fuse completly on one of two levels that were done on the first surgery. so after about 1 1/2 years he did the second surgery. no relief. just got worse.

    i then went to a neuro surgeon, because of being worse than before the first two surgeries. had better luck. he had to do much more than the first surgeon,
    but the recovery was much easier.

    if i had to do it over, i would do everything posible to lose weight, get in better shape, and work alot with physical therapy before ever attempting surgery. i would also only go to a highly rated neurosurgeon, not an ortho guy.

    milt luther 518-608-4243
     
  7. 635 G

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    I just had a laminectomy & a diskectomy- y doc is cross trained in both neuro & ortho, Minor incision about the size of a thumb nail-was walking the day of surgery--was done as an out patient procedure. If you want the best man in Fl--Dr. Frank Bono, The Villages.

    Phil Berkowitz
     
  8. grntitan

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    Milt brings up an excellent point. See a Neurosurgeon for the surgery. They are brain and spine specialists. Do your research and find a good one. Demand a Bone Scan be done before the surgery if he/she is not already having one ordered. The Surgeon who did my first surgery did not do the Bone Scan and I didn't research it enough to know any better. When the screws backed out I changed Neurosurgeons and he immediately ordered the scan. Found out I have severe Osteoprosis and was never a good candidate for back surgery. Do your homework!!!
     
  9. FlaLagarto

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    Matt... you bring a whole new meaning to the term "metal head".. LOL
     
  10. johnlhelm

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    I had L4,L5,S1 fused in Mar. '06 with rods and screws similar to those shown above by an ortho surgeon. I have always been physically active and the PA said the bones in my spine were among the hardest he had ever seen. It took about 4 months before I felt ready to shoot again but once the muscles that had been cut healed up I have been pain free. Having the bone scan as mentioned above sounds like a good idea and I recommend getting in the best shape you can before the operation, you'll heal a lot faster. John Helm
     
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    This is what was removed from my wifes back. Now she is getting a condition called flatback. It happens sometimes after the hardware is removed. Her pain is worse now than it ever was. Think twice about removing the hardware and ask about flatback. Mike.
     
  12. CharlieAMA

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    I had L4, L5, S1 done in May of 2006, and released in Feb. of 2007. My procedure was called a 360. Went in the front and replaced two discs with cages, and then rolled me over and put in the Harrington rods so forth. I can do what ever I want now. I can't ride a horse anymore though. Greastest surgery I have ever had done. No more pain, etc. My titanium stuff is still in me. Do not have it removed. The bone will grow around all of it. PM me if you have any more questions. My doctor is Wayne Paullus in Amarillo, Texas. My wife had a similar procedure, by his associate Bret Gentry, three years ago. She plays tennis and volleyball 3 days aweek. Good Luck , Charlie Henderson
     
  13. wbill

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    Before you have the fusion ask if there is any other procedures that can be done that is less invasive like disc replacement where you will still some mobility. I have had C5,C6,C7 and T1 fused and for the biggest part I don't know how I could not get buy without it but I still have severe pain from the Arthritis that has come after the surgery. Explore all options first! Bill
     
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