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Fusion failure: anyone had a SPECT scan?

nix75nix75 Member Posts: 1 Listener
edited June 2019 in Dealing with chronic pain
hi all. I’m new to this site but so glad I found it. I had TLIf surgery in Jan 2016 and have been telling them since then it’s not right.  I got a letter yesterday after an MRI sending me for a SPECT scan as the cage is backed out. Does anyone know what this means please : thanks in advance and hi everyone xxxx


  • atlas46atlas46 Member Posts: 827 Pioneering
    Hi @nix75

    A very warm welcome.

    I have had chronic back and neck problems for many years.

    I recall seeing a spinal surgeon who wanted to perform a Posterior Lumber Inverbre Fusion (PLIF).

    Rods put in lower back and bone harvested from hip to fuse repair.

    At the time I was unsure if I wanted it done.

    So I got a second opinion from another spinal surgeon, he explained that there is considerable risk (can’t remember what these were).

    As a result I did not have it done, the thing that swayed me most, pain and discomfort might still remain.

    Though I still suffer on a daily basis, I feel I made the right choice.

    Have you got an appointment with the surgeon that carried out your operation?

    I am sure they will be able to sort things out for you.

    Please keep us informed.

  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @nix75 and a warm welcome to the community! I hope you enjoy your time on here and get your query answered soon. If you need anything else then please do let me know :)
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