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Multi level spinal fusion T3 thru L5

I had T3 thru L5 spinal fusion with rods 3 weeks ago. Was wondering if anyone else has had multi levels done and what to expect during this recovery phase. I had severe adult idiopathic scoliosis. Been putting this surgery off for a couple of years, but it got t where I couldn't. Wait any more. Any advice would be appreciated. Thx.



  • Hi jbraswell

    Welcome to Spine-health

    There have been a number of members with multi level fusion. One that springs to mind is @WLLady and she wrote all about her recovery.

    There are also Surgery Buddies groups you could link to. Just click on Surgery Buddies listed under Forum Topics and introduce yourself to the group for December. You can link with any group, so you could link with January at the end of the month as well to help other members with information in the led up to their surgeries.

    I have added two links below to help new members with information and these also contain the forum rules. There is lots of material to research that will give you the power of knowledge.

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  • WLLadyWLLady Ontario CanadaPosts: 427

    Hiya just saw this-i have posted my entire recovery in the scoliosis section-my scoliosis parts 1 2 and 3....please have a read!!

    Its a long recovery. Two steps forward one back. Patience is needed!!! And physio really helped after 3 months of being super careful....

    In the scoliosis section there are a few of us with long fusions-rae, ranger, me...a few others i am just blanking on names....we are all posting over there...drop by!!! And let us know how you are doing!!

    Dec '16 T10-S2 fusion with pelvic fixation. Laminectomies L2, L3, L4, L5, decompressions, facet joints removed. cages L4-5, L5-S1, rods, screws, scoliosis reduced to 0*.
    June 2015: Inflam facet arthrosis L1-S, pars fractures L5 and L2, 70* lateral scoliosis with 110* rotational scoliosis on reduction, facet cysts with nerve impingements bilaterally L2-3, L3-4, L4-5, spinal stenosis L2-L4

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  • Yes, I had a multi-level fusion Li-S1 and TLIF 12/13/17. Also from degenerative scoliosis, and I also put it off for the last few years (while I tried everything else). I'm glad I did it, but the recovery has been no picnic! Now in week 6 and things are much improved. My curve has been reduced from 30% to 10% and I'm almost an inch taller!

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