Didn't mean to submit yet.
The implantation goes a lot like RFA. First they have to perform testing with various types of temporary devices and see what benefit you can get. Then psychological evaluation and finally the surgical team will get a technician from the manufacturere to work with your doctor finding the best wat to implant the device and the electrical probes
Learn all you can as it's not like choosing a bandaid color. It's a semi permanent decision. I found out with my pump that if it's allowed to run empty it needs to be replaced. Once you dry the pump you vapor lock the system. And it won't prime. Kinda scary if you got stuck out of town in a blizzard or? I usually have a week left when we refill.View Thread
It is atypical to see degeneration in the Thoracic region, but you very accurately describe the areas served by the ganglia and SNS exiting the spine in that area. The nerves also support your internal organs.
The structure is very robust made up of a box truss style design from your sine around the ribs to the breast plate. The thoracic joints don't articulate as much as the lumbar or cervical. You can fuse most of your thoracic and move almost normally...for awhile anyway. I was fused from T4-T12 for about a decade and I had some times in which I was quite physically healthy and couldn't hardly notice the loss of flexation. While I notice the much greater loss of flexibility now that I've been fused on down to L3 (from T4), but I'm still amazed about how much flexibility I get out of my hips and what disc is left at L4-5View Thread
If my memory serves me, I read years ago that they were injecting the media into the disc and basically re inflating the the disc annulus with artificial nucleus pulposis. What your describing is more of a cementing process of fixing a fracture....?
So if I read you correctly there was no disc damage so they didn't have to disturb the annulus or nucleus ...thank God!
If I'm correct have you heard of what I described? Or am I completely wrong? ...it's been 10 years since reading about it.
Wow, I read up on kyphoplasty, but don't actually know anyone firsthand that has had it. So did they use the material to re-elevate the disc or?
Give us some details please. I love learning more spine stuff.
It's even greater that you got releif and I hope your healing continues!
Hey, a glass half full is always better than one that is empty
So No fusion of vertebrae, just freeing up nerve impingment?
We always say any back surgery is your last option and be sure to exhaust all efforts before letting them pick up the knife, but I think you already get that so I hit the fast forward button.
I know a handful of people that have good success with similar procedures in the cervical region. From my perspective, the lower thoracic and lumbar are quite robust. I have a tremendous amount of range and flexibility even after having 12 vertebrae fused...my cervical is in tact and it seems that the hip provides tremendous movement in multiple axis.
I'm still plugging away on my home improvement...today I returned the tile saw to Home Depot. I'm now staring at the half empty side of disability...I hurt like HECK, but my tile job looks nice. I'm quite happy to sit on my butt and wait for the mastic to dry
I need to be brief, I'm typing on my phone. It sounds like you've exhausted all of your options. Now, rightfully so, you're second guessing the decision and are anxious and fearful of what may or may not happen.
If you're comfortable with your surgeon (ortho or nuero I presume) I would be optimistic about a single fusion of L5/S1. While single disc injuries can be painful and there are no guarantees, I don't consider fusing L5/S1 substantial. You have lots to be positive about.
FWIW, I'm fused from T4-L3 and I'm heading to Home Depot to get supplies for a project.
I'll add more later, but I have to put the phone down and drive. I'd just pulled over to snap some pictures of the full rainbow off to my East
I've looked at this post quite a few times and I'm bothered. My brothers best friend had CP and its a cruel disease. Usually I'm working on multiple pages of ranting about treatments or modalities, but I have no clue how to help you.
I do wish the best and I will keep you in my prayers.